El Camino Real Charter High School
University Of California (UC)
University Of California (UC)


UC/CSU Comparison Chart

ECRCHS Tips on UC Application- 2016 Handout

Apply Online UC App- Handout

Presenting Yourself UC Application- Powerpoint
Link to Approved UC/CSU Online Courses for 2016-2017:  Type in “online”

ECRCHS UC Approved Courses- Handout


Pathway to a Four Year College – UC/CSU

College Admissions:
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.

Subject Requirements (A-G):

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.


Grade Point Average:

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.

Honors Points:

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.

SAT/ACT Tests:

Freshman applicants must submit either the ACT Assessment plus Writing or the SAT Test and Writing.

Introducing the UC System

There are 9 undergraduate campuses; UCSF has only graduate programs

General Information about UC System 

Exploring the majors at the UC system

Map of campuses and majors

UC Berkeley

UC Davis

UC Irvine

UC Los Angeles
UCLA Official Blog

UC Merced

UC Riverside

UC San Diego

UC Santa Barbara

UC Santa Cruz

Admissions Requirements

15 courses in the A-G

Look at El Camino’s approved A-G courses

Subject tests are not required but highly recommended for some majors

Calculating your UC GPA Handout

You can use CSU Mentor to Calculate your UC GPA. Be sure to have a copy of your transcript with you.

Comprehensive Review

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.

Eligibility in Local Context (ELC) Information

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.

How to Apply: Top 5 Reminders for Freshman Applicants

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 ucinfo@applyucsupport.net

ECRCHS UC Application Tips

UC Davis Application Tips



After You Apply

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.

Personal Insight Questions

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.

You will have 8 questions to choose from and you must respond to 4 of the 8 questions:

  • • Each response is limited to 350 words.
  • Which questions you choose to answer is entirely up to you. But you should select questions that are most relevant to your experience and that best reflect your individual circumstances.
  • All questions are equal and all questions are given equal consideration in the application review process. There is no advantage or disadvantage to choosing certain questions over others.
  • Your responses will be sent to all UC campuses selected on your application. Do not personalize your answers for any one UC campus.
  • Write your responses in a Word document and cut and paste them into the UC application.

Prompts for the UC Personal Insight Questions are:

  1. Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time.
  2. Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side.
  3. What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?
  4. Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.
  5. Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome this challenge. How has this challenge affected your academic achievement.
  6. Describe your favorite academic subject and explain how it has influenced you.
  7. What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
  8. What is the one thing that you think sets you apart from other candidates applying to the University of California?


Additional Comments Section on the Application

  • The purpose of the additional comments box is not to write an additional personal statement but rather  to explain anything that may be unclear in the other parts of the application.
  • For example, students can use the additional comments sections to explain course taking or grades earned patterns, a circumstance that prevented the student from doing something they wanted to do such as taking more rigorous courses, or a prolonged illness.  Students can also use this area to tell UC about a learning difference or other issues related to their academic ability.
  • There are two additional comments area in the application. One immediately follows the “Academic History” section, which should be used to explain courses and grades or other academic information. The second comment area immediately follows the “Personal Statement” section.
  • While admissions staff will read whatever the students write, it is not useful to the reader if the student does not add information of value.  The specific instructions are
    • Following Academic History
    • Additional Comments (optional)-max 550 characters
    • Tell us anything else you want us to know about your academic record that you have not had the opportunity to describe elsewhere in this section.
    • If you wish, you may use this space to tell us anything else you want us to know about you that you have not had the opportunity to describe elsewhere in the application.

Financial Aid

What does UC cost?

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.

Regent’s Scholarship
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.

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