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:
You need to complete a minimum of 15 college-preparatory courses (A-G courses) with a letter grade of C or better. For courses completed during the 2020 winter, spring or summer terms, UC will also accept a grade of pass/credit. You must complete at least 11 of these courses prior to the beginning of your last year of high school.
The 15 courses are:
Learn how to calculate the UC freshman GPA »
Freshman applicants for fall 2021-2022 have the option to submit SAT/ACT scores with their application. Applicants will not be penalized in the admission review process if they don't submit SAT/ACT scores. 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.
If you're a state resident who has met the minimum requirements and aren't admitted to any UC campus to which you apply, you'll be offered a spot at another campus if space is available, provided:
You’ll start as a freshman if:
You’re currently in high schoolORYou’ve graduated high school, but haven’t enrolled in a regular session (fall, winter, spring) at a college or university.