BERKELEY (CBS/AP) – The University of California is reporting a big jump in the number of students applying for undergraduate admission.

University officials on Friday said a record high 160,939 students applied to start college in fall 2012. That’s 13.2 percent more than last year.

The number of freshman applicants jumped 19.1 percent, driven by a spike in applications from out-of-state and international students. Applications from transfer fell by 4.2 percent.

UC attributes the increase in part to a new admissions policy that’s intended to broaden the range of applicants. For the first time, applicants are no longer required to take SAT subject exams.

The university says it saw small increases in the numbers of applications from African American and Latino students, as well as applicants from low-income families.

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