UC Admissions requirements for high school

30 Jun

The “a–g” subject requirements represent the 15 minimum academic preparatory courses that freshman applicants must have to be meet University of California admission requirements. Applicants must complete 11 of the 15 “a–g” requirements by the end of their junior year.

Taking approved A-G courses isn’t the only way to satisfy these requirements. Students also may meet them by completing college courses or earning certain scores on SAT, Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams.
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UC Freshman Admission Requirements:

Complete 15 UC-required college-preparatory (“a-g”) courses, with 11 of those done by the end of 11th grade
Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better (weighted by honors/AP bonus points) in these courses
Take the ACT with Writing or SAT Reasoning Test. SAT Subject Tests are now be optional
Eligibility in the Local Context status is offered to student’s in the top 9 percent of their class (this does not guarantee admission to a specific campus).

History/Social Science
2 years required – Two years of history/social science including one year of world history, cultures, and geography; and or one year U.S. history or one half year U.S. history and one half year of civics or American government.

English
UC-approved high school courses

Four years of college-preparatory English that include frequent writing, from brainstorming to final paper, as well as reading of classic and modern literature. No more than one year of ESL-type courses can be used to meet this requirement.

Laboratory science
Students seeking admission to both the UC & CSU as a first-time freshman will be required to satisfactorily complete two laboratory science college preparatory courses. They will require that the two years of lab science include at least one biological science and at least one physical science from the UC list of approved lab science courses. One course must be selected from area “d” (laboratory science), and the second course must be selected from area “d” or area “g” (lab science elective).

Mathematics
3 years required, 4 years recommended – Three years of college-preparatory mathematics that include the topics covered in elementary and advanced algebra, and one year-long course in geometry that includes two and three-dimensional geometry. Approved integrated math courses may be used to fulfill part or all of this requirement, as may math courses taken in the seventh and eighth grades that your high school accepts as equivalent to its own math courses.
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Science
UC-approved high school courses
Two years of college-preparatory science, including or integrating topics that provide fundamental knowledge in two of these three subjects: biology, chemistry, or physics. One year of approved interdisciplinary or earth and space sciences coursework can meet one year of the requirement. Computer Science, Engineering, Applied Science courses can be used in area D as an additional science (i.e., third year and beyond).

Language other than English

2 years required, 3 years recommended – Two years of the same language other than English. Courses should emphasize speaking and understanding and include instruction in grammar, vocabulary, reading, composition, and culture. Courses in languages other English taken in the seventh and eighth grades may be used to fulfill part of this requirement if your high school accepts them as equivalent to its own courses.

The following scores satisfy the entire requirement:

Chinese With Listening: 520
French/French With Listening: 540
German/German With Listening: 510
Modern Hebrew: 470
Italian: 520
Japanese With Listening: 510
Korean With Listening: 500
Latin: 530
Spanish/Spanish With Listening: 520

Visual and performing arts
UC-approved high school courses
One yearlong course of visual and performing arts chosen from the following: dance, drama/theater, music or visual art
AP or IB examination
Score of 3, 4 or 5 on the AP History of Art, Studio Art or Music Theory Exam;
score of 5, 6 or 7 on any one IB HL exam in Dance, Film, Music, Theatre Arts or Visual Arts
College courses
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Grade of C or better in any transferable course of 3 semester (4 quarter) units that clearly falls within one of four visual/performing arts disciplines: dance, drama/theater, music or visual art

Courses used to satisfy the “a-g” requirements taken in the ninth grade or earlier in which D or F grades are earned are treated as subject omissions. As with all ninth-grade courses, the grades are not included in calculating the Scholarship Requirement GPA.

Scholarship Requirement

The Scholarship Requirement defines the minimum grade point average (GPA) in the “a-g” subjects to meet University of California admission requirements. The minimum GPA for California applicants is 3.0. It’s 3.4 for nonresidents.