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Selective Admissions Process Applies to Fall 2005 Freshmen

(May 18, 2004)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — May 18, 2004 -- Officials at the University of California, Riverside today announced Phase I of a two phase Comprehensive Review process that establishes criteria by which freshmen students applying for fall 2005 admission will be evaluated. Additional evaluation criteria for Phase II are expected to be in place by fall 2007.

The University of California Board of Regents adopted the Comprehensive Review admissions policy in November 2001 for the purpose of more fairly evaluating the full achievement record of all applicants to the University, viewed in the context of their individual opportunities and challenges. The process allows each campus to use academic and non-academic elements of information contained in the application to determine an admission decision.

UC Riverside is implementing a Comprehensive Review policy now because the campus has reached a point where it has more qualified freshmen applicants than it has space to accommodate.

UC Riverside’s Comprehensive Review model was developed by the Undergraduate Council of the Academic Senate and today was approved by the Riverside Division of the Academic Senate. In developing UC Riverside’s review criteria the Council’s objectives were to improve the academic preparation of UCR undergraduate students and to maintain the diversity of UCR’s undergraduate student body.

“I applaud the thoughtful and careful analysis members of the Undergraduate Council used in developing UCR’s Comprehensive Review Model,” said James W. Sandoval, UCR vice chancellor Student Affairs. “The Council has provided the undergraduate admissions office with a well defined set of criteria and timeline for implementation and evaluation that enhances our process for admitting thoroughly qualified students who will preserve and strengthen the academic quality of the university.”

The Comprehensive Review Model is based on UC system-wide policies from the California Master Plan for Higher Education, principles of Comprehensive Review as adopted by the UC Regents in 2001, guidelines for Implementation of University Policy for Undergraduate Admissions and the Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools (BOARS, the faculty committee in charge of admissions related issues at UC) Principles of Accountability.

The criteria comprising Phase I are:
• High School GPA
• SAT I/ACT and SAT II scores
• Number of A-G Courses Beyond the Minimum
• Eligibility in the Local Context
• Low Family Income
• First Generation University Attendance

Phase I uses four readily available academic criteria that have proven accurate as predictors of enrollment and of how well a student will do at UCR, and two socio-economic factors. Applicants from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds who have achieved UC eligibility are likely to have personal characteristics such as determination, motivation and maturity that will contribute to their academic success.

Phase II criteria will be developed based on an assessment of Phase I and would include review of the personal statement of UC qualified applicants. As UCR builds experience as a selecting campus, the undergraduate admissions office will have an understanding of the impact that incorporating Phase II criteria into its selection process will have on projected enrollments.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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