Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Sorry. We're full - Part 2

From the San Francisco Chronicle: Madeline Bedwell’s dad went to UC Berkeley. Her mom attended UC Santa Barbara. Her uncle graduated from two UC schools, including UC Davis Law School. But even with that history, Madeline, 17 — a flute player with A-minus grades at San Francisco’s Ruth Asawa School of the Arts — faces more daunting odds than her parents did of getting into either of their schools or the three other University of California campuses she’s just applied to.

“You know, at the time my husband and I went to UC schools, if you had good grades, you went to a UC school — and you thought your kids would go there,” said Madeline’s mom, Joanne Bedwell, a physical therapist in San Francisco. “But as we’ve gotten closer to this process, we’ve learned how competitive it’s gotten. Today, I would have never gotten into UC Santa Barbara.”

The number of students accepted to a UC campus actually rose by 30,913 between 2009 and 2018 — a 40% increase. At the same time, the number of California high school students accepted to a UC school also rose, by 2,984 students, or 4%.  But what has parents like Bedwell so frustrated is the acceptance rate, which has dropped like a skydiver in the last decade, according to a Chronicle analysis of UC data. UC campuses accepted 78% of applicants in 2009. Last year, they opened the door to just 59%. The decline in acceptances was even steeper for California high school students: from 85% to 59% over the same period.

UCLA had the lowest acceptance rate last year: 14%, down from 22% in 2009. Among California high school applicants, the campus accepted just 12%, down from 18% a decade before. UC Berkeley offered admission to just 17% of California high school applicants last year, down from 24% in 2009. That coveted campus accepted 15% of all freshman applicants last year, down from 22% a decade before. While it doesn’t have the lowest rate of the nine undergraduate UC campuses, UC Berkeley admitted the fewest applicants, just 13,301 out of 89,609...

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