10 colleges that receive the most applications

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Between application essays, letters of recommendation and the SAT or ACT, applying to college can seem daunting. But applicants are usually far from alone in the process.

Of the 1,254 ranked schools that submitted these data to U.S. News in an annual survey, the eight that received the highest number of applications for fall 2015 were public universities located in the Golden State. The University of California—Los Angeles had the most applicants for the third consecutive year.

Boston University was once again among the 10 schools that received the most applications, and New York University is the only school that's new to the list, replacing the University of Southern California, which received 51,924 applications.

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Among the 10 schools on the list, the average number of applicants was 68,325 – significantly higher than the average among all the ranked colleges that submitted these data at 7,432.

Though the applicant pools at these colleges are large, none of them are among the top 10 colleges with the lowest acceptance rates or highest undergraduate enrollment for fall 2015, U.S. News data show.

Among the schools falling on the opposite end of the spectrum is Welch College in Tennessee, which received just 115 applications last fall.

Below are the 10 schools with the highest number of applicants for fall 2015. Unranked schools, which did not meet certain criteria required by U.S. News to be numerically ranked, were not considered for this report.

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1. University of California, Los Angeles

Number of applications: 92,728

U.S. News rank and category: 24 (toe), National Universities
2. University of California, Berkeley

Number of applications: 78,924

U.S. News rank and category: 20 (tie), National Universities
3. University of California, San Diego

Number of applicants: 78,056

U.S. News rank and category: 44 (tie), National Universities
4. University of California, Irvine

Number of applications: 71,768

U.S. News rank and category: 39 (tie), National Universities

5. University of California, Santa Barbara

Number of applications: 70,444

U.S. News rank and category: 37 (tie), National Universities

6. University of California, Davis

Number of applications: 64,510

U.S. News rank and category: 44 (tie), National Universities
7. San Diego State University

Number of applications: 58,970

U.S. News rank and category: 146 (tie), National Universities
 
8. California State University, Long Beach

Number of applications: 56,975

U.S. News rank and category: 35 (tie), Regional Universities (West)
9. New York Universities

Number of applications: 56,092

U.S. News rank and category: 36, National Universities
10. Boston University

Number of applications: 54,781

U.S. News rank and category: 39 (tie), National Universities
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Don't see your school in the top 10? Access the U.S. News College Compass to find application data, complete rankings and much more. School officials can access historical data and rankings, including of peer institutions, via U.S. News Academic Insights.

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20 (tie). Emory University, Georgia 

Undergraduates: 6,867
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $47,954

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20 (tie). Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

Undergraduates: 7,562
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $50,547

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20 (tie). University of California -- Berkeley 

Undergraduates: 27,496
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $13,509 (in-state); 40,191 (out-of-state)

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19. Washington University in St. Louis

Undergraduates: 7,504
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $49,770

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15 (tie). Cornell University, New York

Undergraduates: 14,315
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $50,953

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15 (tie). Rice University, Texas

Undergraduates: 3,910
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $43,918

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15 (tie). University of Notre Dame, Indiana

Undergraduates: 8,462
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $49,685

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15 (tie). Vanderbilt University, Tennessee

Total undergraduate enrollment: 6,883
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $45,610

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14. Brown University, Rhode Island

Undergraduates: 6,652
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $51,367

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12 (tie). California Institute of Technology

Undergraduates: 1,001
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $47,577

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12 (tie). Northwestern University, Illinois

Undergraduates: 8,314
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $50,855

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11. Dartmouth College, New Hampshire

Undergraduates: 4,307
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $51,438

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10. Johns Hopkins University, Maryland

Undergraduates: 6,524
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $50,410

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8 (tie). University of Pennsylvania

Undergraduates: 9,726
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $51,464

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8 (tie). Duke University, North Carolina

Undergraduates: 6,639
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $51,265

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7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Undergraduates: 4,527
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $48,452

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5 (tie). Stanford University, California

Undergraduates: 6,999
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $47,940

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5 (tie). Columbia University, New York

Undergraduates: 6,102
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $55,056

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3 (tie). Yale University, Connecticut

Undergraduates: 5,532
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $49,480

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3 (tie). University of Chicago

Undergraduates: 5,844
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $52,491

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2. Harvard University, Massachusetts

Undergraduates: 6,699
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $47,074

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1. Princeton University, New Jersey

Undergraduates: 5,402
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $45,320

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