Fading promise of the UC

04/21/2014 11:04 AM

04/22/2014 6:23 PM

Re "Admission rates fall at UC campuses" (Page A1, April 19): My daughter was not admitted to any of the four UCs to which she applied. Her qualifications: Full International Baccalaureate candidate at Laguna Creek High School with a 4.16 GPA, scores of 29 and 1980 on her ACT and SAT, respectively, four years of marching band and two years of soccer. The vision of the founders of the UC system included a young adult such as she.

If not this bright, well-rounded young lady, then who? The answer is apparently those who can afford to pay the out of state tuition premium. In looking at the median GPAs and test scores of admitted freshmen at UC Davis and UC Irvine in 2013, it is apparent that many students with lower GPAs and lower test scores than my daughter were admitted. The ability to pay a premium trumps academic achievement.

-- Susan E. Jones, Elk Grove

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