Changes in UC Admissions Policy
by Susan Lee
Director of College Counseling
Beginning with the Class of 2012 (the current juniors), there will be a new admissions policy for the University of California. There will undoubtedly be more information in the press about these changes in the months to come as this junior class enters the admissions cycle. The highlights of the change in policy are:
- SAT Subject tests will no longer be required.
- Students must complete 11 of required courses by the end of the junior year.
- Eligibility in Local Context (ELC) – or guaranteed admission for the top students in the class regardless of grades and scores - will increase from the top 4% to the top 9% of the class.
The only change that will be significant for Urban students is the Subject Test Requirement. All Urban students complete 11 courses by the end of their junior year. And, although only 4% have been guaranteed admission under the ELC program, MOST of our students are guaranteed admission based on their grades and test scores. (This guarantee of admission is to the UC system – not to an individual campus.)
Students might get excited about the less rigorous subject test requirement...however, most selective private colleges will continue to require two Subject Tests. And, even the UCs will consider them in their comprehensive review if a student submits them.
So, while there will probably be much ado about the changes in the policy, not much will change at Urban regarding the preparation for admission – and probably selection – to the University of California.
Tuesday December, 7, 2010 at 09:44AM
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