B1.4 Redirection of an Application
Updated: May 23rd, 2011
If review of an application indicates that the background and interests of the applicant are better suited to another graduate program at Berkeley, the application may be redirected. The applicant should be informed of the reason for recommending a redirection, and given two weeks to respond to the suggestion. The applicant must be given the opportunity to decline being considered by a program different from the one to which the original application was made. The file, however, may immediately be forwarded to the other department for review, with notification given to the Graduate Admissions Office of the action taken so that staff may update their files. Applicants so identified are subject to review by the department to which the application was redirected.
Scholars of diverse backgrounds. The Graduate Division subscribes to the goal of providing educational opportunity and increased representation to scholars of diverse backgrounds who will contribute to the level of diversity within their discipline or to the graduate community at large. The admission committee is responsible for reviewing files of applicants with the intent of finding those who have the potential to succeed in the program, but whose application indicates that the student’s academic promise may not be fully recognized by traditional criteria.
Every department should actively seek to develop admission criteria that actively advance educational opportunity and educational diversity.