California residents

We have two paths to UC that recognize and reward the academic accomplishment of the state's best students.

Applicants who qualify for admission by one of the following paths and are not admitted to any campus they applied to will be offered admission at another campus if space is available.

Statewide path

UC will not consider SAT or ACT test scores as a factor in admissions decisions for fall 2022-2024 applicants. In light of this change, we’ve revised the index we use to determine eligibility for the statewide guarantee, effective fall 2022. The updated Statewide Index will continue to identify California-resident students in the top 9 percent of California high school graduates and offer these students a guaranteed space at a UC campus, if space is available. 

For more information on calculating the Statewide Index as well as FAQs, please visit our UC admission website on the Statewide Guarantee.

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.