Berkeley Early Admission Notification (Freshman Applicants)

Sounds like UC Berkeley made acceptance offers to a batch of freshman applicants today (Friday, February 8, 2019). In previous years this group came out to about 2,000 students; it’s unclear to me right now how big the group is this year. The offers targeted high achieving students; I believe all of them were also also invited to interview for the Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholarship. If you did not receive an acceptance offer, DO NOT WORRY, regular decisions will be released on March 28, 2019.

If you received an offer, you will have the option to choose a “First-Year Pathway.” The “First-Year Pathways” include programs Berkeley implemented in order to take the maximum number of students possible while alleviating classroom crowding. Here are the choices offered: Traditional Pathway (starting in the fall); Global Edge (summer in Berkeley, fall in UC London Center, spring in Berkeley); or Fall Program for Freshman (FPF). Keep in mind that Global Edge has an age restriction (you must be 18 years old by August 16, 2019) and students in FPF take classes that are separated from the main campus classes (might take more effort for you to fully integrate into campus/extracurricular activities – something to consider if you are really interested in things like being in a sorority or fraternity).

Congratulations to those of you who were admitted! Those of you who haven’t heard, hang in there!

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Camilla Dopulosreply
February 9, 2019 at 9:31 am

Which UCs send out some early acceptances other than Berkeley?

Ms. Sunreply
February 10, 2019 at 11:40 am
– In reply to: Camilla Dopulos

UCSB sends out invitations to the Chancellor’s Reception, an equivalent of early notification of admission offer (see here for more information). UCI and UCR have sent out admission offers early in the past (sometimes as early as January or February), but that varied from year to year.

February 11, 2019 at 3:22 pm

Just curious why UC Berkeley want to notice early with two different group ? Also, how do you know it ? thanks

Ms. Sunreply
February 11, 2019 at 4:02 pm
– In reply to: Albert

Regents’ Scholarship requires an interview so those students get early notification to allow enough time for the scholarship selection process to complete before students commit to enroll (“Statement of Intent to Register” deadline is May 1). Generally, UCs make early admission offers to highly qualified students in an effort to entice them to enroll (this is common practice among all colleges, such as Early Decision or Early Action). For Berkeley, this would include the MET students (the program takes about 50 students and it sounds like they all received early notification) and other highly qualified students (I think last year’s early notification group came out to be the top 15% of the entire admit pool; I would guess this year’s group is probably about the same).

I know when the early notification went out because two of my students were admitted; there were also discussions of the early notification on College Confidential. The information for last year was either posted on College Confidential or sent out by Berkeley in an email to counselors; I don’t quite remember. Other pieces of information were accumulated from various sources over the last decade or so that I’ve been doing this (for example, Berkeley used to invite Regents’ Scholarship students for interview in January before the whole “early notification” thing was implemented, maybe couple of years ago).

February 11, 2019 at 4:36 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

Thanks – make sense for those who can apply scholarship to commit with effort.

February 19, 2019 at 10:49 am

my son has not received early admission notice, I was wondering to know have you sent all offers via email on feb 8 or still possible we receive by the end feb. also MET is stands for?

Ms. Sunreply
February 19, 2019 at 1:38 pm
– In reply to: MINA

Only the top admitted students are notified early (last year the early admitted pool was around 2,000 students, which came to about the top 15% of the entire admitted pool). Majority of the students will hear from Berkeley on March 28. MET is “Management, Entrepreneurship, & Technology” program.

March 9, 2019 at 12:15 pm

Is it possible to receive an offer to interview for a Regents Scholarship with regular admission?

Ms. Sunreply
March 9, 2019 at 12:24 pm
– In reply to: Arbmahla

I have not heard of that. I believe the Regents Scholarship results go out on the same day as the regular admission decisions, so it wouldn’t work as far as timing is concerned.

Sharon Whitereply
May 3, 2019 at 10:43 pm

I would just like to say that enrolling in FPF does not take more effort to fully integrate into campus/extracurricular activities. The only difference is taking classes during the fall semester at a location a few blocks from campus. Other than that, FPF students have full access to the campus and all extra curricular activities. (my son was admitted off of the wait list –thank you Ms. Sun!!– and chose FPF. He lived in the dorms and did everything that “regular” students did.

Ms. Sunreply
May 7, 2019 at 7:11 pm
– In reply to: Sharon White

That’s great! I only have anecdotes from couple FPF alumni regarding the FPF location. Of course, each student experiences the campus/program differently and I am by no means advising against FPF, but some students (depending what they’re interested in) may find the FPF location to be a little inconvenient.

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