Goals In adherence to the principles set down in California's Master Plan for Higher Education, the University of California admits all eligible undergraduates who wish to attend. The Master Plan requires that UC admit freshmen from the top 12.5 percent of California's public high school graduates, but allows UC to determine how that pool is defined. The Master Plan also requires that UC create a well-defined transfer route for students who choose to attend a California Community College after high school.
Narrative Undergraduate students typically enter the University as freshmen directly from high school or as transfers from California Community Colleges. UC establishes specific paths and eligibility criteria for both high school graduates and community college transfer and guarantees admission somewhere in the system to all students who meet those criteria. This section describes the admissions characteristics of all entering freshmen and transfer students. More detailed information can be found in the March 2010 Admissions and Enrollment Accountability Sub-Report and the September 2009 Diversity Accountability Sub-Report. Both reports are available online.
Looking Forward In future editions of the accountability report indicators in this section will demonstrate the impacts on undergraduate admissions and enrollment of continuing demographic, fiscal and educational policy changes. Through them we will be able to see whether, how and to what extent the University will, in an era of continued fiscal constraint, meet its commitment to the state's Master Plan, enrolling and educating all eligible students while maintaining academic quality and affordability. Additionally, we will see the impacts on the demographic complexion and academic preparedness of the UC undergraduate student body of the revised eligibility criteria, which will go into effect for the entering class of 2012. These revisions will make more students eligible to apply, though fewer will be guaranteed admission.