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College Admissions - The UC System

University of California


There are 10 UC campuses throughout the state of California: 

(Click on each campus to visit the school's website)


Application submission period beginning:      Sunday, November 1, 2014

UC’s Application Deadline:                         Saturday, November 30, 2014

Apply at  https://admissions.universityofcalifornia.edu/applicant/login.htm


Admissions Requirements

There are three essential requirements in order to be eligible to apply to the UC's:

  • Subject Requirement (A-G Courses)

  • Examination Requirement


Subject Requirement (A-G Courses)

To be considered for admission, you must complete 15 yearlong high school courses with a grade of C or better — at least 11 of them prior to your senior year.


Subject Area

Number of Years


Number of Years


"A" Requirement

History /Social Science

2 Years

2 Years

"B" Requirement


4 years

4 years

"C" Requirement


3 years

(7th and 8th grade courses may be used to satisfy this requirement)

4 years


"D" Requirement Laboratory Science

2 years

(Must have at least one biological science and one physical science)

3 years

"E" Requirement

Foreign Language

2 years

3 years

"F" Requirement

Visual / Performing Arts

1 year

(Must be taken in sequential order A then B)

1 year

"G" Requirement

College Prep


1 year

(Additional years in Science, Mathematics and Foreign Language beyond the  minimum required years)

1 year


Examination Requirement

All prospective freshmen must submit scores for the

  • SAT Reasoning OR ACT w/Writing Component

  • Optional: SAT Subject Tests are no longer required but are still recommended, especially for certain majors and schools like Engineering please check with University to check if they require the subject test. 

Tests must be taken by December of Senior Year

At UC, they use  admissions test results not only to assess your academic preparation and achievement, but to help us determine your qualifications beyond what we see in your grades.

A few guidelines

  • If you're applying for admission to the fall term, be sure to take your admissions tests no later than December of your senior year/last year prior to high school/secondary school graduation — preferably earlier — to ensure that your application receives prompt and full consideration. It is unlikely that scores from tests taken after our December deadline will arrive in our office in time for our review process.

  • Report ACT and/or SAT scores on your admissions application, then request that an official copy of the scores be sent to us from the testing agency. You can have your official score report sent to one UC campus, and all campuses you apply to will receive it.

  • In the College Board's Score Choice module, ensure that all scores are sent to UC. We require all scores and will use the highest scores from a single administration.

  • For the ACT Plus Writing test, we will focus on the highest combined score from the same test administration.

  • For the SAT Reasoning Test, we will focus on the highest total score from a single test date.

  • We do not require results of tests taken for the purpose of talent programs in middle or junior high school (e.g., Johns Hopkins Center for Talent Youth, Duke University's Talent Identification Program, UC Berkeley's Academic Talent and Development Program, etc.). Those test scores do not have to be sent to us.

  • We do not accept test substitutions.

While SAT Subject Tests are not required, some campuses recommend that freshman applicants interested in competitive majors take the tests to demonstrate subject proficiency.

Recommendations for fall 2015 applicants

Remember, these are recommendations, not mandates. You will not be penalized for failing to take the SAT Subject Tests. On the other hand, submission of these test scores (just like submission of AP and/or IB scores) may add positively to the review of your application.

UC Campus

Subject Test Requirements



College of Chemistry and College of Engineering: Math Level 2 and a science test (Biology E/M, Chemistry, or Physics) closely related to the applicant's intended major.


Not recommended for any area.



Henry Samueli School of Engineering: Math Level 2 and a science test (Biology E/M, Chemistry, or Physics) closely related to the applicant's intended major.

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences: Biology M, Chemistry, and/or Math Level 2 .

School of Physical Sciences: Chemistry and Math Level 2 for chemistry, earth system science, mathematics, and physics majors.

Program in Public Health: Biology E, Biology M, and/or Chemistry for public health science majors; Biology E, Biology M, and/or World History for public health policy majors.

Los Angeles

Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science: Math Level 2 and a science test (Biology E/M, Chemistry, or Physics) closely related to the applicant's intended major


No recommendation at this time.



College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and Bourns College of Engineering: Math 2 and Chemistry or Physics, for all majors

San Diego


Jacobs School of Engineering and biological or physical sciences majors: Math Level 2 and a science test (Biology E/M, Chemistry, or Physics) closely related to the applicant’s intended major.

Santa Barbara


College of Engineering: Math Level 2

College of Creative Studies:

Math Level 2 for math majors

Math Level 2 and Physics for physics majors

Biology for biology majors

Chemistry for biochemistry and chemistry majors

Math Level 2 for computer science majors

Santa Cruz

Not recommended for any area.


For more information please visit http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/freshman/requirements/examination-requirement/SAT-subject-tests/index.html

Local path (ELC)

The  Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC) program recognizes your individual accomplishments in light of the opportunities offered by your particular high school.

What is ELC?

The ELC program ensures that academically talented and deserving California resident students from all over the state have the opportunity to join us at UC.

ELC status adds value to the application and is one of the 14 factors considered when applications are reviewed. Additionally, ELC students not admitted to any of their campus choices are offered a spot at a UC campus that has space, if minimum UC requirements are met.

How do I qualify?

If you are a California resident and rank in the top 9 percent of students in your California high school class — and your high school participates in our ELC program — you may be eligible for ELC designation.

We will identify the top 9 percent of students based on GPA in UC-approved coursework completed in the 10th and 11th grades. To be considered for ELC, you must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and complete the following "a-g" courses prior to your senior year:

History/social science

1 year


2 years


2 years

Laboratory science

1 years

Language other than English

1 years

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

4 yearlong courses

After you enter your coursework and grades in the UC application, we'll compare your GPA to the historic top GPA for your school. If you meet or exceed that GPA, you'll be designated ELC and we'll add a note to your application.

When will I find out if I'm designated ELC?

As an applicant from California, your application will be automatically screened for ELC eligibility when you apply. There’s no extra paperwork.

After submitting the application, you can return to the My UC Application page to see whether or not you’ve been designated as being in the top 9 percent of your class.


UC Application Requirements

  • The UC Application typically opens on August 1 and closes on November 30 of your senior year.

  • The UC Application is an online application which typically requires a valid e-mail address and the creation of a user name and password.  Click on the following link to be taken to the application:   UC ONLINE APPLICATION


  • Personal Statement:  All applicants must respond to two essay prompts — the general prompt and either the freshman or transfer prompt, depending on your status.  Responses to your two prompts must be a maximum of 1,000 words total.  Allocate the word count as you wish. If you choose to respond to one prompt at greater length, we suggest your shorter answer be no less than 250 words.  Click on the following link for more information about the personal statement:  UC PERSONAL STATEMENT 

  • Fee Waivers for Application Fees:  Students who meet income eligibility requirements may be have their application fees waived for up to four UC campuses.  The fee waiver application is a part of the actual online UC application.  Be aware that this section of the application can only be filled out once; once you have entered information and hit submit, it can no longer be altered.  If you have further questions click on the following link:  UC APPLICATION FEES