What You Need to Know About UC Admissions
The University of California welcomes applications from all qualified students. The key to UC admission is preparation - take as many rigorous courses as you can and do well in them. Then apply to the University. All campuses to which you apply will thoroughly review your application to assess your achievements in light of opportunities that are available to you.
Be a Competitive Application
Take as many rigorous courses as you can. Take community college courses or summer school
Earn good grades in challenging coursework. Try studying 15 more minutes a day and see what happens
Earn high scores on college entrance exams. Take exams in 11th grade and again in 12th to improve your score. Take the exams in November instead of December to ensure you can take them again if needed.
Participate in extra-curricular activities. Be a leader. Show in-depth participation in a few activities rather than low-level participation in many activities.
Write a compelling personal statement. The personal statement is more important than ever, so take time to write strong essays. Make sure your personal statement relates to the rest of your application.
Apply broadly. Research all the UC campuses you may be interested in attending. Be open-minded. Apply to "safety," "realistic," and "reach" campuses.
Fee waivers. UC will waive application fees for up to four campuses for qualified students. You can apply for a fee waiver within the online application and be notified immediately whether you have qualified.
Submit by the November 30 deadline. Submit the UC application in its entirety by the November 30 deadline. Apply online at universityofcalifornia.edu/apply
How UC Will Evaluate Applications
UC uses a method called comprehensive review to evaluate applications to the University. With comprehensive review, UC looks beyone grades and tests scores. The University evaluates applicant's achievements in light of opportunities available to them. UC considers the capacity each student demonstrates to contribute to the intellectual life of the campus.
With comprehensive review, students are evaluated for admission and selection using multiple measures of achievement and promise - including academic and personal accomplishments, and other special circumstances - to make better decisions about each applicant. UC has been using this approach to applicant review since 2002.
What Courses Should I Take?
To be considered for UC admission, at a minimum you need to complete the A-G Requirements, each with a grade of C or better.
- 2 years of history/social studies
- 4 years of English
- 3 years of math
- 2 lears of lab science
- 2 years of a language other than English
- 1 year of visual/performing arts
- 1 yar of college preparatory elective
To be considered for Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC) - the top 9% of students in the high school class - at a minimum you need to complete a specific pattern of A-G courses by the end of junior year with a C or better.
- 1 year of history/social studies
- 2 years of English
- 2 years of math
- 1 year of lab science
- 1 year of a language other than English
- 4 years of any A-G courses
ACT/SAT: Take the ACT with writing OR SAT Reasoning Test by December of senior year - earlier is better. Retake if needed to improve your score.
SAT Subject Tests: Not required, but recommended. If you want to submit your scores, show your mastery of a particular subject. Plan to apply for a competitive major for which your preferred campus recommends certain Subject Tets. Want to use Subject Tets to satisfy A-G subject requirements.