IRVINE – UC Irvine took a stricter approach on processing admissions this year – contributing to the withdrawal of some 500 admission offers – because more freshmen accepted spots than anticipated.
“I acknowledge that we took a harder line on the terms and conditions this year, and we could have managed that process with greater care, sensitivity, and clarity about available options,” Thomas Parham, vice chancellor for student affairs, wrote in a message to prospective students on Friday.
“We are committed to correcting any errors swiftly and providing the help you need in an empathetic and understanding way,” Parham wrote.
Parham’s letter, apologizing to “those who felt ignored or mistreated,” comes two days after UCI’s student government association sent a letter and a petition demanding that administrators apologize, reimburse all students whose admission status has been revoked and guarantee them admission to UCI following two years at a community college.
As with other colleges and universities, admission is considered provisional until final transcripts are submitted by a deadline, and a determination is made that there are no discrepancies between the grades and courses on the application and those on the official final transcript.
And that final grades are acceptable.
This year, UCI withdrew 499 admissions: 299 were transcript related, with 185 students appealing; another 209 were grade-related, with 110 appeals, UCI spokesman Tom Vasich said Friday.
As of Friday, 63 students who appealed were reinstated, Vasich said.
“We were less lenient (this year) on missed deadlines and documentation than in the past, when there weren’t enrollment issues involved,” Vasich said.
UCI received more than 104,000 applications from both freshmen and transfer students for the 2017-18 year – one of the highest numbers in the country.
The university offered admission to 31,103 freshmen and about 7,100 accepted, university officials said. But…