UC Davis Decision Woes

I cannot emphasize enough how you should stop speculating or freaking out if you were offered admission, not offered admission, or offered waitlist option at Davis. This decision is NOT indicative of how competitive you are or how you are evaluated for admission at other UC campuses. Every year, plenty of students are admitted to other UC campuses after this surprise/shock. So try to calm down (here’s a cat video to help you relax).

For those who were offered the waitlist option, Davis no longer requires a waitlist statement. If you want to be on the waitlist, simply opt-in. Alternatively, you may wait for the decisions of other UCs and colleges before you decide whether you want to take up the waitlist offer (you have until April 15 to opt in).

For those who were not offered admission, wait for the decisions of other UCs and colleges before you decide on your next steps. When you get an admission offer from a college you want to attend, this is going to feel incredibly silly.

One final piece of advice: I understand the wait can feel unbearable but you have to learn to cope. You will, at some point, need to wait at the DMV, wait for an audit result by the IRS, wait for a medical diagnosis, or wait for the downsizing result at your company; if waiting for college admission decisions crushes you, you are going to have a real tough time going through life.

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March 11, 2023 at 1:11 pm

thank you. rejected from davis and this gives me hope. and anyway, college doesn’t define who i am!

Ms. Sunreply
March 12, 2023 at 10:02 am
– In reply to: Saras

You are absolutely right!

March 13, 2023 at 11:28 am

What should be entered for predicted Spring grades when opting in for waitlist? Are these predicted grades considered when deciding who to admit from the waitlist? If you get off the waitlist but then you end up getting lower grades than predicted (but not D or F), could your admission be rescinded?

Ms. Sunreply
March 13, 2023 at 12:49 pm
– In reply to: Al

My best guess is the campus is just trying to preemptively weed out students who will likely not meet the “conditions of admission.” Generally, you should be fine as long as you expect to maintain a 3.0 weighted (check with friends who have received their “conditions of admission” to make sure) and have no D or F grades. If you say you expect an A but got a B for a class or two, you will probably be fine; but if you say you expect A’s but got a bunch of B’s and C’s, that’s probably not going to be ok.

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