Regents Policy 2105: Policy on Undergraduate Admissions by Exception

Issued by the Office of the President
July 1996

It is the policy of the University of California that:

  1. It is essential that its campuses have the flexibility to admit a small proportion of students by exception to the eligibility requirements.
  2. Students admitted by exception to the eligibility requirements must demonstrate a reasonable potential for success at the University.
  3. The proportion of students admitted by exception shall be up to 6 percent of newly enrolled freshmen and up to 6 percent of newly enrolled advanced standing students at each campus.
  4. Within the 6 percent designations, up to 4 percent may be drawn from disadvantaged students and up to 2 percent from other students.
  5. Disadvantaged students shall be defined as students from low socio-economic backgrounds or students having experienced limited educational opportunities.
  6. The percentages in (3) and (4) above shall be understood as limits within which Chancellors can exercise their initiative to further the goals specified in the University of California Policy on Undergraduate Admissions adopted by The Regents on May 20, 1988 and in Section 9 of SP-1, Policy Ensuring Equal Treatment--Admissions, endorsed by The Regents on July 21, 1995, subject to the constraints of this policy and of Sections 2 and 3 of SP-1.
  7. In evaluating the academic and personal background of candidates for admission by exception it is recommended that campuses utilize a combination of the criteria 1 through 13 outlined in the revised Guidelines for Implementation of University Policy on Undergraduate Admissions, issued in July, 1996.
  8. The Admissions by Exception program continue to be used systematically to test alternative methods of selecting students for admission.

This policy shall be effective with applicants seeking admission for the spring quarter of the 1997-1998 academic year.

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