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Since most of the application information other than GPAs and test scores is self-reported, “the faculty wanted to send a strong message that the process is fair and that we hold students accountable for the information they report,” says UC Admissions Director Wilbur. If a falsification is uncovered, that student is barred from admission to any UC campus. In the first year, Wilbur said, “We found our students were very honest in reporting their information.”

By February the applications have been thoroughly reviewed and ranked. Then the difficult task of deciding which students to admit and which to turn away begins. Applications that land on the borderline receive a complete re-read — “A single point could make a difference,” says Stolzenbach. This year, some 4,000 borderline dossiers were re-read.

The final selection for the College of Letters and Science, which represents more than 80 percent of the applicant pool, is the responsibility of CUARS, acting on recommendations from the director of admissions that are based on several factors, including the anticipated yield — the number of students expected to accept the offer of admission — and the undergraduate enrollment targets established by the Chancellor’s Enrollment Advisory Committee. Faculty in the schools of Arts and Architecture, Theater, Film and Television and the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science — using additional criteria such as auditions and portfolios — make separate admissions decisions for applicants to those undergraduate programs. Notification letters are mailed in mid-March; admitted students have until May 1 to submit a Statement of Intent to Register.

FOR THE FALL 2003 freshman class, UCLA whittled its nearly 45,000 applications down to about 10,600 admitted students. Forty-four hundred are anticipated to enroll. The profile of those admitted freshmen is impressive:

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