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The University of California System
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broadly to
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Admission To UC
Freshman Requirements
Transfer is an Option
Comprehensive Review
Personal Statement
Freshman Admission Requirements
Complete a minimum of 15 college-preparatory courses (“a-g” courses), with at
least 11 finished prior to senior year.
Earn the required grade point average (GPA) in “a-g” courses
3.0 California resident
3.4 Non-residents
GPA calculated from 10th & 11th
grade course work weighted by a
maximum of 8 semesters UCapproved honors grade points
Meet the examination requirement by taking the ACT with Writing
or the SAT Reasoning Test by December of your senior year.
SAT Subject Tests not required but may be recommended by
some campuses/majors
The Required “a-g” Course Pattern
A-G Subject Area
a. History/social science
2 years
b. English
4 years
c. Mathematics
3 years (4 years recommended)
d. Laboratory science
2 years (3 years recommended)
e. Language other than English
2 years (3 years recommended)
f. Visual and performing arts
1 year
g. College-preparatory elective
1 year
UC looks for academically strong students who enrich the student experience
Comprehensive Review
14 UC-Approved Criteria
Grade-Point Average
Test Scores
Courses Completed/Planned
Honors Courses
Eligibility in the Local
Context (ELC)
Quality of Senior-Year
Program of Study
Academic Opportunities in
California High Schools
Performance in Academic
Subject Areas
Achievements in Special
Improvement in Academic
Special Talents, Achievements,
and Awards
Participation in Educational
Preparation Programs
Academic Accomplishment
Within Life Experiences
Geographic Location
Personal Statement
2 Prompts, students must address both
Approximately 1,000 words total
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Statement Prompts
Describe the world you come from – for
example, your family, community, or school –
and tell us how your world has shaped your
dreams and aspirations.
Tell us about a personal quality, talent,
accomplishment, contribution or experience
that is important to you. What about this
quality or accomplishment makes you proud
and how does it relate to the person you are?
Applying for Admission
Application available: October 1
Application Period: November 1-30
(UC does NOT have an
Early Action or Early
Decision process.)
Application Fee: $70 / $80 International
To apply, complete the UC application at:
Apply broadly across the system to the campuses that interest you!
Financing a UC Education Is a Partnership
 Parents (based on FAFSA information)
 Students can contribute by working, taking student
loans, and applying for scholarships
 Financial Aid Offices work with students and their
families to help make college affordable, providing
millions of dollars in aid to students each year.
Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan
Guarantees that UC fees will be covered by grants and/or
scholarships for California students from families with incomes
under $80,000
Many students with financial need will receive more
grant/scholarship assistance than is offered under this plan
Students must submit the FAFSA and be determined to have
financial need
Useful Links for Admissions
UC Admissions Selection Process:
General admissions information
SAT Subject Test recommendations:
Application procedures
Determine which courses transfer from a community college
SAT Registration
ACT Registration
Useful Links for Financial Aid
UC Financial Aid information
Free Scholarship search
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Access to the Personal ID Number for the FAFSA
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Kaitlyn Flannery
Admissions Officer – Bay Area
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