UC Davis/Irvine Decision Woes

I cannot emphasize enough how you should stop speculating or freaking out if you were not offered admission or if you were offered waitlist option at Davis or Irvine. These decisions are 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, simply opt-in if you want to be on the waitlist. Alternatively, you may wait for the decisions of other UCs and colleges before you decide whether you want to take up the waitlist offer (keep an eye on the opt-in deadline). Remember, all UCs, including these two campuses, will NOT review unsolicited information (so don’t send letters of continued interest).

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 from the IRS, wait for a medical diagnosis, or wait for the downsizing notice 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 9, 2024 at 4:45 am

This advice on “the wait” is an absolute gem! Your insight into the broader significance of coping with waiting goes beyond college admissions—it’s a lesson in resilience for navigating life’s uncertainties with grace. Your words truly resonate and offer invaluable perspective. Thank you for sharing such profound wisdom!

Ms. Sunreply
March 9, 2024 at 8:50 am
– In reply to: Meg

Thank you for your very kind words. Your comment made my day!

April 20, 2024 at 9:57 pm

Davis 100% doesn’t accept letters of continued interest?

Ms. Sunreply
April 21, 2024 at 9:47 am
– In reply to: Bella

If Davis accepts anything, there will be instructions on the waitlist opt-in page, carefully review the waitlist opt-in page again to make sure.

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