The campuses of the University of California provide
exciting environments that foster world-class educational and research
opportunities and generate a wide range of benefits and services that
touch the lives of Californians throughout the state.
The UC family includes more than 220,000 students,
more than 170,000 faculty and staff, 37,000 retirees and more than 1.5
million living alumni.
Opened in 2005, the UC system's tenth campus at
Merced—the nation's first public research university to be built in the
21st century—is the first new UC campus in 40 years.
The University of California system includes ten
campuses, three national laboratories, five medical centers and many
facilities throughout the state. UC campuses are home to hundreds of
libraries, museums, performing arts spaces, botanical gardens and
natural reserves. UC is also actively involved in locations beyond these
locales — in places throughout California, around the world and online.
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Application period starts November 1st and ends November 30th!
Our admission guidelines are designed to ensure you are well-prepared to succeed at UC.
If you're interested in entering the University of California as a freshman, you'll have to satisfy these requirements:
- Complete a minimum of 15 college-preparatory courses (a-g courses), with at least 11 finished prior to the beginning of your senior year.
The 15 courses are:
a. History/social science
d. Laboratory science
e. Language other than English
f. Visual and performing arts
g. College-preparatory elective
(chosen from the subjects listed above or another course approved by the university)
Earn a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (3.4 if you're a nonresident) in these courses with no grade lower than a C.
- Meet the examination requirement
by taking the ACT With Writing or the SAT Reasoning Test by December of
your senior year. We don't require SAT Subject Tests, but certain
programs on some campuses recommend them, and you can use subject tests
to satisfy the "a-g" requirements listed above.
Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC) Program
Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC) is a
program by which the University of California identifies top-performing
California high school students. Unlike the broader statewide
eligibility pathway, which seeks to recognize top students from
throughout the state, ELC draws qualified students from among the top 9
percent of each participating high school.
The ELC program was implemented to:
- increase the pool of eligible students
- meet the guideline of the California Master Plan for Higher
Education, which states that the top 12.5 percent of public high school
graduates will be considered UC-eligible
- give UC a presence in each California high school and stimulate a
college-going culture at those schools that typically do not send many
graduates to the university
The ELC program also fulfills an important UC admissions goal: to
recognize and reward the academic accomplishment of students who have
made the most of the opportunities available to them.
To be designated as ELC, a student must have attended an eligible,
participating California high school, satisfactorily completed
a specific pattern of 11 UC-approved courses prior to the start of
senior year, and have a UC-calculated GPA that meets or exceeds the top 9
percent GPA benchmark established by UC for their school. To maintain
the ELC status, the student must satisfy the general admissions
requirements including the successful completion of the 15 required
“a-g” courses, maintain a 3.0 GPA and submit an official copy of ACT
with Writing or SAT Reasoning Test scores.
California high school students who are eligible in the statewide
context or eligible in the local context and are not admitted to any
campus to which they apply will be offered a spot at another campus if
space is available.