UC(University of California) Admissions: Eligibility and Time Line

The University of California System has nine UC Schools for Undergraduates. Some of them are evaluated as the top public schools in the United States. We have done some research and collected some important information on UC Admission. It includes information about selection criteria, eligibility calculation, test requirements, admissions timeline, and financial aid application timeline.

How UC Reviews Applicants – Comprehensive Review

Because the applicant pool is different every year, the level of academic performance necessary varies. When campuses receive applications from more prospective freshman students than they can admit, they use the 14 criteria below to select among qualified applicants. This process is called comprehensive review. By using this process, UC admissions officers look beyond the required test scores and grades to evaluate applicants’ academic achievements.

Comprehensive Review Factors for Freshman Applicants
1. Academic grade point average (GPA) in all completed “a-g” courses, including additional points for completed University-certified honors courses.
2. Scores on the ACT Assessment plus Writing or SAT Reasoning Test(SAT I), and two SAT Subject Tests(SAT II). (SAT Subject Tests will not be required for freshman applicants applying for fall 2012 or later.)
3. Number of, content of and performance in academic courses beyond the minimum “a-g” requirements.
4. Number of and performance in University-approved honors courses and Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate and transferable college courses.
5. Identification by UC as being ranked in the top 4 percent of the student’s high school class at the end of his or her junior year (“eligible in the local context” or ELC). Beginning with the freshman class entering in fall 2012, students in the top 9 percent of their high school class will be designated ELC.
6. Quality of the student’s senior-year program, as measured by the type and number of academic courses in progress or planned.
7. Quality of the student’s academic performance relative to the educational opportunities available in his or her high school.
8. Outstanding performance in one or more academic subject areas.
9. Outstanding work in one or more special projects in any academic field of study.
10. Recent, marked improvement in academic performance, as demonstrated by academic GPA and the quality of coursework completed or in progress.
11. Special talents, achievements and awards in a particular field, such as visual and performing arts, communication or athletic endeavors; special skills, such as demonstrated written and oral proficiency in other languages; special interests, such as intensive study and exploration of other cultures; experiences that demonstrate unusual promise for leadership, such as significant community service or significant participation in student government; or other significant experiences or achievements that demonstrate the student’s promise for contributing to the intellectual vitality of a campus.
12. Completion of special projects undertaken in the context of the student’s high school curriculum or in conjunction with special school events, projects or programs.
13. Academic accomplishments in light of the student’s life experiences and special circumstances.
14. Location of the student’s secondary school and residence

UC Eligibility Calculation

UC uses UC Scores to evaluate applicants as well.

Firstly, you need to know that points for UC approved honors courses capped at 8 semester’s worth for eligibility purposes, but uncapped for ELC. Namely, it is the 8 point cap on bonus points. Please be notice that the cap is for UC ELIGIBILITY, not Admissions!

Secondly, you should calculate your GPA for the UC approved a-g courses for grades 10 and 11. To get the correct GPA, you must first know what honors courses have been approved for extra credit in your high school. You can find it out at https://doorways.ucop.edu/list.

Thirdly, if you have taken community college courses, in order for you to get extra credit, you need to confirm that the courses you have taken are considered as “transferable” college courses. ASSIST, an online course-transfer information system shows how course credits earned at a local college, which can be applied when transferred to another at http://www.assist.org/web-assist/welcome.html.

You can use the online calculator to convert your SAT and/or ACT scores to UC Scores at http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/undergrad_adm/paths_to_adm/freshman/scholarship_reqs.html

The minimum GPA is 3.0 for California residents, 3.4 for nonresidents.

Test Requirements

• ACT Assessment with Writing or SAT Reasoning Test
• Two SAT Subject Tests in two any different areas, chosen from history, literature, mathematics (Level 2 only), science or foreign language, required (Some programs/majors at some campuses have a preferred SAT Subject Test pattern).
• Deadline for completing all admissions tests is December 2009
• UC requires official test scores sent directly from the testing agency
• UC uses the highest total score from a single test administration

Admissions Time Line

• Application filing period is November 1-30 for Fall 2010 Enrollment.
• Admissions decisions are sent out between March 1 and March 30.
• All campuses provide online access to admissions decisions. Students receive e-mail on instructions.
• Students must submit Statement of Intent to register to one campus by May 1.
• Official high school and college records are due at enrolling campus by July 15.

Financial Aid Time Line

Federal Student Aid
Students who wish to be considered for need-based and/or honorary scholarships must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between Jan. 1 and March 2, 2010 at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.

California Student Aid
Funded by the state of California and administered by the California Student Aid Commission, Cal Grants can reduce a student’s college bill by as much as $9,700 a year. The GPA verification form is due by March 2. Applicants can follow all the steps at http://www.calgrant.org/index.cfm?navId=21.

Data Source: http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/

Hope the information on UC Admission is helpful. Wish you can get in your dream college!

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