It was recently revealed that we are again the most-applied-to four-year university in the United States, with our record-breaking 91,512 applications this past fall. This is a 12.7% increase from last year’s 81,235, and the largest increase came from traditionally underrepresented ethnic groups, signifying that we are diversifying and bringing in new perspectives and cultures more than ever before. Such a diverse environment is surely beneficial for Bruins who are being prepared by UCLA, for the real world that is full of differing opinions and opposing views. The increase of out-of-state and international freshman applications (by 57.8%) promises the potential for plenty of cultural exchange. It’s not surprising that so many students want to be a part of this great opportunity!