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


Pathway to a Four Year College

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 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.

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  plus Writing Test. SAT subject tests are optional but may be recommended for some competitive majors.

Introducing the UC System

There are 9 undergraduate campuses; UC San Francisco has only graduate programs

Admissions Requirements

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
Fee Waivers
UC will continue to waive application fees (for up to four campuses) for qualified students as a feature of the online application.   If a student is denied a fee waiver on the application, the student should indicate that he wants to pay by mail and submit a College Board/NACAC fee waiver or a letter, which includes the family income and the number of people supported by that income, to the UC Application Center address provided on the receipt.   You must already qualify for the free and reduced lunch program at school in order to obtain a College Board/NACAC fee waiver.  You can obtain the fee waiver from the College Office.

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.

More information on Personal Insight Question

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.


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.

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 San Diego: Freshman applicants not offered admission; online appeal only;

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


Information on being Waitlisted

When are waitlist offers announced? When will students hear a decision?

Freshman applicants will receive waitlist offers by the end of March, with an opt-in deadline of April 15. Students will be notified of their final status by June 1. Transfer applicants will receive waitlist offers by the end of April, with an opt-in deadline of May 15. Students will be notified of their final status by July 1.

I have a student who was offered and accepted a space on a waitlist at one of the campuses. Can they do anything to increase their chances of selection? Are students ranked?

Whether or not a campus will offer admission to students on a waitlist depends on a number of factors, including the number of students initially offered admission who accept a space by May 1 (June 1 for transfers), and campus and department enrollment goals. There is nothing that a student should or can do other than opt-in to the waitlist by the stated deadline. Any additional information submitted that was not requested by the campus will not be considered. The process for selecting students from the waitlist varies at each campus. A campus might have enrollment goals for a particular major, leading to the admission of students who applied to that program, but not other. Or a campus might admit broadly.

Can a student accept multiple waitlist offers?


Can students who have been admitted at one campus and waitlisted at another accept both offers?

Yes. In fact, we highly recommend students who have been admitted to either a UC campus or another college or university accept that offer since a waitlist offer is not a guarantee of admission later.

How many students are usually admitted from the waitlists?

The number of students who are ultimately admitted varies from year to year, campus to campus. There is no way to tell how many students, if any, will ultimately be offered admission for any particular year.

Can a student who was waitlisted appeal their admission decision? Can a student who was denied admission appeal to be on the waitlist?

No. Offers to be on the waitlist are not admissions decisions and cannot be appealed. Similarly, students who were denied admission can only appeal for reconsideration to be admitted to the campus, not to be placed on the waitlist.

If a student did not receive an offer of admission from any campus to which they applied, but was waitlisted by a campus, will they receive an offer from UC Merced?

Yes, provided that the student meets all of the criteria for either the statewide or local guarantee.

If students are admitted from the waitlist, will they receive a financial aid package? Will they still be guaranteed housing and orientation?

Most campuses will not have financial aid award packages available when a waitlist offer is made. However, financial aid awards will be made available in accordance with campus policies and procedures, provided the applicant has submitted the FAFSA by the application deadline. The Statement of Intent to Register for students admitted from a waitlist will be considered on time for purposes of housing and orientation, provided they are submitted by the deadline stated in the offer of admission.

If a student is admitted from a campus waitlist after submitting a statement of intent to register (SIR) and deposit to another campus, can the initial deposit be refunded or transferred?

No, the SIR deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.



Does it help students to submit their applications early in November?

A: For UC’s purposes, it does not matter if the application is submitted earlier or later in the month.  All on-time (submitted by Nov. 30) applications are reviewed in the same way.

Can students change information on the application once it’s been submitted?

A:  Once the application has been submitted, only contact information and self-reported tests scores can be updated online.  Please remind your students to carefully review the entire completed application before submission.

I dropped a class after the first semester.  Do I need to let the UC’s know?

Yes, you should report it. See the above answer.   Don’t stand the chance of not reporting it, because at the end of the year, you will HAVE to send an official transcript and they will verify what you reported.  If it doesn’t match, you may run of the risk of getting your acceptance rescinded.  Remember, it’s a provisional (conditional) acceptance.

Will the change in my senior year schedule affect the admission decision?

It’s hard to say because everyone is different and everything is examined case by case. It may matter to one UC but not another.  Either way, you should report any changes like if you dropped a class.

When will I hear from the UC’s about their admission decisions?

You should hear about March

Do I need to take the SAT Subject tests for admissions?

They are not a required part of the admissions process. But there are some competitive majors that highly suggest that you take subject tests.

What does it mean to be waitlisted?

Fall-term freshman applicants will receive waitlist offers by the end of March, with an opt-in deadline of April 15. Freshman students will be notified of their final status by June 1. You can accept waitlist offers from multiple campuses, but you can only accept one offer of admission. Even if you accept a waitlist offer at a UC campus, you should submit a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) to ensure you have a place to attend in the fall.

Which ECR honors classes receive an extra point?

H US History, H American Lit/Contemporary Comp, H Math Analysis, H Chemistry, H Physiology, H Physics



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