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University of California (UC)

The UC Application opens to begin inputting applicant information on August 1. The filing period when you can submit your application is November 1st - November 30th.  UC Admissions

Explore the UC Campuses at UC Campuses.

Check out majors at UC Campuses & Majors.

If you're interested in entering the University of California as a freshman, you will have to satisfy these requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 15 college-preparatory courses (A-G Requirements) with a letter grade of C or better, with at least 11 courses finished prior to the beginning of your last year of high school.
  2. 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. How to calculate your GPA.

** UC Application Fee Waiver:  UC will waive application fees for up to four campuses for qualified students who would otherwise be unable to apply for admission.  You can see if you automatically qualify for a fee waiver within the application. If you enter your family size and income in the “About you” section, you will see if you’ve qualified for an application fee waiver when you select your campuses in the "Campuses & Majors" section (a message will appear on that page with real-time feedback about how many campuses you can apply to for free). 

Subject Requirement (A-G Coursework)

To satisfy this requirement, you must complete the 15 college-preparatory courses with a letter grade of C or better, with at least 11 courses finished prior to the beginning of your last year of high school.  These courses are also known as the A-G subjects (A-G Requirements). 

For freshman applicants, a grade of C or better is required to meet a subject requirement.  D and F grades are not acceptable and must be cleared by repeating a class, completing advanced work in the same subject area of sequential knowledge (math or language other than English) or attaining certain minimum scores on SAT or AP examinations.

The minimum GPA requirement for UC is a 3.0 (B average); however, the GPA for the majority of students accepted is 3.7 or higher. 

a. History

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
*or equivalent to the 2nd level of high school instruction

2 years*  (3 years recommended)

f. Visual and Performing Arts

1 year

g. College-preparatory Elective
(chosen from the subjects listed above or another course approved by the university)

1 year

 For California High School Students

The courses you take to fulfill the Subject Requirement must be certified by the University as meeting the requirement and must be included on your school's UC Certified Course List

Examination Requirement (SAT/ACT)

UC will not consider SAT or ACT test scores when making admissions decisions or awarding scholarships. 

UC Application Process

The CEEB Rim of the World High School Code is 051340. You will need this code for your application.

Application Information: How To Apply

  • Obtain an unofficial copy of your high school transcript from the AERIES portal or the Counseling Office to be used to self-report your classes and grades on your UC application.
  • Have ready your log of extra-curricular activities, community service, and employment.  You will be asked for a description and estimated hours. Have ready your list of awards and honors.  Please note that National Honors Society is considered a "school" honor, not a "national" honor. NHS is also a club activity.
  • Complete the application, personal insight questions, and application fee online.
  • Print a copy of your application for your records.
  • Contact the College Board (College Board) and/or ACT (ACT) to have your SAT and ACT test scores sent to all UC campuses to which you have applied. You can have your official score report sent to one UC campus, and all campuses you apply to will receive it.
  • Contact College Board/AP Central (College Board/AP) to have your AP scores sent to all UC campuses to which you've applied.
    • The UC recommends that students who complete Advanced Placement courses complete the related AP examination to demonstrate subject mastery.
  • Send official transcripts ONLY when you are directed to do so after you have received an admissions offer.  UC will determine your grade point average based on the classes and grades you self report during the application process. 
  • UC does not require letters of recommendation.  The exception is that UC Berkeley MAY request letters of recommendation AFTER you apply. 
  • Please check additional admissions requirements of your intended major on the college's website.

**Statewide Guarantee:  If you are in the top 9 percent of California high school graduates and aren't admitted to any of the UC campuses you apply to, you'll be offered a spot at another campus if space is available. The University of California uses a formula — called an admissions index —to determine if you fall in that group. For more information, visit Statewide Guarantee.

Link to UC application

The UC Application opens to begin inputting applicant information on August 1. The filing period when you can submit your application is November 1st - November 30th.  Check out the following links for more help and information.

See "UC Application Tutorial" video posted below for more help.  

Financial Aid Information

After you apply

If you are a fall-term freshman applicant, each campus you applied to during the filing period generally will notify you whether you have been admitted between March 1-31.

Students who are admitted as fall-term freshmen must submit the "Statement of Intent to Register" with deposit by May 1st.

If you are admitted for the fall term, you must have final, official transcripts (high school and/or college) sent to the admissions office.  These transcripts must be postmarked or electronically submitted no later than July 1st.  You need to go to the Counseling Office by the last day of school to receive your high school final transcript.

Important facts & links

UC Application Tutorial - Getting Started

"About You" Section

"Campuses & Major" Section

"Academic History" Section

"Test Scores" Section

"Activities & Awards" Section

"Scholarships" Section

"Personal Insight Questions" Section

"Submitting the UC Application" Section

Paying for a UC: Overview