Today I attended the annual UC Counselor Conference for 2013 at UCLA where a wealth of information was presented. It was confirmed that the UC system continues to be highly competitive and selective. Here are some of the other highlights from today’s meeting:
- There will be no tuition increases for 2013-14
- Over 99,000 California residents have applied to the UC system (to an average number of 4 campuses)
- There was a 62.8% admit rate for the system.
- The UC system’s enrollment of international and out-of-state students is not at the expense of CA residents.
- Applicants are evaluated based on a comprehensive review (14 academic and personal factors).
- The applicant is looked at within the personal and school context that he/she comes from.
- Online COLLEGE courses can meet requirements for VPA and Lab Science. Any U.S. regionally accredited college will qualify.
- Wait lists will continue to be used.
- Keep in mind the July 1st deadline for final transcripts.
- Starting in Fall 2015 the UC application will become available on August 1st, moving up from October 1st. The deadline of November 30th will remain the same.
- Starting in Fall 2014 the ethnic category of Southwest Asian and North African will be added to the application.
- For a California Community College A-G Course List, you can access it at
- Standardized tests must be completed by December. Scores will be sent to all campuses to which the student has applied.
- Each campus acts on its own in making admission decisions.
- When reporting grades on the application, be accurate and use a transcript.
- They recommend students apply broadly across the UC system.
- Students should pursue leadership opportunities, take challenging classes, show strength in their grades, and maintain their commitments to extracurricular activities and community service.
- If you would like more information about applying to a University of California campus, please feel free to contact Pam at Helping Hand College Guidance.