Currently （June 12), ACA-5 still needs to pass the California Senate and be placed on the November ballot, but if passed, it will remove the wording of Prop 209, which banned the usage of affirmative action in California schools. This means that the UC and CSU systems will be implementing affirmative action in their admissions process, but private schools in California will not be affected. Further, the law may take some time to go into effect. Even if the school systems choose to expedite the implementation, the earliest it would take effect is Fall 2021. While the amount of spots available to Asian students will likely decline, it won’t be as dramatic as you might think. We project that it will likely land in the range 33-38% instead of 40%.
Therefore, as long as you are still competitive, you can still be accepted into the top UC’s. To improve their chances, Asian students should seek to strengthen their overall profiles, including leadership, volunteering, activities and rely less on test scores and GPA’s. They should also make sure to have customized strategies and thoroughly understand the UC 14 factors. HS2 counselors are very familiar with these practices, with some having even served as UC admissions readers.