Here at the University of California, we welcome freshmen with the curiosity, enthusiasm and intellectual vitality to shape the 21st century.
Our doors are open.
UC freshmen come from all over California and throughout the world, from every culture and ethnicity and from across the economic spectrum. Every year, they arrive on our campuses nearly 40,000 strong — ready for challenge and discovery.
So, who do we consider to be a prospective freshman? You're a freshman applicant if you're currently in high school or have graduated from high school, but not enrolled in a regular session at a college or university after high school graduation.
While we recognize that each student is unique, with different strengths and life experiences, all prospective freshmen need to display academic rigor and meet the same minimum requirements to be considered for admission.
Academic preparation — the courses you take in high school, your grades and test scores — is the first step to getting into UC.
The majority of our students come from California. If you're a California resident — educated in one of the state's public, private or parochial high schools — and among the top students in the state or in your school, you may qualify for admission by one of our special paths.
How we review applications
When we read your application, we weigh factors beyond grades and test scores to assess your accomplishments and potential to succeed at UC.
All UC students must satisfy certain requirements before they graduate, some of which can be completed while you're still in high school.
How to apply
Deadlines, tips, guidelines — everything you need is here.