Latinos are the largest group of applicants for freshman admission at the University of California. (Getty Images)

Latinos are the largest group applying for freshman admission at University of California

SAN FRANCISCO—More students than ever are applying for undergraduate admission at the University of California, and for the first time, Latinos are the largest group applying for the freshman class.

Hispanic applicants make up 32.1 percent of the freshman pool.

UC officials said Friday that the number of students applying to UC’s nine undergraduate campuses rose 8.6 percent to 174,767. That includes freshman and transfer applicants applying for fall 2013.

The increase was partly driven by a surge of applications from outside California.

The number of freshman applications from domestic non-residents rose 14.9 percent to 21,970, while the number of international applicants jumped 34.5 percent to 18,659.

The number of California students who applied for freshman admission rose 6.2 percent to 99,129.

The number of transfer applicants from California community colleges fell slightly.

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