University of California Admission Information – 2018


  1. Freshman admission profiles by campus
    1. snapshot of the admitted freshman class for fall 2018
    2. PDF file with details for each campus
  2. UC student data (UCOP)
    1. for Fall 2018 with applications and admissions data (PDF files)
  3. Admissions by source school
    1. By year, UC campus, and high school
  4. Freshman fall admissions summary
    1. 1994 to 2017 with different views
  5. Freshman Admission Rates by Campus and Residency for 2015 to 2017 (PDF)
  6. Student Profile / Statistic
    1. UC Berkeley Student Profile
    2. UCLA Undergraduate Admission Statistics


  1. Ultimate Guide to the University of California Schools – include student reviews on pros & cons
    1. 1st tier: UC Berkeley and UCLA
    2. 2nd tier: UCSB, UCSD, UC Davis, and UC Irvine
    3. 3rd tier: UC Santa Cruz and UC Riverside
    4. 4th tier: UC Merced
      School Number of Undergraduates Middle 50% SAT Score  Middle 50% ACT Score Acceptance Rate
      UC Berkeley 30,574 1290-1480 30-34 18.3%
      UCLA 30,873 1280-1500 30-34 16.1%
      UC San Diego 26,590 1250-1470 29-34 34.1%
      UC Santa Barbara 20,607 1210-1450 28-33 32.8%
      UC Davis 29,546 1190-1430 26-32 43.6%
      UC Irvine 27,331 1190-1420 26-32 36.6%
      UC Santa Cruz 16,328 1170-1380 26-31 51.4%
      UC Riverside 19,799 1090-1310 23-30 57.4%
      UC Merced 7,375 1020-1230 20-27 70.0%
      School US News Ranking Forbes Ranking
      1. UC Berkeley 21 29
      2. UCLA 21 48
      3. UCSB 37 83
      4. UCSD 42 93
      5. UC Davis 46 102
      6. UC Irvine 42 106
      7. UC Santa Cruz 81 210
      8. UC Riverside 124 259
      9. UC Merced 165 unranked
  2. UC & CSU Admissions Data – Fall 2017 (Washington High School)
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    Berkeley 17.2% 14,624


    61.7% 4.22 1385 32
    Davis 43.6% 30,945


    59.7% 4.1 1310 29
    Irvine 36.6% 31,103


    67.7 4.12 1305 29
    Los Angeles 16.1% 16,494


    56.3% 4.22 1390 32
    Merced 70%  15,804
    94.3% 3.66 1125 23
    Riverside 57.4%  25,062
    88.2% 3.82 1200 26
    San Diego 34.1%  30,204
    61.3% 4.16 1360 31
    Santa Barbara 32.8% 26,879


    69% 4.1 1330 30
    Santa Cruz 51.4%  27,216
    70.8% 3.91 1275 28
    California State University Admit Rate Admits Applicants California Residency Average GPA(weighted) Average SAT

    (Math & Reading)

    Average ACT
    Bakersfield  93% 5,400


    99%  3.2 905 19
    Cal  Maritime 85% 223
     78% 3.3  N/A N/A
    Cal Poly

    San Luis


    31% 14,651
    N/A 3.92 1239 28
    Cal Poly Pomona 39% 13,307
    98% 3.49 1062 24
    Channel Islands 74% 7,613


    N/A 3.22 925 20
    Chico 65% 14,441
     99% 3.33 1000 21
    Dominguez Hills 58% 2,672
    N/A 3.13 851 17
    East Bay 74% 10,938


    98% 3.1 901 19
    Fresno 52% 10,404
    99% 3.33 900  19
    Fullerton 42% 17,515
    99% 3.56 997 22
    Humboldt 75% 9,765
    93% 3.26 992 22
    Long Beach 36% 20,326
    99% 3.5 1033 22
    Los Angeles 64% 22,567
    N/A 3.18 880 17
    Monterey 49%  7,576


    98% 3.32 977 20
    Northridge 45% 15,687
    99% 3.2 920 19
    Sacramento 67% 15,377
    99% 3.3 949  20
    San Bernardino 65% 8,916
      94% 3.21 893 N/A
    San Diego 34% 20,238
    87% 3.69 1113 25
    San Francisco 68% 23,841
    99% 3.23 997  21
    San Jose 68% 16,890
    98% 3.4 1040 23
    San Marcos 85% 9,102


    99% 3.19 N/A N/A
    Sonoma 55% 16,890


    N/A 3.2 N/A N/A
    Stanislaus 67% 4,665
    99% 3.36 938 19
  3. College Corner: Statistics nuts, rejoice! UC admissions by the numbers
  4. UC acceptance rates are shockingly low (March 29, 2018)
    1. acceptance rate (1997, 2007 & 2017) for each of the UC campus
    2. UC Merced, UC Riverside and UC Santa Cruz, still accepted over 50 percent of applicants in 2017
    3. A very noticeable jump is the 13-fold increase in international students‘ applications, and their rate of acceptance has soared as well. In 1997, 2,019 international students applied to be freshmen at UC schools and 798 (39.5 percent) were accepted. In 2017, 27,193 applied and 18,067 (66.4 percent) were accepted.
  5. State’s public colleges chasing out-of-state students, tuition (July 9, 2016)
    1. The UC system relied on state money for almost a quarter of its budget as recently as 2002 but that figure is 9 percent in 2016, after $1 billion in cuts.
    2. According to the College Board, the average cost of attending a four-year public university, including room and board, increased from $11,655 in 2000 to $19,548 in 2015, in inflation-adjusted dollars.
    3. In California, nonresident enrollment has been about 15.5 percent on UC campuses overall, but as high as 29 percent at the marquee campus, Berkeley.
    4. University of Alabama, where the student body of 37,000 is more than 50 percent nonresident
    5. Of the out-of-state undergraduates at Alabama’s Tuscaloosa campus, more than 3,000 receive merit aid in the form of free or discounted tuition — an average of $19,000 per student. In 2015, the university gave $100 million in merit aid.
  6. California Community College new enrollments at UC
  7. Transfers by Major
  8. Admissions by source school
  9. Undergraduate Graduation Rates

10 Practice Essay Prompts

  1. Discuss a significant personal archievement.
  2. Evaluate the pros and cons of a political issue, and discuss how that issue related to your community.
  3. Write an essay describing a person who has influenced you.
  4. Write about your favorite book, poem, or play.
  5. The admissionos committee has a copy of your autobiography opened to page 367. What does it say?
  6. discuss a challenge you overcame and how it changed you.
  7. What is the best advice you have received, and why?
  8. If you could time travel, what period in history would you visit, and why?
  9. You have been selected to meet with the president of the United States for one hour. What will you discuss?
  10. If you could switch bodies with someone for a day, who wouldyou choose, and why?

Source: College Planning Workbook, Spark Publishing, 2008, p. 138-167.

Impressive Candidate vs. Admitted Student | InLikeMe

Impressive Candidate vs. Admitted Student | InLikeMe
So, who gets in to the most selective colleges and universities? For the most part, admitted students fall into one or more of these three categories:

(1) students who can bring something “special” that the school desires;

(2) those with exceptional promise; and

(3) academically-qualified legacy applicants.

Focus on quality over quantity. We look for the opportunity to pursue (with gusto) one or two interesting projects, activities, and/or areas of research where the student can showcase some combination of leadership, character, determination, intellectual curiosity, talent, heartfelt interest, creativity, problem-solving and/or communication skills, maturity and ability. The “hook” should be genuine and be a good fit with the student’s interests and abilities. A hook can also be developed to either offset an area of perceived weakness or to create positive differentiation.

As an example, one of my clients was dismayed by the lack of intercultural harmony at her public high school. She endeavored to improve the situation by bringing together students to share her love for gardening. She founded a community garden project and encouraged diverse participation. She described her experiences (positive and negative) in various college application essays and was thrilled to gain admission to a number of the most selective colleges and universities.

Colleges that are still taking applications for Fall 2011


Univ. of the Pacific, Univ. of San Francisco, Menlo College, and Dominican Univ.  are still accepting applications.

Down in Southern CA:

Marymount, Chapman Univ., Concordia Univ., Azusa Pacific Univ., Biola, and Univ. of Redlands will also consider them.

Looking a little farther away from home:

Univ. of Arizona, Univ. of Nevada, Reno, Colorado State Univ. at Fort Collins, Lewis & Clark, Linfield College, Hofstra Univ., Michigan State, Utah State University, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder, Seattle Pacific Univ., College of Charleston, Montana State Univ., Oregon State Univ., Saint Edwards Univ. (Austin) all will consider an application

If interest, sent your application ASAP!  As always, go to the college website and contact an admissions officer to make sure that you have sufficient time to pull a great application together.

UC to wait-list some applicants

UC will again implement a waitlist process for fall 2011 admissions. All campuses except Los Angeles and Merced will use waitlists for their freshman pools. Davis and San Diego also will have a transfer waitlist, and Irvine and Santa Cruz are considering the option for transfers. The university enrolls more than 11,570 students for whom it receives no state funding. A waitlist is an enrollment management tool that enables campuses to attain their enrollment targets with greater precision while offering a space to as many deserving students as possible. What students need to know:

  • They might receive waitlist offers from more than one campus. Students may accept as many offers as they wish. Waitlist offers will be made by the end of March for freshman applicants and the end of April for transfers.
  • Once offered a spot on a waitlist, they must opt in. Instructions for doing so will be included with the waitlist notification.
  • Even if they accept a waitlist offer (or several), students should submit a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) by the stated deadline to a UC campus or other institution to which they have been accepted. If they later accept an offer of admission from a campus where they have been wait-listed, they will forfeit their deposit at the first campus.
  • Wait-listed freshman applicants will be notified of their status no later than June 1; wait-listed transfer applicants, by July 1.
  • Preliminary financial aid awards will be sent at the time students are notified of waitlist offers. Additionally, SIRs of wait-listed students will be considered on time for purposes of housing and orientation, provided they are submitted by the deadline stated in the offer of admission.
  • Eligible applicants who don’t receive an admission offer from any campus to which they applied will be in the referral pool, even if they are on the waitlist at another campus.
  • Campuses will still consider appeals. Applicants who feel they have grounds for an appeal should submit one, but they should keep in mind that the purpose of the appeals process is to deal with errors and compelling new information and hardship. Students cannot appeal for a spot on the waitlist.

In the fall 2010 admissions cycle, the first time waitlists were used broadly, a total of 11,703 waitlist offers were extended to freshman applicants across all campuses except UCLA and UC Merced. Two campuses — UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara — were the only two campuses to admit significant numbers of students off their waitlists. These campuses yielded more than 40 percent of students admitted off the waitlist.


This year, UC will administer the AWPE on Saturday, May 14th, to student who have been admitted to the University for fall 2011 and who, by April 1, 2011, have not satisfied the Entry Level Writing Requirement by other means. The cost of the exam is $110; the fee will be waived for students who qualified for an application fee waiver.

Students are not required to take the AWPE is they have a record on file with the University indicating achievement of acceptable scores on:

(1) the SAT Reasoning Test,
(2) the ACT combined English/Writing test,
(3) the Advanced Placement (AP) English Language or Literature examination, or
(4) the International Baccalaureate Higher Level or Standard Level English A examination.

Students also are exempt from the examination if they have successfully completed a transferable college-level English composition course.

Comprehensive information about the Entry Level Writing Requirement and the Analytical Writing Placement Examination is available online at The site explains the examination process and includes previous examinations that can be downloaded and used by students to strengthen their skills in reading comprehension and writing proficiency.

University of California – SAT Subject Tests Requirement for 2012 and beyond

While SAT Subject Tests will not be required for fall 2012 admission or beyond, some campuses recommend that students vying for slots in competitive majors take the tests to demonstrate subject proficiency. For detail (with future update): University of California – SAT Subject Tests

ELM/EPT Placement Tests for Enrollment At CSU’s (California State Universities)


All CSU’s require incoming freshmen to meet certain Math and English proficiencies through a placement test or SAT/ACT test scores or the scores on the EAP assessments you took as part of your 11th grade STAR Math and English testing last year.

Be sure you meet this requirement — don’t overlook it as in most cases if you plan to attend a CSU in the fall and haven’t met this requirement by May 1, you could lose your acceptance to a CSU.  READ all of the information a CSU admissions office sends to you or posts on your portal.  If you need to take the ELM (Math) or EPT (English) assessment tests, they are only given on certain dates and ONLY at CSU campuses.  You can take the tests at ANY CSU campus, though (so for example,  if you are planning to go to SDSU, you can take them at Cal State East Bay).

For more information on either of these tests (and to learn how to determine whether or not you need ot take them and/or find out where and when they are offered), go to: .  Don’t wait…check it out now so you are prepared!

Colleges Still Accepting Applications

Seniors, if your college search still does not feel complete, consider some of  the following schools who are still accepting applications:  CSUs: Bakersfield, Dominguez Hills, East Bay, CalMaritime, Humbolt; Colorado State, Oregon State, Washington State, Montana State, University of Nevada, Reno, and Colorado at Boulder. Remember to check each school web site for application deadlines as they do vary.

While the fall 2011 application period has concluded for most CSU campuses, some may continue to accept fall applications. Certain campuses also remain open for applicants for the winter and spring 2011 terms. Individual campus deadlines differ and it is best to review campus postings. For a full list of campuses still accepting applications please visit the CSUMentor Application Filing Status Report.  Choose “Undergraduate” for “Select a level” and choose “Fall 2011″ for” enrollment term and then press the Submit button. Then check out the “Status” column to see which CSU campus still listed as “Open“.