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UC numbers soar, Cal State tumbles as pandemic upends college application season

Los Angeles Times, Dec. 18, 2020

December 18, 2020

UC numbers soar, Cal State tumbles as pandemic upends college application season

Research has found that removing standardized testing requirements increases application rates by up to 10% for the first few years, said Zachary Bleemer, a research associate at the UC Berkeley Center for Studies in Higher Education. That well-known effect led UC admission officers to expect a rise in applications — but those at UC Irvine and UC Santa Cruz said they were startled by the flood that came in shortly after the system began accepting them Nov. 1. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]