Thanks to a budget agreement announced by legislative leaders and the governor, the University of California will offer freshman admission to UC-eligible freshman applicants who initially were referred to community colleges this year.
For four decades, the University of California had committed to finding a space for all eligible California resident applicants on one of its campuses. Proposed 2004-05 state funding cuts prevented the University from maintaining that pledge.
Because of the final state budget agreement, however, qualified California resident applicants who were not offered freshman admission this fall at any UC campus and who received a Guaranteed Transfer Option (GTO) offer from one or more campuses, whether or not they accepted the offer, will now be offered an opportunity to enter UC as freshmen. Students who have accepted a GTO offer from UC will be able to continue in GTO if they choose to do so.
Beginning in early August, UC-eligible applicants who received a GTO offer, whether or not they accepted the offer, will be offered freshman admission to UC for the 2004-05 academic year. Freshman offers will be mailed to the permanent mailing addresses students provided in their applications.
While some applicants will be offered freshman admission to a UC campus to which they applied, the number of applicants to many UC campuses and majors has far exceeded the number of spaces available. When a campus cannot offer freshman admission to all GTO-admitted applicants, the University may refer these applications to other UC campuses for consideration. Therefore, some GTO-admitted students will receive an offer of freshman admission through this “referral process.”
Some students will receive offers of admission to enter the campus during the Fall 2004 term. Others may receive offers that requires they defer enrollment until the Winter 2005 or Spring 2005 term. Campuses are planning to offer admission in the following terms, based on capacity.
GTO students who have already received an offer of freshman admission from a UC campus will not receive a second freshman offer.
Admitted students will be instructed to submit the Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) directly to the admitting campus by a specified due date.