Reference for future Cal waitlisted students.
When did decisions come out?
- Many decisions came out late June. The "first" wave that accepted many applicants (with some that also happened to be on this thread) have been notified on June 20th, at around 3:50 P.M. P.T. It also seemed as if L&S at the time got accepted, which revealed something important that I will mention for (2).
What pattern can we decipher when determining how UCB accepts students?
- Decisions came out depending on your college and/or major. This varied quite a bit based off of my observation on this thread, but on June 20th, certain L&S majors got accepted while some have not been notified. The following Tuesday – the 27th I believe – more people got accepted. My major was EEP at CNR, but what was odd about this was that decisions released at around 6-7 P.M. P.T. Note that this did not follow the supposed pattern and wave of acceptances that many of us predicted, because we predicted that UCB would release decisions at 4:00 P.M.
Does income affect my chances?
- Don't think that the waitlist is about the University wanting to benefit itself. I read from a Ms. Sun article that being on the waitlist meant that the UC campus completed its class, and at that point would only like to accept UC students if the acceptances would benefit the campus itself. I might be wrong, but I am not necessarily the richest UC applicant, so my acceptance somehow seemed to defy my theory that being rich would increase your chance of getting admitted. Ms. Sun, if you are reading this, please – and really – please feel free to correct me!
What can I do to increase my chance of getting admitted?
- Couldn't think of a great answer, but I really don't know. I don't think anyone here knows. Some people did not write any essay or include grades in their waitlist application, but still got accepted. However, if I were you, write them out and include any grades; might as well, am I right?
Note that just because you submitted a UCB application, does not mean the battle is over. Get great grades and excel even after submitting your UC application – it’s just what UC – no, what ALL college students – can do. I reported some academic honors I received after submitting my application, and I think it gave me a shot at making the waitlist. Striving may also give you a shot in the event you get waitlisted.
Any majors that have better chances?
- I seriously do not know. I feel somewhat bitter for those certain majors – such as math, one of my favorite subjects ever – having a low shot.
Yeah idk, anyone else can add stuff if they would like, but that’s MY info I would like to share. If there is a UCB waitlist thread next year, I would be obliged to input any info.