By Isabel Sullivan
May 1 is National Decision Day for high school seniors committing to colleges for the 2014-15 school year. Because not all eligible applicants to prestigious universities fit into the limited number of seats they have to offer, some admittants are deferred to spring admission.
According to UC Berkeley’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the school received 73,752 freshman applications and admitted 12,813 students, 2,408 of which will start in the spring.
“UC Berkeley receives tens of thousands of applications each year, but there isn’t enough space to accommodate all of the highly qualified applicants in the fall. Consequently, some applicants are offered spring admission,” according to the UC Berkeley Fall Program for Freshmen.
Also, according to the UC Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Admissions, a spring admission does not reflect the student’s academic abilities or performance during high school compared to a student who received a fall acceptance.
Senior Matt Choi recently committed to UC Berkeley as a spring admittant. He will live in Berkeley and take part in a fall program that the university offers. Although he will not officially start in the fall and is worried about falling “behind in both academics and social life,” he believes that there will be time “to adjust to being an adult and exploring it.”
He is also pleased about an “easier, less abrupt transition into college from high school.”
Michael Bui, a graduating senior, committed to UC Berkeley as a spring admittant as well and is “looking to either travel or take classes at community college.”
“You have the fall to just hang out and chill,” said Bui, during a “pretty much elongated summer.”
Senior Holly Hong will also be a freshman at UC Berkeley next spring. “I’m going to enter a program called Fall Program for Freshmen (FPF) which is designed to help enrolled [College of Letters and Sciences] students integrate during the fall semester,” said Hong.
FPF offers smaller class sizes, according to Hong, and a higher student to counselor to student ratio, according to senior Anna Kang, who is another UC Berkeley spring admit. However, there are fewer options for course selection inside of the program.
To Kang, a disadvantage “was the initial surprise and disappointment” and the concern that she “may not be about to take the classes [she] would like to.” She is comforted by the fact that she will live in the dorms in the fall as part of FPF and “hopefully [have] a normal first semester experience.”
“It’s a terrible lottery system,” said Hong. “We were so royally screwed over by the administration.”