UC President Napolitano Encourages Local Students to go to College

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Courtesy of The Press Enterprise –

University of California President Janet Napolitano visited  Valley View High School in Moreno Valley on Thursday, Nov. 9, to assure students that a UC education is attainable.

She touted the University of California’s Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan that waives tuition or university fees for students whose families make $80,000 or less a year.

She said the UC system takes a holistic approach in accepting students by taking into account extra-curricular activities and considering specific challenges they encounter — not just their grades.

The University of California is especially welcoming to first-generation students, she said. This fall, an estimated 45 percent of freshmen were the first in their families to attend a four-year university, according to an August report.

“When you get to the University of California, and you will get there, you will be in a community,” Napolitano said. “It’s a community of students. It’s a community of scholars.”