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University of California eases admission requirements amid coronavirus pandemic

The University of California announced it is temporarily adjusting admissions requirements, like suspending letter grade requirements and standardized test requirements for incoming freshmen.

Posted: Apr 1, 2020 9:07 PM
Updated: Apr 2, 2020 8:56 AM

CALIFORNIA - The University of California announced it is temporarily adjusting admissions requirements, like suspending letter grade requirements and standardized test requirements for incoming freshmen.

"These changes do not lower the bar for admission, but accommodate the real barriers students have faced as tests have been canceled and classes have moved to pass/fail grading," university officials said.

The UC system has 10 campuses across the state and is working with students to adjust financial aid packages if circumstances have suddenly changed due to the coronavirus.

"The actions ensure that disruptions due to the current pandemic will not threaten any students’ ability to pursue and attain a world-class UC education," said UC President Janet Napolitano.

Measures taken to help students during admissions time are the following:

  • suspending the letter grade requirement for academic classes taken in winter, spring or summer terms of 2020
  • providing flexibility for students who need more time to meet registration, deposit and transcript deadlines
  • suspending the standardized test requirement for students applying for admission as freshmen for fall 2021
  • campuses may provide "maximum flexibility" for students who request extensions for acceptance on admission offers
  • flexibility to students and schools who are unable to submit transcripts by July 1

"The COVID-19 outbreak is a disaster of historic proportions disrupting every aspect of our lives, including education for high school students, among others," Napolitano continued. "The university’s flexibility at this crucial time will ensure prospective students aiming for UC get a full and fair shot — no matter their current challenges.”

For more information on the requirements, CLICK HERE and for an online FAQ detailed by the school, CLICK HERE.

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