For most of the UC campuses, fewer than 1 out of 3 applicants is admitted; for UC Berkeley and UCLA the rate approaches 1 in 6 according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
The UC system takes in about 23 percent out-of-state undergraduates, so even though you pay taxes in the state, your child’s chances as a Californian are slim.
Alarmingly, most of the UCs non-California applicants have a better chance of being accepted than a resident.
For the UC Regents, and their boss Janet Napolitano, it’s really all about the money. Out-of-state students pay more tuition…so they get preferential treatment.