Miscellaneous

  1. If a student lives in another state but plans to establish residency in California, can they apply to UC as a California resident?
  1. A student who is a college freshman in a different state wants to live in California next year and attend a UC campus. Could they apply as a sophomore transfer student?
  1. How many days into a term can a student transfer to a new high school and still have UC count their coursework?
  1. The requirements for a prospective transfer student's UC major recently changed. The student was following the older articulation posted on the ASSIST website. Will their old coursework be considered by UC?
  1. Which high school online courses are approved by UC?
  1. Does UC accept online college courses for freshman admission?
  1. Is the application process different because of a previous offer of admission and enrollment at UC?
  1. A student had to be home-schooled for a semester due to illness and their first semester biology grade was a pass (earned while home-schooled); then for the second semester they earned a B at their high school. The student has two other lab science courses — field biology and AP environmental science. How will the pass grade affect their application to UC?
  1. Do UC campuses hire qualified candidates to review applications during the admissions period?
  1. How many community service hours does UC require?
  1. If a senior is going abroad for a year before enrolling in college, should they apply for admission this fall and defer admission if they’re accepted, or should they wait and apply for the fall after they return?
  1. A student wants to graduate from high school in December and attend college in the spring before enrolling at UC in the fall. Will this student still be considered a freshman? What if they graduate in June and then take college courses in the summer?
  1. If a student takes courses at a college/university while still in high school, does the student earn both high school and college credit?
  1. How does a student withdraw/cancel their UC application once it's submitted?

 

If a student lives in another state but plans to establish residency in California, can they apply to UC as a California resident?

To be considered a California resident for purposes of tuition, an out-of-state student must have lived in California for more than one year preceding the residence determination date, relinquish residence in other states, show intent to establish residency in California and meet other requirements.

For information on establishing residency, please see Student information: California residence for purposes of tuition and fees.

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A student who is a college freshman in a different state wants to live in California next year and attend a UC campus. Could they apply as a sophomore transfer student?

Most UC campuses accept only junior-level transfer students. See the check majors section to learn if a campus is accepting sophomore transfer applications.

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How many days into a term can a student transfer to a new high school and still have UC count their coursework?

It is up to the high school to determine whether the student has attended the school long enough to earn credit for the partial coursework. The university depends upon the high school's assessment of coursework completed.

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The requirements for a prospective transfer student's UC major recently changed. The student was following the older articulation posted on the ASSIST website. Will their old coursework be considered by UC?

Most UC campuses will try to honor the articulation that was in place when the student took the course. However, if major requirement changed, the university may require the student to meet the more current requirement. Students should check the articulation in ASSIST frequently, and if the requirements do change, they should talk to an admission adviser at UC.

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Which high school online courses are approved by UC?

UC-approved online high school course publishers and course providers who have an “a-g” course list can be found on the Doorways website (search by “online course provider” and/or “online school”).

Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, only UC-approved online courses can be used to satisfy the “a-g” subject requirements. In other words, the principal of a high school can no longer certify non-UC-approved online courses to fulfill a subject requirement. Online courses that were completed and certified by a principal prior to the 2013-14 year are acceptable to fulfill the “a-g” subject requirements. View more information on UC’s online course policies.

Online high school courses in laboratory science with a supervised on-site wet lab are approved, but UC does not approve of online courses for the Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) subject requirement. View more information about UC-approved online lab science and VPA courses.

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Does UC accept online college courses for freshman admission?

Yes. Online college courses used to satisfy the laboratory science (area "d") requirement must include a supervised on-site wet lab. California community college (CCC) online courses equivalent in content to traditional courses are transferable as indicated in on the UC-approved CCC "a-g" course list found on the Doorways website.

UC does not articulate courses on the basis of delivery method but rather the content of the course; courses are reviewed for content, rigor and scope of subject matter.

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Is the application process different because of a previous offer of admission and enrollment at UC?

A previous offer of admission from UC has no bearing on a possible future offer. However, if a student matriculated at a UC campus, they can apply for re-enrollment through the campus’ Registrar’s office. Or if they choose to apply to another UC campus, they must meet the regular transfer admission requirements and compete for space there.

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A student had to be home-schooled for a semester due to illness and their first semester biology grade was a pass (earned while home-schooled); then for the second semester they earned a B at their high school. The student has two other lab science courses — field biology and AP environmental science. How will the pass grade affect their application to UC?

As long as field biology and AP environmental science are on your school's UC-certified course list, the student has fulfilled the laboratory science requirement. On the application, they should enter both semesters of their biology course and the grades earned. They can discuss the homeschooling situation in the Additional Comments box preceding the Academic History section of the admission application if they wish to explain why they didn't earn a grade for the first semester of biology.

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Do UC campuses hire qualified candidates to review applications during the admissions period?

Application review is handled by each campus. To apply, contact the admissions office at each UC campus.

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How many community service hours does UC require?

UC does not have a community service requirement. However, experiences that demonstrate unusual promise for leadership, such as significant community service, may be considered by the campuses in the comprehensive review of a student's application.

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If a senior is going abroad for a year before enrolling in college, should they apply for admission this fall and defer admission if they’re accepted, or should they wait and apply for the fall after they return?

The student can choose to wait and to apply for a fall term for which they could attend after they return. In general, UC campuses do not defer admission.

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A student wants to graduate from high school in December and attend college in the spring before enrolling at UC in the fall. Will this student still be considered a freshman? What if they graduate in June and then take college courses in the summer?

If a student graduates from high school and enrolls in a regular session (not summer) at a college/university, the student will be considered a transfer applicant. Since not all UC campuses accept freshman/sophomore transfer applicants, the student's campus choices would be limited. On the other hand, a student who is still enrolled in high school can take as many college/university courses as desired and will still be considered a freshman applicant, as will a student who graduates in June and attends a college/university summer term immediately following high school graduation.

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If a student takes courses at a college/university while still in high school, does the student earn both high school and college credit?

Students can earn both high school and college credit for courses taken in high school. In order to use a course to satisfy "a-g" subject requirements, the college course must fall within the "a-g" subject areas. To receive unit credit toward the UC degree, the course must be transferable to UC and an official transcript would have to be sent upon admission to a UC campus.

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How does a student withdraw/cancel their UC application once it's submitted?

Applicants who wish to withdraw/cancel their UC application must inform each UC campus to which they applied. Please download the campus-specific instructions (pdf) for more information.

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