UC tightens up on SATs

The University of California is admitting fewer students with below-average SAT scores.From the LA Times:

Overall, the 2004 figures show, 51% of applicants with SAT scores of 1000 or below were offered a place by at least one UC campus, compared to 63% the year before.

At the same time, 89% of students with SAT scores above 1400 were accepted, up from 88% than a year earlier. In all, 8,359 such students were admitted in 2004, an increase of about 5% from the previous year.

At Berkeley, 43% of applicants with SAT scores above 1400 were turned down in 2004, compared to 48% in 2003.

A year ago, a UC regent issued a critical report questioning why the elite campuses — Berkeley and UCLA — were admitting low-scoring applicants while rejecting high-scoring students.

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  1. SuperSub says:

    Easy… they deny those whith high SAT scores because they need room for those who despite their low SAT score, can contribute to the “diversity of thought” for the school.
    I applied to Harvard as a high schooler. During my interview, the interviewer said despite my stellar academic and extracurricular record, I would not be accepted because the school was at the time focusing on minority individuals or those with special talents, like a junior figure skater who was nationally ranked and barely had a 80 average.

  2. Walter E. Wallis says:

    We just have to eliminate undergraduate work at universities.