Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Sorry. We're full - Part 2
“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...
Full story at https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Just-how-selective-have-UC-schools-become-Top-14871540.php