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September 30, 2008 | Gale Holland
In another sign of the state's economic woes, freshmen entering in the fall of 2009 are being urged to apply early to California State University campuses. The application window opens Wednesday. Because of state budget shortfalls, the system will not be able to absorb as much growth in enrollment as usual, officials said Monday, so later applicants risk losing out on their schools of choice. Six of the most popular campuses -- Fullerton, Long Beach, Pomona, San Diego, San Luis Obispo and Sonoma -- plan to stop taking applications Nov. 30. The 17 other campuses will accept applications through March 1, but may close down certain programs or majors when they reach capacity.
September 30, 2008 | By Sandy Banks
It's kind of hard to talk about affirmative action in college admissions when you have a black man from the Ivy League leading in the home stretch of the race for the nation's presidency. How much more proof of equal opportunity do we need? FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this column stated that black admissions at UCLA are beginning to climb "thanks to outreach efforts and a switch to a holistic admissions process that considers students' life circumstances, not just GPA and SAT scores.
August 13, 2008 | Larry Gordon, Times Staff Writer
The University of California did not violate students' freedom of expression and religion when it rejected some classes at a Riverside-area Christian school from counting toward UC admission, a Los Angeles federal judge has ruled.
June 21, 2008 | Seema Mehta and Larry Gordon, Times Staff Writers
High school students seeking to put the best shine on their college applications will soon be able to choose which of their SAT scores to share with admissions officers and which to hide, the College Board said Friday. The new policy, starting with the class of 2010, will allow students to take the widely used college entrance exam multiple times without admissions officers seeing their less-than-stellar efforts.
April 14, 2008 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
With nearly perfect grades at a prestigious Los Angeles prep school and high SAT scores, Emily Podany should have nailed a spot at Stanford. But when she applied early to study astrophysics at her dream school, the Palo Alto university flat-out rejected her. Podany was crushed. "When you see the small envelope, you just know it's not good news," said Podany, 18. "I just felt very sad for a couple days. Then that turned into anger at myself for not doing better."
March 1, 2008 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
Alex Schwertfeger doesn't know what college she wants to attend. But the Notre Dame High School junior is convinced that the key to entry at her dream school is the SAT. To boost her score, she attended a pricey private prep class and spent countless hours at home studying drills and completing practice tests. Before she went to bed many nights, she flipped through flashcards of the 200 most popular vocabulary words to appear on the test.
January 30, 2008 | Larry Gordon
The University of California has received a record number of applications for freshman admission, with 95,201 students trying to gain entrance in the fall to at least one of its nine undergraduate campuses, UC officials announced Tuesday. That is a 9.2% increase over last year and represents in part a demographic bulge in high school graduates. As has been true for about a decade, UCLA again received the most applications -- 55,346 -- of any school in the nation. UCLA has been under pressure to increase the number of its African American undergraduates, which had been declining until a turnaround last fall.
December 27, 2007 | Carla Rivera, Times Staff Writer
Science teacher Rod Ziolkowski is spending his winter break working, just as he did Thanksgiving and practically every evening and weekend since the fall. Ziolkowski, dedicated as he is, is not preparing lesson plans but writing college recommendations for his students at Whitney High School in Cerritos. He expects to crank out 100 or more letters by the time admissions deadlines arrive in January. He has plenty of company.
December 20, 2007 | Larry Gordon
UC faculty leaders on Wednesday decided that a proposal to overhaul freshman admissions standards needed more review and revision amid concerns that it would take enrollment guarantees away from many eligible students. "It needs some work," said UC Santa Barbara professor Michael Brown, chairman of the systemwide Academic Senate. The faculty senate's leadership council on Wednesday sent the proposal back to an admissions policy committee for more study, Brown said.
August 29, 2007 | Larry Gordon, Times Staff Writer
The 2007 high school graduating class in California and across the nation scored slightly worse on the SAT college admissions exam than students did a year ago, officials said Tuesday. Small declines were seen in all three sections of the test, including the essay-writing portion that began two years ago.
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