James Lick High School

Pathways to UC

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

Exam Requirements

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. 

Non-Discrimination Statement

East Side Union High School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying in educational programs, activities, or employment on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, parental, pregnancy, family or marital status, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. East Side Union High School District requires that school personnel take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so when he or she witnesses an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

Questions or complaints of alleged discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying or title IX equity and compliance concerns should be directed to the Office of the Associate Superintendent of Instructional Services at (408) 347- 5061 or 830 N. Capitol Ave, San Jose, Ca 95133.

Declaración Contra la Discriminación

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Preparatoria East Side prohíbe la discriminación, el acoso, la intimidación y el abuso en los programas educativos, las actividades o el empleo por causas de ascendencia real o percibida, edad, color de la piel, discapacidad, género, identidad de género o expresión de género, nacionalidad, raza u origen étnico, religión, sexo, orientación sexual, estado de paternidad, embarazo o estado familiar o civil o asociación con una persona o grupo de personas con una o más de estas características reales o percibidas. El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Preparatoria East Side requiere que el personal escolar tome los pasos necesarios inmediatamente para intervenir cuando sea seguro hacerlo en caso de ser testigos de un acto de discriminación, acoso, intimidación o abuso.

Las preguntas o quejas de acusaciones de discriminación, acoso, intimidación y abuso o las preocupaciones sobre la igualdad y el cumplimiento de la ley con relación al artículo IX del Código de Educación deben ser dirigidas a la Oficina del Asistente del Superintendente para los Servicios de Enseñanza al (408) 347-5061 o a la siguiente dirección: 830 N. Capitol Ave, San José, Ca 95133.

Tuyên Bố Không Phân Biệt Đối Xử

(Non-Discrimination Statement)

Học Khu Trung Học East Side nghiêm cấm mọi hành vị kỳ thị, quấy nhiễu, hăm dọa và bắt nạt trong các chương trình giáo dục, các hoạt động hoặc trong công việc không được đặc trên cơ sở về tổ tiên, chủng tộc hoặc sắc tộc, tôn giáo, giới tính, khuynh hướng tình dục, cha mẹ, người mang thai, gia đình, hoặc tình trạng hôn nhân, hoặc liên hệ với một người hoặc một nhóm với nhiều điểm thực tế hoặc đặc điểm về nhận thức. Học Khu Trung Học East Side đòi hỏi nhân viên nhà trường phải tiến hành ngay các biện pháp can thiệp một cách an toàn khi họ chứng kiến các hành vi kỳ thị, quấu rối, hăm dọa hoặc bắt nạt.

Nếu có các câu hỏi hoặc khiếu nạo về sự phân biệt đối xử, sách nhiễu, hăm dọa và bắt nạt hoặc liên quan đến Title IX sự công bằng và tuân thủ các điều này xin qúy vị liên lạc với Văn phòng Phó Tổng Giám Đốc Đặc Trách Giáo Dục tại số điện thoại (408) 347-5061 hoặc địa chỉ 830 N. Capitol Ave, San Jose, CA 95133.