UC Regents Adopt Changes to Freshman Admissions Policy
The UC Board of Regents in February 2009 adopted a proposal to change freshman admission to give more high-achieving students the chance to apply to UC and receive a full review of their applications. The new rules will take effect for the fall 2012 entering class.
The Academic Senate proposed the changes to address concerns that current policy prevents UC from considering thousands of outstanding students with high GPAs and test scores just because of a technical flaw in their record or a missing test – chiefly, the SAT Subject Tests, which are not required by any other public university in the country.
Under the new policy, all California high school seniors who…
…will be invited to apply and will be entitled to a comprehensive review of their applications at each UC campus to which they apply.
Within this "entitled to review" pool, two categories of applicants will be guaranteed admission somewhere within the UC system:
Together, these students are expected to make up about 10% of the state's high school graduates. If these students are not admitted to one of the campuses they applied to, they will be referred to a campus with remaining space (currently UC Riverside or UC Merced) and offered admission there, as eligible students are now. The remaining admissions needed to make up the full 12.5% pool of top students will be drawn from the broader "entitled to review" pool.
All qualified students, whether receiving the referral guarantee or not, will have their applications reviewed comprehensively by all UC campuses to which they apply and will compete for those seats. Their qualifications will be assessed using the same campus-based review processes currently in place – ones that emphasize academic achievement, but that also account for a wide range of personal accomplishments and educational contexts. More information about the comprehensive review process is available at How UC Reviews Applicants.
Differences from current policy
The new policy requires the same number of "a-g" courses and the same GPA as current policy. What is different is:
Questions about the new admission policy may be directed to Ask UC.
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