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By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 at 6:06 am in College Apps & Angst.

UC Berkeley class, San Jose Mercury News/MCT
University of California admissions offices
are awash in college applications. Some 111,000 students applied last year. This year it’s 121,000 – a 9 percent hike across the board. And UC Berkeley (that’s a Cal lecture hall crammed with 500 students in the photo above) saw its numbers rise by nearly 10 percent. That’s good news for UCs, but exceptionally bad news for teens, whose odds just got that much longer. And the news comes at the height of hand-wringing season for college applicants, who hit “send” long ago and are now playing the tortuous waiting game.

Amidst all the UC mania, it’s easy to forget that there are still plenty of other wonderful schools out there. Several Cal State Universities are still accepting applications, including Cal State East Bay, Monterey Bay and San Jose. And readers responded to our request last fall for their best college recommendations with not one, but two fantastic lists, which you can read here and here. Don’t lose hope!

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