UC and CSU issue thousands of rejection letters. Arizona State wants to fill the void | app

LOS ANGELES — Kiana Tovar was set to attend Sacramento State. Kara Smith had firm plans: to enroll in Santa Monica College, then apply to transfer to UCLA. Israel Cortave had been accepted to the University of California, Merced and the University of California, Riverside, both of which offer the computer science and engineering majors he wants to explore.

The three students now attend a university in California, mixing cutting-edge online classes with small in-person gatherings. They were able to forge friendships, stay on track with “success coaches” and learn about career opportunities from industry professionals. But the name inscribed at the entrance of the university they decided to attend is not a Californian public institution.

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