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"the coursework has to be approved, the homeschooled student would need to work through an approved on-line course provider or local charter in order to complete the coursework."
... realistically most homeschoolers with strong test scores will also be admitted as freshmen to the less popular campuses
Who/what authority approves the course provider?
All new course submissions are placed in a queue in the order received and reviewed by one of our articulation analysts. To provide a more objective review of the course content, UC conducts “blind” reads of all new courses, where the name of the institution submitting the course is hidden from our analysts. A-G approval is based on the course demonstrating compliance with the "a-g" subject area course criteria established by UC faculty.
But it is also true for applicants from "traditional" highschools, not just for homeschoolers.
didn't get the feeling that being homeschooled was a disadvantage.
I also have a feeling that "guaranteed admission" is a thing in the past.
For the highest-achieving California applicants, we have two programs. If you are in one of the following groups and you are not admitted to any of the UC campuses you apply to, you'll be offered a spot at another campus if there's space.
Note, however, that intended major does matter for UCB admissions.
Due to student demand, selectivity varies among Colleges, and—in the College of Engineering—among majors; for example, it is more difficult to gain admission to the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences major than to the Mechanical Engineering major.
For applications to the College of Letters and Science and Natural Resources no consideration is given to the indicated major in the review process. However, for the professional colleges of Chemistry, Environmental Design, and Engineering demonstrated interest in the major is also taken into consideration.
The entire California university system, both historically and presently, is structured around high school class rank. As originally conceived, the concept was that the top 10% of graduates would be eligible to attend UC's, whereas those who weren't at that level would attend CSUs or community colleges. There have been numerous tweaks over the years - now it has tightened to top 9% - but class rank remains a significant factor, both on a per-school basis ("local context") and on the "statewide path.". The ranking is determined by measuring GPA in only specific, UC-approved and required coursework. So the system is specifically designed around the idea that California high schools are direct feeders into the University system.