UC Irvine to readmit all freshmen whose admission offers were withdrawn for transcript problems

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UC Irvine, under fire for rescinding nearly 500 admission offers, announced Wednesday that it would readmit all students who maintained good senior-year grades but whose acceptances were revoked because of alleged paperwork problems, such as missing deadlines to submit transcripts.

Appeals from students whose acceptances were withdrawn because of poor senior grades will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

“The stories of our students whose college dreams were crushed by our decision to withdraw admissions to hundreds of students are heartbreaking. And unacceptable,” Chancellor Howard Gillman said in a message to the campus community. “We are a university recognized for advancing the American Dream, not impeding it. This situation is rocking us to our core because it is fundamentally misaligned with our values.”

Offering his “sincerest apology,” Gillman said he had directed the campus internal auditor to review the admissions process to try to understand how officials underestimated the enrollment this year, why students who inquired about the rescissions were poorly treated and how to avoid the recurrence of such problems.

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UPDATES:

4:55 p.m.: This story was updated throughout to highlight the university’s decision to readmit a large number of students and to include the chancellor’s apology.

This article was originally published at 2:25 p.m.


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