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About this blog: We are writing this blog to give practical advice to students and parents, to reflect on issues affecting college admissions, and to provide a platform for a robust community discussion on post-secondary choices. We occasionally feature "guest? bloggers and invite other college counselors to join the blog team. We are members of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) and the Western Association for College Admissions Counseling (WACAC).
Lori McCormick: I began my college advising career in 2006 at Notre Dame de Namur in Transfer Admissions. Since then, I have worked at San Jose State in the Career Center, for a local independent college advising firm, and for BUILD a college access program for underrepresented youth. I graduated with a BA in Sociology from UCSB and a MA in Psychology with a concentration in Career Counseling from Antioch University. I am an active volunteer with The Parent?s Club of the Peninsula (PAMP), the Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC) and I am a seasonal application reader for the Maisin Scholar Award
. I reside in Palo Alto with my husband and two sons.
John Raftrey: I have been advising students for the last three admission cycles. I regularly attend conferences, tour colleges, and keep up with the changing landscape of college admissions. I'll share what I learn and throw in a few opinions along the way. I moved to Palo Alto in 1991. My three sons are all veterans of PAUSD and graduated from Paly. I graduated from the University of Michigan, earned an MBA at Columbia University and hold a certificate in College Counseling from UC San Diego. In my past life I worked in TV news and high tech marketing. (Hide)
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Once Again, UC’s Confuse and Disappoint Top Seniors
Uploaded: Mar 19, 2016
(Written by John Raftrey)
The UC’s are once again giving out confusing results to frustrated high school seniors. Davis must have one long wait list. I’ve been talking with other college counselors and a lot of high performing students have been wait listed at UC Davis. One counselor suggested Davis is following what they did last year when they admitted 2,030 (two thousand thirty, not a typo) students off the wait list. This how how colleges control their numbers in an era when students are applying to more and more schools and colleges are having trouble forecasting how many students they admit will say yes.
One student was waitlisted by Davis and won a full ride to Stoneybrook University, the gem of the state of New York university system.
If you are waitlisted at a UC, make sure you read and understand the rules to make sure you stay on the wait list. You have to accept a spot on a wait list by a specific date and that date varies from school to school. You can also send a brief email. Last year 6,300 students did not tell Davis they wanted to stay on the wait list.
If you are denied at a UC and want to appeal, read closely and understand the rules and the dates to file your appeal. It is very rare to win an appeal. Something dramatic has to have changed since you filed your application. Think of it like when the innocence project uses new DNA technology to exonerate a man who has been wrongly convicted and a judge grants a new trial. It almost has to be a clear mistake made by the UC or you have to win the Intel Science Talent Search.
Where to get help. Just like there are lawyers who are expert on appeals, there is a counselor who is an expert on UC appeals. Wei-Li Sun who is a friend of mine, is an expert on UC waitlist and denial appeals. Her website a loads of free advice on what to do. Check out her website:
Good Luck everybody. Just remember, like the old-time player and Manager of the Yankees Yogi Berra used to say, “It ain’t over till it’s over.”
What is it worth to you?
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