To be eligible for admission to a four-year university, students must meet subject requirements. These requirements represent the minimum academic standards for eligibility. Meeting the minimum eligibility requirement does not guarantee admission.
Please note that UC’s recommend or require students to complete above and beyond the minimum requirements for admissions.
(A) 2 Years of Social Studies (World History, U.S. History, Government)
(B) 4 Years of English
(C) 3 Years of Math (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II)
4 years recommended
(D) 2 Years of Lab Science (Biology, Chemistry)
3 years recommended
(E) 2 Years of Foreign Language
3 years recommended
(F) 1 Year of Visual/Performing Art
(G) 1 Year of Electives from any category (A-F)
The University of California and California State University systems have similar pattern of academic courses required for freshman eligibility. Although in most instances, the CSU and UC have fully aligned their basic requirements for eligibility for admission, in some areas, CSU and UC will continue to have different admission practices. To view a grid differentiating the requirements click here: CSU/UC Comparison of Freshman Admission Requirements.
The subject courses students take must be certified as meeting the UC/CSU requirement and must be included on the El Camino”s UC certified course list. Follow this link to see the list of ECRCHS approved honors courses.
The grade point average calculation will include only those grades earned in the “a-g” subject courses taken during the 10th and 11th grades of high school. Grades earned for courses completed in the ninth grade and 12th grades are not counted in the GPA. Students can use the GPA calculator to calculate their UC/CSU GPA.
Both the UC and CSU will award honors points in calculating the GPA for up to eight semesters of UC approved honors level and AP courses taken in 10th and 11th grades. The University limits the amount of UC certified honors credit student may receive for work completed in 10th grade to no more than four semesters. And not all honors classes will receive the extra points (H World History, H English 10AB, H Algebra 2AB, H Biology AB do not receive extra points). Follow this link to see the list of ECRCHS approved honors courses.
Freshman applicants must submit either the ACT Assessment plus Writing or the SAT Test and Writing.
There are 9 undergraduate campuses; UCSF has only graduate programs
You can use CSU Mentor to Calculate your UC GPA. Be sure to have a copy of your transcript with you.
There are 14 factors UC considers in the admissions process. The comprehensive review process allows the readers to look beyond the grades and required test scores and evaluate the academic achievement of applicants in light of the opportunities available to them and their potential to contribute to the campus.
The ELC program ensures that academically talented and deserving students from all over California have the opportunity to join us at UC. ELC status adds value to the application and is one of the 14 factors considered when applications are reviewed. Additionally, ELC students not admitted to any of their campus choices are offered a spot at a UC campus that has space, if minimum UC requirements are met. The top 9% of each graduating class will be designated as an ELC student.
The UC application opened on August 1 and must be submitted by between November 1- November 30. Students are encouraged to take their time completing the application and to gather materials, such as grades and transcripts, and prepare their personal statements ahead of time. There is no benefit or disadvantage to students who choose to submit their applications earlier or later in the moth. Once the application is submitted, only limited edits can be made.
1. Send official ACT or SAT scores to just one UC campus: UC will share them with all the campuses to which you applied
2. December Examination Dates are acceptable even though the application is due by November 30th. Indicate your Dec 2015 planned test date(s) on the admission application; be sure to request that the official scores be sent to one UC campus
3. Do not send transcripts/academic records; UC will request them if they are needed during the review process
4. Do not send letters of recommendations; UC does not require them or read them unless they are requested.
5. After submitting your application, you can log in to your application to review and, if necessary,change your telephone number, e-mail, mailing address or report new SAT or ACT scores. Minor changes to your activities, awards, volunteer work, employment or personal statement are unlikely to have an impact on your admission decision. However, if significant updates in any of these areas, you may notify the UC Application Center at firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a checklist of things for you to do after you apply.
Remember to send your test scores!
You do not need to send transcripts. You will send it only if they email you and ask you to send one.
Essays, personal statements, and personal insight questions will help colleges become acquainted with you as a person and a student apart from grades, courses, test scores, and other objective data. You will also be able to demonstrate your ability to organize your thoughts and express yourself in a cohesive and meaningful essay. Think of your essays and responses as opportunities to share accomplishments, perspectives, talents, and experiences that are important to you. The University of California asks students to answer personal insight questions that are designed to get to know you better. Think of these questions as an interview with the admissions office. As an undergraduate applicant, the University of California wants you to be open and reflective and find your individual voice as you compose your answers.
Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan: UC’s Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan will cover your educational and student services fees if you are a California resident whose family earns less than $80,000 a year and you qualify for financial aid.
Students with outstanding academic record and personal achievement are considered for this scholarship.
Middle Class Scholarship via California Student Aid Commission (CSAC)
The Middle Class Scholarship lowers the college fees to up to 40% off statewide fees (tuition) at the UC and CSU campuses for families making under $100,000 that do not qualify for other financial aid programs and will provide a 10% tuition reduction for families making up to $150,000. The Middle Class Scholarship tuition coverage is based on a sliding scale. Students must filed the FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov or the California Dream Act Application at www.caldreamact.org no later than March 2nd priority deadline. Students must have a minimum of 2.0 financial aid GPA.