After much anxiety among high school seniors, relatively few applicants were offered fall freshman admission to a University of California campus this month under the UC system's first widespread use of waiting lists.
About 10,700 applicants last month were offered a spot on one or more waiting lists compiled by the seven UC campuses that participated in the new, and controversial, practice. But only UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara ultimately offered entrance to anyone on the lists, officials said. And of those 1,866 acceptances, just 780 students have decided to enroll at either of the two campuses.
The final tally of enrollments from the waiting lists is less than 1% of the 100,320 applicants to UC this year, statistics show. Yet, UC admissions experts said that the waiting lists were a valuable tool to manage enrollment during the state budget crisis and that they expected the lists to be used next year and beyond.
UC officials also emphasized that everyone on a waiting list had already been offered a spot at another UC campus. In many cases, however, that meant being admitted to the newest and smallest UC campus, at Merced, even if the student had not originally applied there.