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Breakdown and methodology

Oct. 27, 2011

"Global reach: recruitment abroad" is an online Daily Bruin project exploring the university's efforts to expand the out-of-state and international nonresident freshman applicant pool. The interactive map accompanies a print story, found here. Previously, more out-of-state students applied as transfers; the growing trend is that these students apply as freshmen instead, according to Robert Cox, manager of the UCLA Office of Analysis and Information Management.

With data provided by UCLA Undergraduate Admissions and Relations with Schools, the Daily Bruin mapped out the size of each country's applicant pool for the past four application cycles - fall 2008 to fall 2011. As a country increases or decreases in applicant pool size from year to year, the color and size of the circle change in intensity and radius, respectively. Numbers are as of Sept. 9, 2011 and may vary slightly from UCLA Admissions' final enrollment counts. The scale (located at the bottom of the map) is intended to be visually comprehensible; it is not to scale.

The world map vector file is attributed to Al MacDonald and is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Frequently Asked Questions

The map isn't working on my computer.

Make sure to enable Javascript in your browser. The site is best viewed in Google Chrome.

Are these all the countries that UCLA receives applications from?

Yes, all 142 countries that UCLA receives applications from are represented on the map. About 17 applicants are not represented because they are stateless or their country of origin is unclear.

How does the scale work? Does a really small country (for example, Bhutan) really have 10 applicants?

The smallest circle on the scale refers to anywhere from 1 to 10 applicants, the next largest refers to 11-20 applicants, and so on.

Why are all of the countries yellow for 2008? Does that mean there were no changes from fall 2007?

Each country for the 2008 map has a baseline color of yellow; 2008 was the first year of data provided. When a country has a yellow circle on any of the fall 2009-2011 maps, it indicates that there was no change from the year before.

How is "no change" defined from year to year?

If the difference in number of applications from one year to the next was fewer than four, the country was considered "no change." For example, Canada decreases from 238 applicants in fall 2008 to 237 in fall 2007. This 1-person change is not large enough to be considered, so Canada's circle remains yellow (no change) in 2009. This rule of at least ±5 applicants takes into consideration many of the smaller countries on the map, where the application pool often fluctuates between 1-10 applicants.

What are the top states domestic nonresident applicants come from?