Evaluation

  1. Do letters of recommendation help in the evaluation of a student's application?
  1. Do UC evaluators look more favorably on a student who takes physics as one of the recommended three years of laboratory science? Does it matter what the third science course is?
  1. When evaluating transfer applicants, does UC consider nontransferable courses? If a student's transcript is strong overall, though they have two grades of C in nontransferable remedial math courses taken during their first year, how will these courses affect the student’s application, if at all?

 

Do letters of recommendation help in the evaluation of a student's application?

No. UC does not accept nor consider letters of recommendation unless we specifically ask an applicant to submit one.  (Some campuses or majors may require letters of recommendation as part of a supplemental application review). Make sure students check for an email message from a campus requesting a letter of recommendation and/or check specific majors at the campuses to see if their intended major requires a letter of recommendation.

Please do not encourage students to send letters of recommendation as part of the UC application process unless asked to do so.

Do UC evaluators look more favorably on a student who takes physics as one of the recommended three years of laboratory science? Does it matter what the third science course is?

No field of science is rated higher than another, so it does not matter what the mix of science courses is, as long as two of the three core science subjects (biology, chemistry, or physics) are represented.

When evaluating transfer applicants, does UC consider nontransferable courses? If a student's transcript is strong overall, though they have two grades of C in nontransferable remedial math courses taken during their first year, how will these courses affect the student’s application, if at all?

While the university requires that transfer students report all coursework, only transferable courses are used to calculate the GPA. Admission evaluations focus on grades in UC-transferable college-level courses. Though campuses may note remedial work, performance in transferable courses is much more important.