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Is it harder to get into UCLA or UC Berkeley?

jalxndrjalxndr Posts: 30Registered User Junior Member
edited October 2010 in College Admissions
Which is harder to get into? and what about transfer ease?
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Replies to: Is it harder to get into UCLA or UC Berkeley?

  • fogcityfogcity Posts: 3,228Registered User Senior Member
    From the Los Angeles Times (April 2010):

    Applicants to UCLA and UC Berkeley once again had the hardest time. UCLA accepted only 21% of in-state applicants, compared to 21.4% last year, and UC Berkeley admitted 24.5%, down from 29.5% last year. The next toughest were UC San Diego, 36.8%; UC Santa Barbara, 41.7%; UC Davis, 44.5%; UC Irvine 45.4%; UC Santa Cruz, 64.9%; UC Riverside, 77.4%; and UC Merced, 78%.

    This is for in state.

    For out of state, both UCLA and UC Berkeley are very selective.
  • bluebayoubluebayou Posts: 23,332Registered User Senior Member
    No simple answer bcos geography plays a role -- (both campuses like to tout their geographic diversity to the Regents and Legislature). OTOH, both campuses also recognize that local kids can attend cheaper (and will attend if admitted), so they will accept local transfers over those in the backyard of the other campuses.

    For Frosh admissions, for several years LA appeared to give higher weight to the Writing score -- dunno why.

    Just my suppositions/observations over the years.
  • jalxndrjalxndr Posts: 30Registered User Junior Member
    Iv heard UC's are accepting more out of state because they need the money? or would i have a better chance of transferring from a lower tier UC, than applying as an out of state freshman?
  • jalxndrjalxndr Posts: 30Registered User Junior Member
    Which is the more difficult school to get into from out of state? Berkeley or LA?
  • arcadefire1027arcadefire1027 Posts: 1,827Registered User Senior Member
    It's equally difficult to get into LA and Berkeley. It's very common to be accepted into LA but not Berkeley, or Berkeley but not LA. UCLA has a lower acceptance rate, but Berkeley's average admitted stats are slightly higher, so the difficulty seems to pretty much even out.
  • BrownParentBrownParent Posts: 12,754Registered User Senior Member
    It is difficult to transfer between UC's, some don't take transfers from other UC's at all. Community College transfers have priority. OOS admits at Berkeley were 8% of total. At UCLA it was 10 percent of total admits according to latest collegeboard.com
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