Waitlisted Students May Wait Longer as UCs Negotiate for More State Funding

According to an April 26, 2018 LA Times article, the UC Regents delayed a vote on tuition increase to negotiate for more state funding. This could be bad news for waitlisted students because the exact same thing happened in May 2015 and the UC system held the waitlisted students hostage during the budget negotiation (this was confirmed during the counselor conference later that year); students were left in limbo until late into the summer (August in some cases).

Students who are waitlisted or appealing should expect longer wait than usual (some UCs already said they may not notify waitlisted students until July). I recommend moving forward full speed with your alternate plan; no one wins when the UCs use applicants as cannon fodder in a budget war.

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April 28, 2018 at 10:00 am

UC Berkeley has two waitlist pathways this year. One is for fall (FFP) and the other is for Global Edge which requires one to attend the summer school and orientation at CAL starting June 18. If they are going to delay giving students answers on their status all the way into July womdering how that is going to impact their Gobal Edge Program.

Ms. Sunreply
April 29, 2018 at 12:43 am
– In reply to: Kathy

Hopefully Berkeley had this figured out. I have noticed the campuses discreetly blaming Napolitano for a lot of the less savory policies and actions or publicity stunts (such as extending the transfer application deadline). IF a delay occurs (I’m not saying there will be, but history tends to repeat itself where UCs are concerned), there will definitely be a lot of finger-pointing (the campuses will blame Napolitano, Napolitano will blame Brown and the state legislature, Brown will blame the inefficiencies of the UCs, etc.). Then all of the angry parents and students will move on, and absolutely nothing changes (and the same cycle repeats when the UCs decide they want more money from the state).

April 29, 2018 at 9:35 am
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

Thank you so much for your helpful answer. You mention that ” some UCs already said they may not notify waitlisted students until July”. Can you name which UC’s said that ?

Ms. Sunreply
April 29, 2018 at 11:39 am
– In reply to: Kathy

I’m not sure my answer is helpful, but I hope it at least helps set expectations (which, I imagine, would be better than being completely in the dark). I saw a message from a student in passing about July, I actually cannot recall if it was from a freshman or transfer applicant. If you were offered waitlist, the expected timeline should be stated in your portal, which, unfortunately, the UCs will keep extending if the decisions drag on; in 2015, the portal updated from “end of May” to “end of June” at the end of May, then from “end of June” to “late summer” in June. This is why I recommend that students move on with their alternate plan; you cannot put your life on hold in hopes of winning the lottery, especially since there is no guarantee that your life/career options would be better even if you do win.

April 29, 2018 at 12:04 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

Thank you so much, both your answers are very helpful.

Ms. Sun
April 29, 2018 at 12:13 pm
– In reply to: Kathy

Glad I could help!

Ruthy Zhangreply
April 28, 2018 at 11:01 pm

does this mean international or oos students will have higher chances of getting off the waitlist?

Ms. Sunreply
April 29, 2018 at 12:53 am
– In reply to: Ruthy Zhang

Considering the bad press UCs keep getting, I doubt they will admit a bunch of out-of-state/international students while CA residents are in limbo (although they don’t seem to learn from their mistakes, thus the constant bad press, so who knows). A longer wait would also create problems for international students, who may not get their visas in time, and out-of-state students, who may not be able to get housing. It’s just going to be terrible for everyone involved.

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