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GUIDING YOUR COLLEGE PROCESS
By Lisa Giarratano
The University of California sponsors an annual day-long conference to update college counselors on policies and practices within the UC system. This year, I attended the conference and here’s a look at some of the takeaways.
l UC overall admit rate across the nine campuses: 62% admit rate to Californians, 40% of UC students are  rst-generation students.
l UC Berkeley: The College of Letters and Sciences does not admit by major.
MENLO ON THE ROAD
UC OVERALL ADMIT RATE ACROSS THE NINE CAMPUSES: 62% ADMIT RATE TO CALIFORNIANS,
40% OF UC STUDENTS ARE FIRST-GENERATION STUDENTS
l UC Davis: The College of Arts and Sciences admits by major. Physics and applied physics are particularly selective. At Davis, it is always a good idea to select an alternate major in a di erent discipline.
l UC Irvine: Recently received a $40 million gift that will double the enrollment in the School of Nursing. Like Davis, UCI admits by major, and it is always a good idea to select an alternate major in a di erent discipline.
l UC Merced: Growing rapidly and is doubling in size. It maintains
a commitment to access for students from a variety of academic backgrounds.
l UCLA: When considering applicants in the College of Engineering, major matters, but the College of Letters and Sciences does not admit by major.
l UCSD: Has created new majors in Data Science and Real Estate Development. Still committed to staying true to the Residential College model.
l UC Riverside: The College of Arts and Sciences admits by major.
It is always a good idea to select an alternate major in a di erent discipline.
l UCSB: The admission rate is ~35%, however for engineering, it is ~15%. It only admits by major within the College of Engineering.
l UCSC: When considering applicants, they do not consider major except for the College
of Engineering. The campus maintains a very strong support system for  rst-generation college students.
I’m also excited to be reading applications for UC Berkeley this season. After three days of training at Cal and countless more working remotely with my reading team, I am humbled by how much care goes into reading every single application holistically. Already, I am better equipped to guide Menlo students through the unique and highly nuanced UC application process. It’s been an incredibly valuable learning experience and I look forward to continue reading for Cal for many years to come!
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