If you have a son or daughter that is a terrific student but recently learned they were not accepted to UC-Berkeley or UCLA, you are not alone.
UC-Berkeley and UCLA both rejected all but two out of 10 applicants this year. At Berkeley, six of 10 applicants with a 4.0 grade-point average or above were turned away.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the 3.2 million students graduating from high school was the biggest number since the 1970s. Wow. Those were the baby boomers, too.
The average accepted student has taken 23 year long college-prep classes, earned a 3.79 grade point average and scored 590 out of 800 points on both the verbal and math sections of the SAT.
The message for underclassmen is simple: you had better be serious about not only your grades, but your course quality, your involvement and leadership in serious organizations and your engagement in the community in which you live.
Summary of UC School Acceptance Rates (graphic of the 9 UC schools' rates).
The baby boomers are serious about helping mold today's students into tomorrow's leaders.
Read more at the Mercury News.