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Are you guarnteed admissions to at least one uc school?

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Replies to: Are you guarnteed admissions to at least one uc school?

  • Gryffon5147Gryffon5147 Registered User Posts: 3,765 Senior Member
    No one is guaranteed admissions to a UC school.

    You need to be top 12.5 percent of your school, or ELC.
  • alamemomalamemom Registered User Posts: 6,389 Senior Member
    Yes, the UC system offers a guarantee to eligible California residents who apply on time:
    UC guarantees a place on one of its campuses to all eligible California residents who apply on time. Keep in mind, though, that competitive campuses and programs look for applicants who exceed the minimum requirements when they select their students. When campuses receive applications from more students than they can admit, they use a process called comprehensive review to make their selections.
    University of California - Admissions

    To be "eligible," however, ALL of the previously listed requirements must be met. As mentioned earlier, students must apply to the least-selective campuses to assure a place. Some students believe that if they apply only to UCB, UCLA and UCSD, that they would be guaranteed a place at one of those. That is NOT correct. If denied admission to all campuses applied to, students who believe they are eligible must contact the UC and see if there is space available. Currently UCM is where space is generally found.

    There has been some discussion of eliminating the statewide guarantee, but no action has yet been taken on that issue.
  • rixrix Registered User Posts: 145 Junior Member
    I believe UC will initiate contact with students who applied on time, are UC-eligible, and were not admitted to any of the campuses to which they applied. I don't think the student has to have applied to one of least selective campuses to participate. It is correct that these students are only guaranteed a place somewhere in the UC system -- not at the campus of their choice. For example, if you apply to Berkeley and UCLA and are not admitted to either, and you are UC-eligible and applied on time, you will be included in the referral pool. Last year, as indicated in the PDF I posted above, referral students were offered admission at Merced and/or Riverside.
  • alamemomalamemom Registered User Posts: 6,389 Senior Member
    Correct, you do not have to have applied to the least selective campuses to be included in the guarantee, but it is sensible to do so to avoid the stress and worry of being put in the referral pool.
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