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

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

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.

2011 U.C. UNIVERSITYWIDE ANALYTICAL WRITING PLACEMENT EXAM (AWPE)

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 http://www.ucop.edu/elwr. 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.

UC Davis Young Scholars Program

Do you want to do research this summer on a university campus? Join other high achieving high school junior and seniors doing original research in biology and natural sciences at UC Davis. Only 40 high achieving students currently enrolled as sophomores and juniors will be selected. You work one-on-one with research faculty and research groups in a laboratory for 6 weeks (June 19-July 30, 2011). Each student works on an individual project, prepare a journal quality paper and present at a symposium while living at the university.

For more information and application go to http://ysp.ucdavis.edu

Deadline March 31, 2011

 

UC Berkeley Summer Sessions

Berkeley Summer Sessions

Advance your academic progress this summer while enjoying the San Francisco Bay Area. Summer is the only time of year that UC Berkeley opens enrollment to visiting students. Berkeley Summer Sessions boasts a diverse student population combining UC Berkeley students with international students, visitors from other universities, newly admitted students, high school students, and members of the Berkeley community. Take advantage of one of our many offerings and enjoy the Berkeley experience.