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The 21 Most Applied to Colleges for Fall 2021

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Created by College Confidential
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The 21 schools below received more applications than any other schools in 2021. The University of California schools were by far the most popular schools for students to apply to. Eight of the nine UC schools made the list, and the five most popular schools were all UC schools. Other California schools, like Cal Poly Slo, USC, and CSU Long Beach also made the list. Cornell was the most popular Ivy League school to apply to

1. University of California, Los Angeles

In 2021, 107,356 students applied to UCLA and only 15,352 were admitted.

  • University of California, Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA 4-Year, Public
  • 2. University of California, San Diego

    Out of 100,073 applications received in 2021, 38,325 students were offered admission to UC _

  • University of California, San Diego
    La Jolla, CA 4-Year, Public
  • 3. University of California, Irvine

    Last year, 97,942 students applied to UCI and 29,301 were admitted.

  • University of California, Irvine
    Irvine, CA 4-Year, Public
  • 4. University of California, Santa Barbara

    90,963 students applied to UC Santa Barbara in 2021, and 33,385 were admitted.

  • University of California, Santa Barbara
    Santa Barbara, CA 4-Year, Public
  • 5. University of California, Berkeley

    Out of 85,682 applications received in 2021, 14,950 students were offered admission to UC Berkeley.

  • University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA 4-Year, Public
  • 6. New York University

    NYU received 80,210 applications in 2021, and admitted 16,918 students.

  • New York University
    New York, NY 4-Year, Private
  • 7. University of California, Davis

    In 2021, 35,304 of the 76,225 students who applied to UC Davis were admitted.

  • University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA 4-Year, Public
  • 8. Penn State - University Park

    Penn state had 73,861 applicant in 2021, 40,031 students go accepted to Penn State - University Park..

  • Penn State - University Park
    University Park, PA 4-Year, Public
  • 9. California State University, Long Beach

    In 2021, 67,402 students applied to CSU Long Beach and 28,400 were admitted.

  • California State University, Long Beach
    Long Beach, CA 4-Year, Public
  • 10. San Diego State University

    SDSU received applications from 64,784 students in 2021, and admitted 23,778 for the Class of 2025.

  • San Diego State University
    San Diego, CA 4-Year, Public
  • 11. Northeastern University

    NEU admitted 13,199 of the 64,459 students who applied in 2021.

  • Northeastern University
    Boston, MA 4-Year, Private
  • 12. Florida State University

    In 2021, 63,691 students applied to FSU; 20,668 were offered admission.

  • Florida State University
    Tallahassee, FL 4-Year, Public
  • 13. Boston University

    Out of 61,007 students who submitted applications to BU in 2021, 12,254 students were offered admission.

  • Boston University
    Boston, MA 4-Year, Private
  • 14. University of Southern California

    In 2021, just 9,618 out of the 59,712 students who applied were accepted.

  • University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, CA 4-Year, Private
  • 15. Purdue University

    Purdue received 57,279 applications in 2021. Out of those, 38,479 were ad

  • Purdue University
    West Lafayette, IN 4-Year, Public
  • 16. The University of Texas at Austin

    Out of 57,241 applications received in 2021, 18,291 students were offered admission.

  • The University of Texas at Austin
    Austin, TX 4-Year, Public
  • 17. University of California, Santa Cruz

    Out of 54,041 applications received in 2021, 35,174 students were offered admission.

  • University of California, Santa Cruz
    Santa Cruz, CA 4-Year, Public
  • 18. Arizona State University at Tempe

    In 2021, 53,516 students applied to ASU Tempe and 47,290 were admitted.

  • Arizona State University at Tempe
    Tempe, AZ 4-Year, Public
  • 19. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

    Out of 52,371 applications Cal Poly Slo received in 2021, 20,127 students were offered admission.

  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
    San Luis Obispo, CA 4-Year, Public
  • 20. University of California, Riverside

    Last year, 49,434 students applied to UC Riverside and 32,786 were admitted.

  • University of California, Riverside
    Riverside, CA 4-Year, Public
  • 21. Cornell University

    Cornell received more applications than any other ivy league school. In 2021, just 5,330 out of the 49,114 students who applied were accepted.

  • Cornell University
    Ithaca, NY 4-Year, Private
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