Using an application review system already in place at UCLA and UC Berkeley, other UC campuses (including San Diego and Irvine) will be adopting a more holistic application review process, reports a recent LA Times article.
Under holistic review, each part of the application—high school grades, honors classes, SAT or ACT scores, extracurricular activities, essays, etc.—will be “read and scored as a whole, rather than in pieces.”
Two admissions readers will assign a single score to applications; the process will award them a more complete picture of the applicant, much more so than were they to examine each component on its own. A low SAT score, for example, won’t be automatic grounds for dismissal, if when looked in the greater context of the application the student is still able to make a strong case for candidacy. The holistic approach is expected to take longer than did the traditional process.
“The goal of holistic review is to give students more thorough and fair evaluations,” said Susan Wilbur, UC’s director of undergraduate admissions.
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