Freshman Admission Overview

Freshman admission information is organized along the main criteria that the UCs consider: academic performance, extracurricular achievement, and test scores. Academic Preparation reviews the UC a-g requirements, course rigor, UC GPA calculation, school disciplinary actions, and other ways to improve your academic performance. Extracurriculars discusses why you need extracurricular activities and what constitutes extracurricular activities, what UCs mean when they say they are looking for students with “leadership,” and a list of extracurricular activities to get you started. Testing provides the UC testing requirements, test score submission requirement and deadline, and resources to help you prepare for the tests.

Aside from general admission criteria, you must also consider admission preferences of your selected UC campuses and your intended major. Admission Information presents these campus-specific and major-specific guidelines, as well as admission stats and information specific to out-of-state and international students.

Application Timeline provides advice regarding the UC application process and includes information on general guidelines, fee waiver, how to report application changes, admission decision dates, and waitlist information, to name a few.

Financial Aid goes over the basics of how to pay for college, directs you to tools and resources for government and UC financial aid, and provides a list of scholarship search sites and some scholarships (including information for AB 540 students).

Resources is a compilation of everything else ranging from UC recruitment tools to online college reviews to information on gap year.