Freshman admission

Gaining admission to the UC system requires focused — and early — preparation. Putting students on the right path now will help them avoid surprises later.

Because admission to many UC campuses is extremely competitive, students must fulfill our minimum admission requirements and, in many cases, exceed them by large margins.

Minimum admission requirements 

Go over the coursework and testing requirements students need to meet to be considered for admission.


California residents

Review the paths to admission for the state's highest-achieving students.


Comprehensive review

Learn about the factors we weigh when we review applications.


Freshman class profiles

Look at the campus profiles of admitted freshman students.


Helping students apply

Understand the steps involved in applying for admission.


Who is a freshman applicant?

A freshman applicant is currently in high school or has graduated from high school but has not enrolled in a regular session at a college or university. If a student has completed college courses during high school (through summer after graduation), the student is still considered a freshman applicant.

Good to know

If UC campuses receive more qualified applicants than they have room to admit, they'll evaluate students based on a process called comprehensive review.