Got Decision?

Remember that each UC campus makes admission decisions INDEPENDENTLY (this is the official stance of the UCs; there is some speculation about decision coordination and the UCs continue to deny that, but I’m a bit skeptical).

In the past decade, I’ve personally heard of four students (two of them were my clients) who applied to five or six UCs and were only admitted to Berkeley. Why am I telling you this? Because I want you to wait for all of the decisions (and, more importantly, the financial aid offers) to come out before weighing your options (yes, that means waiting for the Berkeley decision to come out on Thursday).

If you need help with the waitlist statement and/or appeal, or other options (transfer, gap year, etc.), I will post updated guidelines on my blog next week. If you need help RIGHT NOW, sign up for service by clicking on the corresponding links on the banner (at the top of this page) or find DYI resources on my YouTube Channel.

Emergency procedures for March: Please remain calm, listen to and follow instructions provided by the UCs. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with all backup college plans. Please use the stairs if there is a need to evacuate. If a student is in distress due to UC decisions, please notify Ms. Sun immediately.

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March 22, 2022 at 10:28 pm

Hi Ms. Sun! I have a question about the UC Berkeley portal astrology floating around on Reddit and college confidential. So the astrology last year was that if you clicked on withdraw app on the status page and if it gave you a checkbox asking to withdraw then its an acceptance otherwise its a rejection. This year the astrology is that if you are able to login with your account and successfully get to one of the welcome reception sign up pages for newly admitted students, then you are accepted. From what I have heard and seen, both tricks worked for a select proportion(even this year) but could it be a possibility that the astrology maybe a glitch if you have heard of anything related to this from the previous years?

Ms. Sunreply
March 23, 2022 at 9:56 am
– In reply to: Marshall

The reason why it’s called “portal astrology” and not “portal prediction” is because it’s like reading tea leaves. It’s something that students do to pass the time and sometimes it coincides with the decision and sometimes it doesn’t. Personally, I don’t see the point of guessing at something that is not within your control. If you need to find something to distract yourself, look through the admission offers that you have received and make a plan on how you will figure out which one to choose (look at campus programs/housing, attend admitted student events, plan campus visits, etc.).

March 23, 2022 at 3:47 pm

hi Ms. Sun, i’m a student with 4.7 gpa, 4.0 UW gpa, 1540 SAT, paid tech internship, and other school extracurriculars like 4 year music, volunteering, and student council. So far I have been rejected from UCSD, UCI, UCSB, UCLA, and UCSD. I’m still waiting for berkeley but I did apply for eecs (compsci for the rest). what are your thoughts on this situation?

Ms. Sunreply
March 23, 2022 at 9:44 pm
– In reply to: Alyssa

I think you should wait for Berkeley decisions to come out (3/24).

March 24, 2022 at 5:57 pm

After this week, I strongly believe there is some sort of decision coordination or understanding. My son (3.87UW, 4.23WC, 4.45W) was accepted at Berkeley for astrophysics, waitlisted at UCSD and UCSC and rejected from UCSB. He took an online astronomy course at Cal last summer (and got an A) and mentioned the experience in one of his PIQs. Something for future applicants to keep in mind. Berkeley was actually his #2 UC. He’s ecstatic he got in though!

Ms. Sunreply
March 24, 2022 at 9:50 pm
– In reply to: Kathryn

The UCI admission officer firmly denied coordination at the conference I went to on Wednesday, so the coordination idea remains a conspiracy theory.

March 24, 2022 at 6:16 pm

Is there any data on the out of state acceptance rates to the UCs?

Ms. Sunreply
March 24, 2022 at 9:51 pm
– In reply to: Colleen

You can find past data here.

March 25, 2022 at 8:34 am

Is it true that those UCs that release transfer result in late April do not start reviewing most transfer applications until the freshman admission results are released, which is between the early and mid-April?

Ms. Sunreply
March 28, 2022 at 12:27 pm
– In reply to: Jason

No, transfer admission evaluation starts at the beginning of February (after TAU deadline) and goes all the way through the beginning of April. Transfer admission evaluation is mostly done by transfer admission officers because transfer applications tend to be too complicated for external readers to review.

March 25, 2022 at 9:33 am

I agree, based on my son’s experience and that of his friends and acquaintances. My son has gotten his first choice, but I am still left feeling unsettled and queasy even though he’s gotten what he wanted. (I’ve got two more coming up behind him and worry for their results.) UCLA and Davis – yes. UCSB and UCSD – waitlist. Irvine and Berkeley – no. Given the relative acceptance rates of those schools (based on the information I’ve seen, here they are from last year’s admissions cycle – UCLA 10.8%, Berkeley – 14.5%, Irvine – 29%, UCSB – 29.2%, UCSD – 34.3% and Davis – 49%), I don’t trust those results as the consequence of an acceptably legitimate process. Grade 10-12 GPA is 4.53 (yes that gets knocked down by the UC calculation), limited by a max of 3 AP classes and 4 “advanced” classes total per year, with things like AP Physics 1 and 2 in 10th and 11th grade, AP Calc AB in 10th grade and AP Stats in 11th grade, lots of CC classes (including philosophy) during summer and sometimes the school year, and some challenging non-STEM classes (e.g., honors English, AP Music Theory). I’m confident his essays were strong, his extracurriculars are at least good (most involvement was in high-level club soccer, but he had an array of other things), and, doing a bit of an end around the elimination of consideration of standardized tests, he was able to report National Merit Commended student (nearly Semi-Finalist/Finalist … and we included his scores in the description) as an academic award. I know we live in a time of inflated achievement, but still. Every one of his friends and acquaintances that he knows about have a similar (though different) mix of results; some of those kids have academic stats as good or better than his. (As just one example, one boy got an early acceptance from Berkeley and waitlisted at Davis. ?!?!?!?!?!) He knows a number of instances of kids with clearly poorer academic stats than some other peers (and no apparent advantage in extracurriculars or, probably, essays) who got accepted at places where those peers got rejected. In short, there seems to be little rhyme or reason to the UC results from our vantage point.

Yes, I am happy for him, but I like things to be fair and make sense, and so I feel bad for kids as worthy as my son who haven’t gotten what they want (and appear to deserve.) Too, it may be us in the future feeling aggrieved.

March 25, 2022 at 10:00 am

Hello Ms.Sun, if you are in the top 9% of CA high school graduates but did not get accepted to UCI, UCSB, UC Davis, UCSD will the UCs reach out to offer admission at another campus (if space is available)? Or do you need to reapply or reach out to them? Thanks in advance.

Ms. Sunreply
March 28, 2022 at 12:33 pm
– In reply to: KP

Merced should reach out in April.

Mother of Bearsreply
March 29, 2022 at 2:20 pm

Wanted to let you know that my daughter was one of those this year “only” admitted to UCB, just as you stated might happen…. Instate competitive student denied at UCLA, UCI, UCSB, waitlisted at SDSU and still yet to hear from Cal Poly SLO (expected a no). She’ll be off to Cal in the fall, and happy as a clam after a grueling, demoralizing and exhausting application process. Thank you for being such a solid source of great information over the 2 admissions cycles I have endured with my 2 daughters!

Ms. Sunreply
March 29, 2022 at 3:54 pm
– In reply to: Mother of Bears

Thanks for sharing and congratulations!!!

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