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They didn't think they could afford Berkeley; African American Initiative made it possible

Sep 19, 2018
Berkeley News Article by Sandra Messick | August 22, 2018 Desmarie Jackson never thought she’d be accepted to UC Berkeley; she didn’t have the smarts or the money, she thought. Turns out she was wrong on both counts. Desmarie, 17, was accepted as a freshman, beginning this fall. And thanks to the African American Initiative Scholarship, she can afford school, too. read moreRead more

Hot off the press! New book on CAL Prep's success

May 12, 2016
On May 12, 2016 at the Alumni House, a Book Launch was held for Achieving College Dreams: How a University and Charter District Partnership Created an Early College High School. This book about CAL Prep's creation and success, tells the story of this remarkable 10-year partnership between UC Berkeley and Aspire Public Schools. It was edited by Professors Rhona S. Weinstein, Psychology and Frank C...Read more

UC Berkeley Freshman Admission Policy Changes

Aug 01, 2015
In April 2015, UC Berkeley adopted a new freshman admission policy. Starting in fall 2015, some applicants to UC Berkeley will be invited to submit two letters of recommendation. This will be optional and not required. Furthering UC Berkeley's belief in the value of holistic review, Undergraduate Admissions asks that those who write letters consider the following concepts when asked to add a...Read more

Is Your First Grader College Ready?

Feb 09, 2015
EDUCATION LIFE What is college? To Madison Comer, a confident 6-year-old, it is a very big place. “It’s tall,” she explained, outlining the head of Tuffy, the North Carolina State mascot, with a gray crayon. “It’s like high school but it’s higher.” Read more...Read more

Who Gets to Graduate?

Feb 05, 2015
The New York Times Magazine ... And he did everything he could, both in his lectures and outside the classroom, to convey a new sense of identity: They weren’t subpar students who needed help; they were part of a community of high-achieving scholars.Read more