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March 10, 2023 at 4:18 pm

My son just got on the waitlist for CS. We accepted right away and I Was wondering if you know the percentage accepted from waitlist for Davis?

Also, any recommendations to increase his odds of selection from the waitlist ?

Ms. Sunreply
March 10, 2023 at 5:09 pm
– In reply to: Thomas

You can look for the information here in the campus updates.

Selection from waitlist is affected by the college (where the major resides) and the major.

Is it a straight opt-in? There’s no waitlist statement?

March 10, 2023 at 6:00 pm

My child got admitted to CS in College of Letter and Science. My understanding is that UCD admits by college, is this correct? Does this mean the student will have to declare major (CS) later? Thanks!

Ms. Sunreply
March 10, 2023 at 6:10 pm
– In reply to: AZ

Based on the information here, it appears that students must go through a major declaration process.

March 10, 2023 at 6:23 pm

Thanks! So the major declaration process applies to both CS (in College of Letter and Science) and CSE (in College of Engineering) at UCD, correct?

Ms. Sunreply
March 11, 2023 at 9:01 am
– In reply to: AZ

The major declaration process here only applies to CS in L&S.

CSE in engineering is subject to a different set of rules; please review the “change of major” information here.

Angela Sreply
March 10, 2023 at 6:54 pm

My son got admitted to UC Davis – Env Science and also just got accepted on Cal Poly portal!

Ms. Sunreply
March 11, 2023 at 9:02 am
– In reply to: Angela S


March 11, 2023 at 8:39 am

Thanks for your reply! It was a straight opt-in with no mention of a waitlist statement anywhere. That is confusing because I read in the past years blogs about the waitlist statement and was wondering if they do not accept/require that any more, or is it only requested for some waitlisted students and what would that mean? (the only area to possibly add a statement would be in “Reporting Grade Changes” page in the “Any additional comments” section, which does not seem appropriate to do).

Also, it says waitlist College of Letters & Science: Computer Science. We assumed that this was his declaration into his major Computer Science. I checked your link in the comment below and did not see anything indicating this.

Ms. Sunreply
March 11, 2023 at 9:09 am
– In reply to: Thomas

I looked into it a little bit and the campus has removed any mention of a waitlist statement on the “waitlist FAQ” page so I think it’s safe to assume that has gone out the window.

I did a cursory review of the major declaration information and my speculation is that incoming CS students are “labeled” CS but there are so many requirements that the students have to follow, everyone is required to officially declare to stay in the major (kind of a checkpoint for the department to kick out unqualified students). My guess is any student not “labeled” CS will have to follow the “change of major” process, which may be slightly more stringent and challenging (my assumption is that CS courses will have reserved spaces for students “labeled” as CS so anyone who doesn’t have that designation will have to fight for whatever left over spaces, if any, in the courses).

March 11, 2023 at 10:06 am

Thank you for your quick and detailed response! Your blog and webpage is an excellent and appreciated resource, and we will definitely utilize your service offerings when the need arises!

Ms. Sunreply
March 11, 2023 at 10:19 am
– In reply to: Thomas

I’m happy to help.

March 11, 2023 at 10:47 am

My child was waitlisted at UC Davis yet admitted to Cal Poly San Luis.

I appreciate your note not to “freak out,” but we are all really confused by the UC Davis waitlist. They are a stellar student (GPA 4.2, all the bells and whistles, etc), yet we know so many CA residents are deserving and have strong academic records.

In late November, they received an email from UC Berkeley asking them to submit two letters of recommendation (which they did).

It’s difficult to not read into any of this information, including the request from Berkeley. Which we thought could only be a GOOD thing–but not a guarantee, of course.

Thanks for all help on your site.

Ms. Sunreply
March 11, 2023 at 11:17 am
– In reply to: Jill

Davis has long been suspected of practicing “yield protection“; it’s the only UC campus that consistently makes “very confusing” decisions every year.

Parents and students often think that admission decisions are made entirely based on the applicants’ merit. That is not really the case. The UCs have to consider a lot of things, including how they are serving the overall population of California and whether their enrollment goals are aligned with their mission as public institutions (which heavily leans into being engines of social mobility – I feel like a lot of middle and upper-middle class families don’t realize that they are not the target population).

There are also technological advances that are bringing potentially unaccountable changes to enrollment management (I believe all UCs have switched to an enrollment management software called SLATE and at least one UC campus faculty has raised questions about the unknowable logic of the admission recommendations the software makes; source). It’s one of the many ways that AI is permeating through and affecting our lives (and not really getting the attention like ChatGPT).

From my perspective, given the states removing college degrees as job requirements and people being buried alive by snow in areas that do not typically snow (which will surely be on wildfire alert in six to eight weeks), speculating about how colleges make admission decisions (which encompasses so many factors that are outside of the realm of typical parental/student knowledge) maybe shouldn’t be very high on the list of things to freak out about.

March 11, 2023 at 11:29 am

Hi, this is in the offer notification. I assume this means that the student is “labeled” CS and that he will be able to take the CS courses without having to fight for the spaces? Thanks!

It is our pleasure to notify you that you are admitted to the University of California, Davis, for fall quarter 2023 in the Computer Science major. We applaud your hard work toward this important milestone and would be honored to have you as a member of our UC Davis community.

Ms. Sunreply
March 11, 2023 at 12:08 pm
– In reply to: AZ

Yes, I would think the student is “labeled.” Although I would suggest getting clarification when speaking to the academic advisor regarding course enrollment (whether required core CS courses have reserved seats for current CS students). As much as I’d like to think institutions should be competent and have common sense, I constantly encounter incompetence and lack of common sense.

March 11, 2023 at 6:03 pm

Thanks for replying.

Ms. Sunreply
March 12, 2023 at 10:04 am
– In reply to: Jill

I know it’s not much comfort, but this too shall pass!

March 11, 2023 at 6:39 pm

Got it, thanks so much! The information you post on your website is always so reliable and insightful. Appreciate it!

Ms. Sunreply
March 12, 2023 at 10:04 am
– In reply to: AZ

Glad I could help!

March 12, 2023 at 12:05 pm

What is the acceptance rate for UC Davis Honors Program? like what number of freshmen applicants get honors program with their acceptance

Ms. Sunreply
March 13, 2023 at 11:57 am
– In reply to: James

I did a cursory review of the Davis Honors Program website and didn’t see any obvious information about the cohort size. However, there is a mention that Honors students all live in the Living-Learning Community in the Tercero residence halls. If you want to do the calculation, you can try to find the capacity for the Living-Learning Community (which would be the “final yield”) and divide that by the UC Davis yield rate (you can look that up here) to get the approximate number of admitted students who were offered the program. You can then divide that number by the total number of students admitted to Davis (this year’s number should be released in July) to get the percentage of admitted students who were offered the program.

I can’t guarantee my logic/math is right. If anyone sees an error, please let me know.

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