COMPLEX PROCESS by which UCLA’s future freshmen are
selected occupies fully half of each academic year.
start arriving in early November, a trickle that becomes a deluge
after Thanksgiving and stays that way until the final deadline of
November 30. By that time, about 150 readers have been recruited
and are undergoing 12 hours of intensive training.
readers typically have strong ties to education, either as UCLA
staff involved in admissions, counseling, student affairs or early
academic outreach, as alumni who’ve served on scholarship
committees or as high school counselors with in-depth knowledge
of college-preparatory curricula. About a third are paid for their
services, and the rest are volunteers and staff.
review occurs on two parallel tracks. Most of the readers tackle
the comprehensive dossier reviews. Combing through copies of students’
applications and personal statements, and a summary sheet of academic
information prepared by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and
Relations With Schools (UARS), they assign each applicant a ranking
on a scale of 1 to 5 for personal achievement and another for life
feel so good about being part of a process that’s really fair
and thorough,” says Veda Veach, who continues as a senior
evaluator after retiring from a long career in UARS. “There’s
a sincerity that comes through in the applications. I really get
hooked on reading the kids’ essays.”