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University of California announces steps to strengthen its admissions process

June 20, 2019

The University of California today announced a series of steps to bolster the policies and procedures governing its systemwide undergraduate admissions process. As the preeminent public higher education institution, UC holds itself to the highest standards, and intends for these actions to protect the integrity of admissions at all nine of its undergraduate campuses, now and in the future.

To help guide these efforts, UC’s Ethics, Compliance and Audit Services (ECAS) — the independent audit and investigative arm of UC that reports directly to the UC Board of Regents — recently completed a systemwide audit of UC admissions. The audit was initiated in response to federal authorities identifying a number of individuals who were trying to “game the system” of admissions at colleges and universities nationwide.

“UC is committed to a fair and transparent admissions process based on student merit and achievement — one that provides a fair and level playing field for every applicant,” said UC President Janet Napolitano.

“We take our zero tolerance policy extremely seriously — even one instance of admissions fraud is one too many. While we believe the UC admissions process works well and has significant and effective controls in place, we accept all of the ECAS recommendations so we can continue to hold ourselves to the highest standards. We will implement the strongest tools and procedures  to identify and prevent fraud in our admissions practice. We will stay proactive, transparent and accountable as we look to build an even better UC for the future.”

President Napolitano has asked UC chancellors to develop campus-specific plans for immediately implementing recommendations. Per long-established UC Regents policy, UC forbids legacy admissions and does not grant preferential admission to the children of alumni or donors.

UC will remain steadfast in the pursuit of its goal of providing all qualified California residents with access to a top-tier college education and has thus far admitted millions of accomplished students and alumni who have helped maintain UC’s reputation as a preeminent public research institution.