Last night we received some clarification on letters of recommendation for UC Berkeley applicants. Here is their statement:
Update on letters of recommendation
In April 2015, UC Berkeley adopted a new freshman admission policy. Starting with students applying to Berkeley this fall, some applicants will be invited to submit two letters of recommendation. This will be optional and not required.
To clarify, no campus of the University of California requires letters of recommendation when the admission application is submitted. However, it has long been University practice that campuses may request additional information from applicants at a later time, including letters of recommendation. If additional information is needed, applicants will be notified individually.
Click here for the specifics from UC Berkeley.