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. read more »


When the University of California decided to eliminate those cruel and pesky SAT subject tests from admissions requirements, they probably expected a more universal cry of ecstatic gratitude, or at the very least an exhalation.  Rejoice, class of ’16 hopefuls!  One more precious Saturday morning remains happily intact!  However, getting caught up in sticking it to the boys over in Princeton, the UC left the Asian population out to dry.  Now, they face cries of “discrimination.” read more »


 Yesterday the SF Chronicle ran one article and one editorial on issues in colleges. The article addressed how colleges cope with extremely large classes. The editorial was part of a “weekly guide to higher education” and addressed the possibility of the UC changing the weight of the SAT in the admissions process.We thought the Chron was fascinated with us, so it makes us sad when they don’t mention the school across the bay, especially when the articles apply to us so directly. Who has big classes? Berkeley has big classes! And who had to take the SAT? Berkeley students had to take the SAT!OK, so in this case it was AP that covered the story about the big classes. So we’ll cut them some slack … but we don’t want Berkeley’s perspective on big classes or the SAT to be left out of the picture.In regard to big classes, at least we don’t have classes bigger than 1,200, like the University of Colorado. But, well, Chem 1A, among other huge classes, pretty much suck.In regard to whether the SAT should still be strongly considered in UC applications: A comment from a Berkeley student on the Chron’s weekly feature gave an interesting perspective and gave it with almost more (reckless) school spirit than the ASUC. They even exercised the triple-question mark, voicing that, once again, the Chron doesn’t understand Berkeley.
UC Berkeley is without question the top University in the world, which makes it one of the most competitive for entry. As give-away grades are still an issue in high schools and cheating on tests a known factor … what then would be a fair standard for admission??? … Not everyone can go to Berkeley . A sad but true realization is that all students are not created equal.

The Clog thinks that things shouldn’t be made easy for incoming applicants because they already have the advantage of the StatFinder.Colleges Cope With Bigger Classes [SF Gate]College Bound: A weekly guide to higher education [SF Gate]