Monday, Nov. 1, 2004
Ravi Poorsina (510) 587-6194


The University of California today (Nov. 1) opened the official application period for fall 2005 admission. During the month of November, the university will accept applications from high school seniors and transfer students to all nine UC campuses that offer undergraduate programs, including the new UC Merced campus in the San Joaquin Valley.

"The application period is always an exciting time because it marks the next step of a student's academic growth that, ultimately, influences their lives in ways that help shape the future of California," said Susan Wilbur, UC director of undergraduate admissions. "Each UC campus offers a high-quality educational experience, and financial aid is available to help keep that experience accessible to qualified Californians of all backgrounds."

To be considered eligible for freshman admission, a student must:

- Complete 15 "a-g" college-preparatory courses in high school;

- Maintain a 2.8 GPA in the "a-g" courses in the 10th and 11th grades;

- Earn sufficient test scores on standardized tests, including the SAT I or ACT, plus three SAT II subject tests. An "eligibility index" defines the combination of the grades and test scores required for UC eligibility. The eligibility index can be found online at:


Students in the top 4 percent of their high schools' graduating classes based on their grades in the "a-g" courses are also UC-eligible. This path to admission is known as "Eligibility in the Local Context" (ELC). For more information regarding this avenue and other pertinent eligibility issues, please visit: www.ucop.edu/sas/elc

For transfer students, the most common way to become eligible for UC admission is to:

- Complete 60 semester (90 quarter) units of transferable college coursework with a GPA of at least 2.4.

- Complete the following course pattern with a grade of C or better in each course: two transferable college courses in English composition, one course in mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning; and four courses from at least two different subject areas, including the arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences and physical and biological sciences.

The university makes every effort to provide a place in the UC system for all students who meet its eligibility requirements, although not necessarily at their campus of choice. When individual campuses receive applications from more eligible students than they can admit -- as is most often the case -- they use additional selection criteria that go beyond the minimum eligibility requirements to select students. This comprehensive review of applications evaluates students on a wide range of measures of academic and personal achievement. Students are encouraged to apply broadly across the UC system to increase their chances of admission.

For fall 2005, the university prefers that students apply online at: www.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply

Students can also find detailed information on admission requirements at: www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/

Information about financial aid is available at: www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/financialaid.html

For profiles of current UC students and how they have made a UC education affordable, see:


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