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UC Berkeley joins other UC campuses in starting freshman waiting list

UC Berkeley will join six other University of California campuses in compiling a waiting list for freshman admissions this month, officials said. Previously, UC Berkeley had said it was studying whether to use the backup lists, which are a break with UC tradition but are being adopted this year to help campuses better hit their enrollment targets during the budget crisis.

Of UC’s nine undergraduate campuses, only UCLA and UC Merced have decided against using the lists. A UC Berkeley spokesperson said that admissions acceptances, denials and wait list notifications all will be posted online March 25. The school expects its list to be relatively small, about 200 students. Other campuses also are scheduled to notify applicants of various decisions by the end of the month.

Landing a spot on a waiting list means a student may have a chance of acceptance if space becomes available, although at many colleges, relatively few students ever move from the lists to actual enrollment. Some high school counselors have complained that waiting lists simply extend the tension of the college application season and take students’ focus away from the schools they probably will attend.

– Larry Gordon