In March 2015, someone in China anonymously tipped off UC Davis about fake applications (that were doctored by an outfit run by UCLA grads; the irony!). The tip-off (including 200+ documents) was subsequently forwarded to UCOP (which was probably then made available to other UC campuses). This more than likely explains the “optional” interview Berkeley put in place and the dramatic decrease in international admits (no official numbers yet, just hearsay for now). Read the full story here (scroll down to “APPLICATION FRAUD” for the UC story, which is sandwiched between stories from University of Iowa; if you want to skip the background story and just read the juicy part, start at the first occurrence of “Cunshande”).
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