UC and CSU accepting fewer in-state students

College acceptances and rejections have arrived, and this year’s UC acceptance rates are low, especially for in-state students. College counselors across California have shared anecdotes about their students, many of which have received surprising rejections from UC campuses.
In an interview for Inside Higher Ed, college counselor Rebecca Stuart-Orlowski spoke about a student that received a likely-admit letter from Cornell but was rejected from UC Santa Barbara and UC San Diego. Additionally, David Hogg, who helped organize March for Our Lives, was rejected by UC San Diego, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Los Angeles despite his 4.2 GPA.
“I knew about the low rates this year because my college counselor told me about it,” said Daniel Baek, freshman. “She said there was no way I could try to use any UC school as a safety now.”
There is a theory circulating amongst Californians and reported by Inside Higher Ed that this year’s UC acceptance rates are low as a direct consequence of UC Irvine’s miscalculation in 2017. As a result of having an unexpectedly high yield of 7,100 incoming freshmen, UC Irvine revoked the admission of 500 students on grounds of improper paperwork. Officials denied that the university’s unusually stringent enforcement of paperwork rules was in order to deal with the influx of freshmen, but few believed this statement.
Due to the UC Irvine incident, college counselors believe that UC campuses are managing their yields by waitlisting so that they do not risk having several hundred more freshmen than expected enroll.
Furthermore, in-state students generally have a lower chance of admission to a UC school than out-of-state students. For example, the UCLA admission rates of Californian students in 2015, 2016, and 2017 were 16.2%, 17.7%, and 14.6%, respectively. The rates for out-of-state students were 23.3%, 22.3%, and 23.3%.
“I think it’s ridiculous,” said Alex Hsiung, sophomore.
While official statistics for 2018’s UC acceptance rates have not yet been released, based on previous years’ results, the University of California has been accepting out of state students at a higher rate than in state students.