Requirements & selection

  1. Would a student with a 4.0 GPA and poor test scores have a chance of getting into UC?
  1. If a student has passed the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE), what path should they take to gain admission to UC?
  1. What are the minimum GPA and test scores required for admission to each campus?
  1. How can a student attending a non-accredited school meet UC freshman admission requirements?
  1. What should a student do if they receive a D or F grade in the senior year (freshmen) or last term prior to enrolling at UC for fall (transfers)?
  1. Must a student have graduated from high school in order to be admitted to UC as a transfer student?
  1. If a student graduated a year ago or more, are they required to meet admission requirements based on the year they graduated or based on the year they apply for freshman admission?

 

Would a student with a 4.0 GPA and poor test scores have a chance of getting into UC?

Applications are reviewed within the context of the student’s living and learning environment, as presented on the UC application for admission. The chances of being admitted to any particular campus are difficult to predict based upon GPA and test scores alone. View more information on comprehensive review factors. For selection criteria at each campus, please visit the admissions website of the campus to which the student is applying.

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If a student has passed the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE), what path should they take to gain admission to UC?

The CHSPE is not a factor in the admissions process for UC. All freshman applicants must meet the same admission requirements.

What are the minimum GPA and test scores required for admission to each campus?

The minimum required GPA is 3.0 for California residents, 3.4 for nonresidents; this is the same at each UC campus. While there are no minimum test scores required, all applicants must complete either the ACT Plus Writing or the SAT Reasoning exams. Applicants should keep in mind that when selecting students, competitive campuses and programs look for applicants who have excelled academically.

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How can a student attending a non-accredited school meet UC freshman admission requirements?

The student could become eligible by examination alone, or they could be offered admission by exception. For more information, see admission by examination and/or admission by exception.

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What should a student do if they receive a D or F grade in the senior year (freshmen) or last term prior to enrolling at UC for fall (transfers)?

Prior to admission: the student must immediately write to the UC Application center at ucinfo@applyUCsupport.net. The correspondence will be made available to all campuses to which the student applied.

After admission: the student must contact the admissions office at the campus from which they received an admission offer to determine if the grade will negatively impact the offer. It is helpful if the student informs the campus of final grades received in all courses to show a balanced perspective of the academic accomplishments for the each term of the senior year.

It is difficult for campuses to make a decision based upon a possible grade. Until the student actually receives a grade below C, the campuses generally cannot offer guidance for hypothetical situations.

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Must a student have graduated from high school in order to be admitted to UC as a transfer student?

No. Students who did not graduate from high school (or earned a GED or passed the CHSPE) may be admitted to UC as a transfer student if they have fulfilled the junior transfer admission requirements.

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If a student graduated a year ago or more, are they required to meet admission requirements based on the year they graduated or based on the year they apply for freshman admission?

Students applying to UC must meet UC admission requirements at the time they are applying, not the requirements at the time they graduated from high school.

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