Admission by exception

Each year, a small number of students who have the ability and potential to succeed at UC — but don't meet our academic requirements — are admitted by exception.

Sometimes even the most creative, focused and intellectually passionate students aren't able to fulfill our requirements for eligibility. Maybe they're home-schooled and don't have transcripts. Maybe their life circumstances have prevented them living up to their promise. The list is endless.

If these students have the ability and potential to succeed at UC, they may qualify for admission by exception.

Each UC campus can offer admission to a few students who do not meet all of our admission requirements. Students may use the personal statement or additional comments section of the admission application to explain their unique story.