So all the college reps from the UCs that visited my high school this year said that UC's don't admit by major but instead by college (ex: Engineering, L&S) and that any major within the department has no impact on admission. As everyone starts getting back their admission decisions this year I can't help but wonder that their information is a stretch from the truth. I was told biology was extremely difficult to get into for UCLA and so I applied undeclared and was rejected yet I was very confident I would get into UCSD so I applied as a biology major anyway and sure enough easily got in. Some less qualified applicants I know of also got into UCLA for random/rare L&S majors which makes me wonder if I should have simply put one of the underrepresented majors down instead. So far I have only been rejected from UC's that I have put down undeclared L&S for out of peer rumors and simple assumptions. I did so because the UC reps that visited my high school emphasized major did not matter so I thought undeclared would not hurt my chances. Now I am wondering if applying as undeclared really does lower your chances because they hold you to a higher standard since if you gain admission you can choose your major. Anyone want to chime in on this? Does major within the department matter for admission purposes? I know the "official word" from the colleges is that it doesn't, but what is the reality? Not everything is as simple as it seems. I applied to Cal undeclared so it is worrying me slightly. Thanks in advance CC.
Note: This is not for transfer applicants, I understand that for transfer applicants the major is extremely important, but this thread applies to freshman applicants only.