Hey all, Due to circumstances, I have been researching into universities within California to attend after I complete my undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering (B.Eng) to pursue a masters degree in engineering. I am under the assumption that it would be more difficult for myself to get admission than an American UG due to the nature of AP classes that people can take in highschool, and EC they can do in college etc. I'd idealistically like to attend UCLA or UCSD but do not believe that I would be a strong candidate in comparison. Does the requirement of a tuition waiver significantly decrease the chances of acceptance to UC universities? Would paying full tuition as a non-resident increase chances of acceptance? or is it an 'even' playing field in regards to these conditions for all applicants. If anyone could lend me a moment of their time to help me out with advice and understanding, it'd be really appreciated. Thanks!