UC Donors’ Children Were Inappropriately Admitted to Cal & UCLA, Audit Finds

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Publication: Sacramento Bee

Four University of California campuses unfairly admitted at least 64 students between academic years 2013-14 and 2018-19 because of their connections to donors and university staff, according to a report released by the California State Auditor on Tuesday.

UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC San Diego and UC Santa Barbara admitted 22 of the students as student-athletes despite not having athletic qualifications to compete. UC Berkeley also admitted 42 of the students through its regular admissions process despite them not having competitive academic qualifications, the report found.

The majority of the 64 students were white. At least half had annual family incomes of $150,000 or more, according to the report.


Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, said in a statement that he’s disappointed to see UC engage in unfair admissions practices.

“Generations of young people from diverse backgrounds see UC as an opportunity for a brighter future, and the system failed them every time someone less qualified is admitted in their place,” he said.