studentIf you’ve met someone who claims he or she received a relatively low score on their SATs, but was still admitted to our very own University of California, Berkeley, you may have met the exception student. An exception student is someone who does not meet the minimum requirements of the university but is still offered admission, regardless.

Every year, UC campuses admit thousands of students who do not meet the requirements and recent findings show that the rate of these exception students is only increasing. UC admission offices are restricted to admitting 6 percent of exception students each year as some believe that students should not be defined solely by their test scores, grades and classes.

Others like the admission director of UC San Diego feels that this system is not totally fair, saying, “We had so many students who meet minimum eligibility that it just wasn’t fair to admit exceptions.”

Athletes often take some of the excepted student slots in universities, for example UC Berkeley has 20 spots reserved for athletes.

Some students around Berkeley seem to feel this system is fair enough and that it does not affect their own studies. However, we should point out that those students who did meet the minimum requirements probably don’t mind because they already go here. It’s the qualified students who were rejected by Berkeley who might be disappointed by the exception system.

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CSU, UC diverge on accepting students who don’t meet requirements [Monterey Herald]

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