7) The last recourse for rejected applicants is to write appeals, but their chances are slim. Only about 15% prevail. Noted an admissions officer in 1990: "As in past years, the basic approach was to change the decision only in exceptional cases. When a change seems warranted, we usually offered winter and were stingy with fall offers."
8) Each student offered admission must decide whether to accept UCLA's invitation. Many eventually choose to go to college elsewhere.
The Back Door
According to confidential admissions documents reviewed by The Times:
* Politicians, donors, alumni and celebrities "sponsor" applicants by bringing their names to the attention of high-ranking UCLA officials. Sometimes, they even give them the student's application.
* Some special requests go to Chancellor Charles E. Young's office, either to his personal attention, his top assistants or his vice chancellor for university relations.