haha.. i don't know. i was pretty shocked that i was outright rejected, but i'm turning 21 this year so i have a different perspective on things.
when i graduated from high school in 2009 everybody and their mother got into UCSD. most of you guys were freshmen then.
add in three years of budget cuts.. grade inflation.. downplaying the SATs.. and boy oh boy things have changed.
My stats aren't terrible: 3.7, 2220. I had a traumatic first two years of high school, which i explained somewhere in my app -- they probably didn't read it. My junior/senior year GPAs were about 4.2-4.5. Got a 800 Math II (back when it mattered). Took 7 APs, 6 of them 5's.
I taught myself programming and took courses at my CC while in high school. After that I spent 2 years in a foreign military in a notoriously tough vocation. Started a company while i was in there. Got a well paying job as CTO for a small company after that.
My counselor, teachers, parents all expected me to be a shoo-in at the mid-low tier UCs. I still got rejected from SD and sent to an alt department at UCSB. I declined -- obviously they didn't read my app if they thought I would be okay going undeclared. Only been accepted to UCD so far.
So yeah. I've spent 4 years of high school and 3 years in the "real world" preparing myself, and I still got slapped about like a plastic bag in the wind.
To the rejected: they rejected your application, not you. Cheer up.
To the waitlisted, I send you my best wishes.
To the admitted: Congratulations, and make the best of the opportunity you have been given.