The UCs are a-changin’!

Posted By: COYD Staff

uc system admissionsMany of our readers reside in California or are interested in the University of California system so I wanted to make sure that you all knew about the admission policy changes for 2012. Below are the differences between the new 2012 policies and the current ones:

1. Smaller pool of students will receive guarantees overall; however, more students from each school will be guaranteed admission.

– “The share of students who are guaranteed admission based on their rank in their own high school class will grow to 9% (vs. the current 4%)”

– “Fewer students overall will receive an admission guarantee (10% of high school graduates vs. 12.5% now), but nearly all students who have received this guarantee under current policy will be entitled to a full review by their campuses of choice under the new policy.”

2. No more eligibility index; however, more courses are required for all applicants, not just for the guaranteed applicants.

-“All applicants will need to complete 11 of the 15 required “a-g” courses by the end of their junior year. Currently, this is required only of students who are designated eligible in the local context by ranking in the top 4 percent of their high school class.”

-“Students will no longer have to meet an eligibility index to be considered for admission. The application of every student who has completed 11 of the 15 “a-g” courses with a 3.0 GP by the end of junior year and has taken the ACT w/ Writing/SAT will receive a comprehensive review.

3. SAT Subject Tests are not required.

“Two SAT Subject Tests will no longer be required for admission.”

4. Eligible By Examination

“Students who become eligible by examination will not be guaranteed admission. They will, however, be entitled to a full review of their application. Students who take this path must complete 2 SAT Subject Tests in two different subject areas.”

**All information from the University of California website.


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