From Chancellor Robert Berdahl
An education at Berkeley has long been synonymous with prestige,
quality and value. One result of this reputation is that freshman
admission to our campus has become increasingly competitive. This
year for the fourth consecutive year, we have received a record
number of applications nearly 30,000. Regrettably there are
a far greater number of exceptional students seeking admission
than we can hope to accommodate. We can only offer admission to
approximately 8,250 high school seniors with the goal of enrolling
a fall entering class of 3,500 students.
This year the campus has initiated a new admissions policy that
will provide the most thorough, individual assessment of any entering
class in our history. This new policy was developed by an Academic
Senate committee of faculty, students and admissions officers
that was chaired by Associate Professor of English Jenny Franchot.
In evaluating this years applications, we will use no formulas
or fixed weights. Our goal is to select applicants through a process
that takes into account a broad range of academic factors. We
will also take into consideration achievement and leadership in
non-academic areas. In all cases evaluators will consider merit
and achievement in the context of opportunities and obstacles
that an applicant has faced and the ways in which he or she has
This new process is being introduced as we implement for the first
time in undergraduate admissions Regents Resolution SP-1 and
the voter-approved Proposition 209, which eliminated the use of
race, ethnicity and gender as considerations for admissions.
Finally, I wish to express my gratitude for all who have worked
so hard and with such care to make this new policy a reality.
Faculty members have given freely of their time and considerable
expertise. Our admissions professionals and their staffs have
undertaken this monumental challenge with great resolve and dedication.
As you read through this special section you will learn a great
deal more about the new admissions process. I am sure you will
be impressed, as I was, with the thought and insight that has
gone into shaping and implementing this new process.
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