Statewide path

If you're in the top 9 percent of California high school graduates and aren't admitted to any of the UC campuses you apply to, you'll be offered a spot at another campus if space is available. We use a formula — called an admissions index —to determine if you fall in that group.

We convert your ACT or SAT scores to a UC score, which we match to your GPA. If your UC score is equal to or greater than the score required for your GPA, then you're in the top 9 percent of California high school graduates.

Use the calculator at right to see if you're in the top 9 percent of students statewide or follow the instructions below.

Calculate your grade point average (GPA)
  • Convert the grades earned in all college-preparatory courses ("a-g" courses) taken in 10th and 11th grades, including summer sessions: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1. (Pluses and minuses don't count.)
  • Give yourself an extra point for each honors-level course, up to eight semesters.
    • Honors courses are Advanced Placement courses, Higher Level and designated Standard Level International Baccalaureate courses, transferable community college courses and UC-certified honors courses that appear on your school's course list. A grade of D in an honors course does not earn an extra point. No more than two yearlong UC-approved honors-level courses taken in the 10th grade may be given extra points.
Convert your test scores to a UC Score total
  • If you take the ACT Plus Writing exam:

    Use your highest ACT composite and Combined English/Writing scores from a single sitting. (That means if you take the test more than once, you can't use the composite score from one exam and the Combined English/Writing score from another.)

    Find your composite score on the conversion table below and note the corresponding UC Score. Find your Combined English/Writing score on the table and note the corresponding UC Score.

    Your UC Score from the ACT composite may meet the minimum, but you also need to take the English and Writing Tests. Add the two UC Scores together to get your UC Score total.
ACT test score translation

Composite

UC Score

English
and Writing

UC Score

36

200

36

100

35

196

35

100

34

191

34

97

33

186

33

94

32

182

32

92

31

178

31

89

30

174

30

87

29

170

29

85

28

166

28

83

27

162

27

81

26

159

26

79

25

155

25

77

24

151

24

75

23

147

23

73

22

143

22

71

21

139

21

69

20

135

20

67

19

131

19

65

18

127

18

63

17

123

17

62

16

119

16

60

15

114

15

58

14

109

14

56

13

104

13

54

12

99

12

53

11

93

11

51

10

89

10

49

9

86

9

47

8

84

8

45

7

82

7

43

1-6

80

1-6

40

  • If you take the SAT Reasoning Test:

    Use your best scores from a single sitting. (For instance, you can't use critical reading and math scores from one test and a writing score from another.)

    Add together your critical reading and math scores.

    Find the sum on the conversion chart below and note the corresponding UC Score.

    Find your writing score on the conversion chart and note the corresponding UC Score. (Although your reading and math score alone may meet the minimum UC Score, your score on writing must be at least 200.)

    Add your two UC Scores together to produce your UC Score total.
SAT test score translation

Critical
Reading
+ Math

UC Score

Critical
Reading
+ Math

UC Score

Writing

UC Score

1600

200

990

139

800

100

1590

199

980

138

790

99

1580

198

970

137

780

98

1570

197

960

136

770

97

1560

196

950

135

760

96

1550

195

940

134

750

95

1540

194

930

133

740

94

1530

193

920

132

730

93

1520

192

910

131

720

92

1510

191

900

130

710

91

1500

190

890

129

700

90

1490

189

880

128

690

89

1480

188

870

127

680

88

1470

187

860

126

670

87

1460

186

850

125

660

86

1450

185

840

124

650

85

1440

184

830

123

640

84

1430

183

820

122

630

83

1420

182

810

121

620

82

1410

181

800

120

610

81

1400

180

790

119

600

80

1390

179

780

118

590

79

1380

178

770

117

580

78

1370

177

760

116

570

77

1360

176

750

115

560

76

1350

175

740

114

550

75

1340

174

730

113

540

74

1330

173

720

112

530

73

1320

172

710

111

520

72

1310

171

700

110

510

71

1300

170

690

109

500

70

1290

169

680

108

490

69

1280

168

670

107

480

68

1270

167

660

106

470

67

1260

166

650

105

460

66

1250

165

640

104

450

65

1240

164

630

103

440

64

1230

163

620

102

430

63

1220

162

610

101

420

62

1210

161

600

100

410

61

1200

160

590

99

400

60

1190

159

580

98

390

59

1180

158

570

97

380

58

1170

157

560

96

370

57

1160

156

550

95

360

56

1150

155

540

94

350

55

1140

154

530

93

340

54

1130

153

520

92

330

53

1120

152

510

91

320

52

1110

151

500

90

310

51

1100

150

490

89

300

50

1090

149

480

88

290

49

1080

148

470

87

280

48

1070

147

460

86

270

47

1060

146

450

85

260

46

1050

145

440

84

250

45

1040

144

430

83

240

44

1030

143

420

82

230

43

1020

142

410

81

220

42

1010

141

400

80

210

41

1000

140

200

40


  • If you take both the SAT and the ACT:
    Convert your test scores to equivalent UC Scores using the methods described above. Use your highest UC Score total in the next step.
  • Find your GPA in the index below.
    If your UC Score total meets or exceeds the minimum score shown for your GPA range, you will be guaranteed admission to a UC campus.
UC admissions index for 9 percent statewide

UC Score total

High school GPA

Applying for
fall 2014

Applying for
fall 2015

3.00 - 3.04

263

277

3.05 - 3.09

261

275

3.10 - 3.14

259

273

3.15 - 3.19

256

270

3.20 - 3.24

254

268

3.25 - 3.29

252

266

3.30 - 3.34

249

263

3.35 - 3.39

246

260

3.40 - 3.44

244

257

3.45 - 3.49

241

254

3.50 - 3.54

238

251

3.55 - 3.59

234

248

3.60 - 3.64

231

245

3.65 - 3.69

228

242

3.70 - 3.74

225

238

3.75 - 3.79

221

235

3.80 - 3.84

217

231

3.85 - 3.89

214

227

3.90 - 3.94

210

224

3.95 - 3.99

206

220

4.00 - 4.04

202

216

4.05 - 4.09

198

212

4.10 - 4.14

193

207

4.15 - 4.19

189

203

4.20 - 4.24

184

198

4.25 - 4.29

180

194

4.30 - 4.34

175

189

4.35 & above

171

184

Admissions calculator

Find out if you are in the top 9 percent of California high school graduates.

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Calculate your grade point average according to the instructions at left.

Now enter your test scores — either your ACT or SAT scores or both. All scores from a particular test must be from the same test date. The calculator will figure out your UC score, and will display whether you're in the top 9 percent statewide or not.

ACT scores

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English with writing

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SAT scores

Critical reading

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Math

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