UC Irvine Rescinds 500 Applications

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Student leaders at University of California, Irvine say they want answers after the school rescinded more than 500 admission offers for the upcoming fall semester. 

Students were sent provisional offers, pending final review for grades and other records which the school requires to be sent in by July 1st. However, the university withdrew more than 500 admission offers, with nearly 300 of those related to transcript issues. The remaining rescinded offers were related to issues with grades.

University administrators say there is no truth to the rumors that the school was over-enrolled. 

Students can appeal the decisions, with 56 of those who received letters, already regaining their admission spots. 

UC Irvine's Student Government Association sent a letter to the school asking for an apology to those students who received the letter, reimburse all fees, and guarantee future admission.

A university spokesperson said they welcomed a meeting with student leaders to discuss the letters. This morning, Vice Chancellor Parham sent a letter to students who had their admissions rescinded. In the letter, Parham said he wanted to explain their decision making process. 

This year, UCI experienced unprecedented demand from students eager to join the Anteater family. We received more than 104,000 applications – more than all but two colleges nationwide – and the number of students intending to register for fall classes was higher than expected. You are to be once again congratulated for your acceptance into one of the world’s premier universities.

Parham went on to apologize for anyone who may have felt the university's process was too tough on people.

We heard from some students that this year’s process was too stringent and our customer-service approach needs improvement. 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. Also contributing to the angst many of you have experienced is our traditional communication and outdated telephone systems that did not serve us well in this circumstance. For those who felt ignored or mistreated, I sincerely apologize.

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