July 26 2002

BC University Filled, Students Look for Other Options

Hundreds of would-be students that scored too low on entrance exams to be admitted to the programs of their choice at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California in Tijuana, went to the university yesterday, Monday, July 22, 2002, to see what options they might have for next year.

Starting at 7:00 a.m., students began to line up at UABC offices to speak with university officials. At one office, at 10:30 a.m., where 150 students were waiting, only the eleventh student to arrive was meeting with university employees. In another part of the university, 200 students were waiting in a separate office.

Many of the students had been put on wait lists after scoring low on entrance exams and yesterday they wanted to find out what their chances were to be admitted to the program of their choice for the next academic year. Other students knew they would never get into the program they most desired and were speaking to officials about other courses of study.

Interviewed in the Tijuana newspaper Frontera, 19 year old Alejandro Hernández Núñez said he had taken the medical-school entrance exam twice but had failed on both occasions to be admitted to that school. In speaking with a university official, he learned that he might have a chance of making it off the wait list and into the medical program.

Hernández said that the person he spoke with suggested that he study literature or history but Hernández said he would prefer to wait until February and take the entrance exam for the chemical engineering program.

Like many of those not yet admitted to UABC, Hernández said that he could not afford to study at a private university, especially because he has younger siblings still in school.

Miriam López did not get into UABC’s law school, one of UABC’s most sought after programs. If she does not make it into the program from the wait list, where she is number 76, López said she would start working and retake the entrance exam in February.

If she did not make it into the law school on her second attempt, she said she would begin studying at a private university. However, to do so would be expensive and she would have to work while she was in school, she stated.

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