Link to Approved UC/CSU Online Courses for 2016-2017: Type in “online”
Pathway to a Four Year College
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.
Grade Point Average:
The GPA 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 9th grade and 12th grade 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 plus Writing Test. SAT subject tests are optional but may be recommended for some competitive majors.
Introducing the UC System
Eligibility in Local Context (ELC) Information
How to Apply: Top 5 Reminders for Freshman Applicants
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.
After you Apply
- 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.
Spring Semester Schedule Changes or Reporting D and F Grades
For UC schools: If you added or dropped A-G or AP courses, or received any D or F grades in A-G or AP courses, you need to contact the individual campuses to submit the information for consideration. Below are the instructions for each UC campus:
Berkeley – Freshman applicants should submit changes thru MAP@Berkeley.
Davis – Freshman applicants should submit changes thru MyAdmissions.
Irvine – Freshman applicants should submit changes thru MyAdmission and Message Center.
Los Angeles – Freshman applicants should use this form to submit changes.
Merced – Freshman applicants should submit changes thru myUCMerced.
Riverside – Freshman applicants should submit changes thru MyUCR.
San Diego – Freshman applicants should submit changes thru MyApplication.
Santa Barbara – Freshman applicants should submit changes thru Application Status.
Santa Cruz – Freshman applicants should submit changes thru MyUCSC.
You should do this soon.
If you applied to CSU schools or other colleges, you will need to do the same and notify each school you applied to if there were any changes in your reported schedule. You usually email the admission office for the school. If you decide to call, please document all calls.
UC Appeal Process
updated march 14, 2016
Not all UC campuses will have an answer for your appeal before the May 1 SIR deadline, so be sure to file a SIR with a backup school in case the appeal does not go through. You will lose your $100 deposit if you are accepted on an appeal somewhere else.
You must present a new and compelling reason for the appeal.
The UC campus offers a set of instructions on how to submit an appeal.
You must follow the instructions. Most are due April 15 except for a few which are due earlier
UC Irvine:Appeal to selection decision; postal mail only
UC Riverside:How to appeal my decision; online appeal only through the portal
UCLA:Appeals to admission decisions; online only
UC Berkeley: log into myBerkeleyApplication for appeal instructions
UC Davis:Non admitted Freshman Applicants; online only
UC Santa Cruz:Appeal of Denial of Admission; online only DUE March 28
UC Merced: Appeals process online
UC Santa Barbara: Submitting appeals; via mail only