About 10,700 applicants last month were offered a spot on one or more waiting lists compiled by the seven UC campuses that participated in the new, and controversial, practice. But only UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara ultimately offered entrance to anyone on the lists, officials said. And of those 1,866 acceptances, just 780 students have decided to enroll at either of the two campuses.
The new UC wait list was very controversial in the state since it was, as it is at all other schools, a source of a lot of stress for high school students. Everyone wait-listed at a UC school was actually offered admission at least one other UC school. As Gordon pointed out, however, in many cases that other school was “the newest and smallest UC campus, at Merced, even if the student had not originally applied there.”