University of California eases admission requirements

The University of California (UC) announced that it will greatly ease some admission requirements for fall 2020 and beyond by eliminating SAT scores and letter grades for required courses, saying that “grave disruption” to schools during the coronavirus crisis calls for maximum flexibility in evaluating students, write Teresa Watanabe and Nina Agrawal for Los Angeles Times.

The move, authorised by UC Board of Regents leaders, will relax the admissions process for the more than 200,000 prospective freshmen and transfer students who apply each year to the UC system’s nine undergraduate campuses but are now studying under dramatically different – and, for many, highly stressful – circumstances.

The 23-campus California State University also announced temporary changes to admission requirements for applicants, who numbered about 363,000 last fall. Those students may not meet UC and Cal State admission requirements this year because their high schools or community colleges have shifted to online instruction with varying degrees of success, pass/fail grading systems or reduced course offerings.
Full report on the Los Angeles Times site