California residents

Close to 90 percent of UC undergraduates are California residents. They are a vibrant and diverse group, encompassing the cultural, racial, socioeconomic and geographic richness of our state.

Two paths to UC

For the highest-achieving California applicants, we have two programs. If you are in one of the following groups and you are not admitted to any of the UC campuses you apply to, you'll be offered a spot at another campus if there's space.

Statewide path

You must rank in the top 9 percent of California students according to our admissions index.

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Local path

You must rank in the top 9 percent of your graduating class at a participating California high school. This is also known as Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC).

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Selection process by campus

While all UC campuses use the same 14 factors to evaluate applications, they often apply these factors differently. Be sure to review the selection process of each campus:

Who is a California resident?

A student is considered a resident for admissions purposes if he or she can answer yes to any of the following questions:

  • Have you attended high school in California for at least three years and will graduate or have graduated from a California high school?
  • Have you lived in California for the last 12 months?
  • If you're under 18, does your parent or legal guardian live in California?
  • Is your parent, legal guardian, spouse or registered domestic partner an employee of the University of California or a UC-affiliated national laboratory?

Non-immigrants (students on a foreign/non-immigrant visa) are not eligible for California resident status for admissions purposes.