The effect of the state's fiscal crisis in higher education tore through cyberspace this week, landing painfully into the e-mail inboxes of many hopeful high school seniors. The University of California and California State University decisions were brutal.
Think it's tough to get into UCLA? Cal State Long Beach was even tougher.
It's true. We know of a student who was accepted to UCLA but denied admission at Long Beach.
You will certainly hear more stories like these in the hallways next week and at dinner parties this weekend. Many top students were denied admission, and not just to the premier University of California institutions like Berkeley and Los Angeles, but across the entire California public university system.
Many selective private universities also sent a clear message to applicants. Thousands of students were placed on waiting lists.
And next week, when the Ivy League schools and other top-tier universities send out their offers of admission, we expect far more students will have to wait it out in a state of limbo. Students will be forced to reflect on what they really want, sending in their intent to register at one institution, while waiting to hear from their top choice where they were waitlisted.