Admissions to University of California – April 2015

UC delays release of admissions data amid budget negotiations (04/17/2015, San Jose Mercury News)

  • Last year, admission rates at UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC San Diego and UC Santa Barbara fell to less than half of what they were in the mid-1990s
  • “I’ve always had students who looked at Davis as a safety school and it’s not, and neither is Santa Cruz,” said Linda Clark, a guidance counselor at Northgate High School in Walnut Creek.
  • Lucinda Perez, a straight-A student from Oakland who will be the first in her family to attend a university, is a finalist for the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholars program, which gives winners a full ride to the college of their choice. But the 18-year-old had a miserable March. One after another, the UC rejections came in: Berkeley, UCLA, Davis and Santa Cruz.
  • In 2008, the Oakland Tribune published a story about Perez’s small public high school, Life Academy of Health and Bioscience, because some 40 percent of its graduates, most of them first-generation college-goers, had been admitted to a UC campus. This year, by contrast, nearly half of Life’s 62 graduating seniors applied to the university, but only nine — about 15 percent of the class — got in and four were wait-listed.
  • “I know the students are feeling or hearing that nobody seems to be getting in,” said Malissa Goldstein, a Lynbrook guidance counselor who has yet to see a final tally. “I think the biggest surprise for us is UC Merced has denied some of our highly qualified applicants, as has UC Riverside.” Those campuses have traditionally had the system’s highest admission rates.
  • Goldstein believes the trend is driven, in part, by fear: Each year, students alarmed by dropping admission rates are applying to more campuses than they otherwise would, pushing the volume of applications on each campus ever-higher — and admission rates lower and lower.
    • Diverse pool of Californians apply to UC in record numbers (01/12/2015)
      • 193,873 students applied for admission to at least one UC campus — 158,146 of them as freshmen and the remainder as transfer students
      • combined numbers represent an overall rise of 5.8 percent over fall 2014, the 11th consecutive year of increases
      • freshman applicants alone, the percentage increase was 6.5 percent over last year
      • On average, California students — including transfers — each applied to four UC campuses
      • Every UC undergraduate campus received more applications from California residents than it did last year
      • Merced showing the largest percentage increase, 14.8 percent for freshmen alone
      • number of California high school seniors applying to UC — 102,994 overall — marked an increase of 3.2 percent over last year and comes on the heels of state projections that the number of California high school graduates is shrinking
  • At Coliseum College Prep Academy, a small public high school in East Oakland, fewer than 1 in 3 UC applicants were admitted to a single campus, according to a college counselor, compared with more than 75 percent in 2012 and 2013. The high school’s valedictorian, Carlos Rangel, was admitted to UC Berkeley, one of the system’s two most-selective campuses — but was wait-listed at UC Davis, where, not long ago, he would have been a shoo-in.

Myths for College Admissions

Common Myths

  1. Taking the SAT versus the ACT will increase your chances of getting into a UC.
    UC has no preference for one examination over the other. If a student takes both exams, UC will use the higher score to the student’s advantage.
  2. A student who attends a “good” school and has a parent/guardian who have college degrees are disadvantaged in the process.
    Take a look at example from the above news article. There should not be any disadvantage if parent has college degree but for student who’s parent don’t have college degree, there may be some “additional” point but then again the most important thing is student’s academic level (GPA, test score) has to be in the admission range.
  3. UC discriminates against Asian Americans.
    U.C. undergraduates are composed of about 40% Asian Americans. Asian-Americans are the single largest ethnic group among UC’s 173,000 undergraduates. In 2008, they accounted for 40% at UCLA and 43% at UC Berkeley — the two most selective campuses in the UC system — as well as 50% at UC San Diego and 54% at UC Irvine. Asian-Americans are about 12% of California’s population and 4% of the U.S. population overall. Universities and Colleges would like to maintain some kind of diversity for it’s student population. May be the Asian American students cannot really blame the UC system. There are just too many Asian Americans who have great GPAs and test scores. Reference: University of California Percent Change in CALIFORNIA Freshman ADMISSION COUNTS by Campus and Race/Ethnicity (PDF) – For 2014: UC Berkeley – 42%, UC Davis – 42%, UC Irvine – 46%, UCLA – 42%, UC Merced – 35%, Riverside – 45%, UCSD – 47%, UCSB – 36%, UC Santa Cruz – 32%; Overall UC – 36%
  4. My Student gets 4.1 GPA (weighted) but cannot get into any UC.
    Read the example in above news article with one student gets straight A (assume 4.0 unweighted). A GPA of 4.1 is the average GPA for admitted students for the few top UCs. Reference: UCLA – Profile of Admitted Freshmen Fall 2014 – Weighted: 4.0 or above – 91.58% of all admitted, 3.70 – 3.99 – 6.15%, 3.30 – 3.69 – 1.84%, 3.00 – 3.29 – 0.32%, below 3.00 – 0.11%; overall average – 3.94 for all applicants, 4.39 for admitted, 4.31 for enrolled; Unweighted: 4.0 (the highest) – 12.57% for all applicants, 40.52% for all admitted, 32.53% for all enrolled
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UC Fall 2011 Preview Day

Each of the UC’s will most likely have an preview day this fall. These events are extremely informative for students and parents. All ages of students are welcome, but the events are targeted for Seniors who are thinking about applying for fall 2012 admission.

UC Davis – 10/15
http://admissions.ucdavis.edu/previewday/
UC Santa Cruz – 10/15
http://admissions.ucsc.edu/visit/preview-day/index.html
UC Merced – 10/15
http://admissions.ucmerced.edu/preview-day
UC Riverside – 10/15
http://my.ucr.edu/visit/Pages/default.aspx
UC Irvine – 10/28
http://www.campustours.uci.edu

http://transfers.ucmerced.edu/docs/ImportantdatesanddeadlinesfortransfersFinal%202012-2013.pdf

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

Locally:

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.