California residents

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

Statewide path

UC will not consider test scores as a factor in fall 2021 admissions decisions. In light of this change, we will not use the admissions index to determine eligibility for the statewide guarantee for fall 2021 admissions. UC is in the process of revising the admissions index for fall 2022 admissions.

UC remains committed to ensuring enrollment opportunities for all qualified California high school graduates.


Local path (ELC)

Students must rank in the top 9 percent of their own high school graduating class.


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.