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University of California (UC) System

The UC System is among the world’s greatest educational and research universities. More than 220,000 students attend college on ten campuses throughout California. Programs are offered in over 150 disciplines.

There are two ways for you to gain admission to the UC system as a freshman:

  • Eligibility in the Statewide Context—Students who meet minimum requirements for coursework (“a-g” requirements), GPA, and test scores (ACT Assessment plus writing or SAT Reasoning Test and two SAT Subject Tests, excluding Math Level 1, are admitted by this path. This is the path most students take to enter UC.
  • Eligibility in the Local Context—Students who rank in the top four percent at participating California high schools and have required classes may be admitted in this manner; nine percent for high school class of 2012 and beyond.

California students who are designated as “UC Eligible” by one of these paths are guaranteed admission, but not necessarily to the campus or program of their choice. In all cases, however, students must have a GPA of 3.0 or above in all transferable coursework. UC strongly encourages you to apply online and track your admissions information.

Additionally, students must submit a personal statement. This is an important part of your application since it is a way for you to tell the university about you beyond test scores and grades (for example, your talents, experiences, achievements, and points of view). Use this opportunity to make your best possible case for admission.