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If you're interested in entering the University of California as a freshman you'll have to satisfy these new admission requirements:
  • Complete a minimum of 15 college-preparatory courses ("a-g" courses), with at least 11 finished prior to your senior year.
The 15 A-G courses are
a. History/social science
2 years
b. English
4 years
c. Mathematics
3 years
d. Laboratory science
2 years
e. Language other than English
2 years
f. Visual and performing arts
1 year
g. College-preparatory elective
(chosen from the subjects listed above or another course approved by the university)
1 year
  • Earn a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better in these courses with no grade lower than a C.
  • Take the ACT With Writing or the SAT Reasoning Test by December of your senior year.
  • How many college/university courses may a student take? Will the grades be weighted in the GPA calculation for freshman admission?
    High school students may take as many college/university courses as they wish. When calculating the GPA to determine if a student's eligibility meets/exceeds the minimum GPA requirement, we limit the number of honors points to 4 courses (8 semesters), with no more than 2 courses (four semesters) from 10th grade. This total includes college-level courses in the "a-g" college-preparatory subjects that are transferable to UC. 


D and F Grades:

If you repeat a course in which you earned a D or F in an "a-g" course, the original grade will not be included in the GPA calculation, and the new grade will be used. If you repeat a course in which you initially earned a grade of C, the second grade will not be used.