UC Freshman Admission – Overview

All the freshman admission information available on my website is organized along the main criteria that the UCs consider: academic performance and extracurricular achievement. I also provide campus-specific admission information, a general application timeline, as well as information on financial aid and other resources.

Academic Preparation

Academic Preparation reviews the UC A-G requirements, course rigor, UC GPA calculation, school disciplinary actions, and other ways to improve your academic performance.

Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular Activities 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 activities and programs to get you started.

Testing Requirements

The UCs are expected to remain test-free in the foreseeable future.

Campus/Major-Specific Information

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

UC Application Timeline

UC Application Timeline provides advice regarding the entire UC Application process from start to finish, and includes information on how best to complete different parts of the application, how to report application changes, when admission decisions are released, and how to handle waitlist and appeals.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

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


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