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A. Admission to the University of California as a Freshman

Subject, scholarship, and examination requirements for freshman applicants are described below.
1. Subject Requirement

To satisfy this requirement, you must have successfully completed a specific sequence of high school courses in the subjects listed below. These required high school courses are often called the “a-g subjects.” To be accepted by the University, they must appear on a list certified by your high school principal as “Courses to Meet Requirements for Admission to the University of California.” This list may be found at https://pathways.ucop.edu/doorways/list/site.


The grades you earn in the a-g subjects taken in the 10th and 11th grades are the only grades the University will use to calculate your grade point average for admission. Grades earned in the 12th grade are carefully reviewed for final admission.
It will take 15 units* of high school work to fulfill the Subject Requirement. At least 7 of the 15 units must have been earned in courses taken during the last two years of high school.

a. History/Social Science: Two years required; one year of United States history or one-half year of United States history and one-half year of civics or American government; and one year of World History, Cultures, and Geography.

b. English: Four years required, which can include no more that one year of ELD courses (highest level).

c. Mathematics: Three years required (Algebra I, Geometry, Intermediate Algebra / Algebra II); four years recommended.

d. Laboratory Science: Two years required (including at least two of the three core disciplines of biology, chemistry, conceptual chemistry, and physics); three years recommended. (Not more than one year of 9th grade laboratory science can be used to meet this requirement.)

e. Language Other Than English: Two years are required; three years recommended (must be from the same language).

f. Visual and Performing Arts (VPA): One year (two semesters) of the same course is required in any of the following areas: dance, music theatre/drama, or visual arts.

g. College Preparatory Elective Courses: One year (two semesters) required, in additional to those required in “a-f” above, chosen from the following areas: visual and performing arts (non-introductory level courses), history, social science, English, advanced mathematics, laboratory science and language other than English (a third year in the language used for the “e” requirement or two years of another language).

*A unit is equivalent to a one-year course.
NOTE: Courses that meet University of California entrance requirements will be marked “U.C.” (subject area).

2. Scholarship Requirement


The Scholarship Requirement defines the grade point average (GPA) you must attain in the “a-g” subjects and the SAT Reasoning (or ACT) and SAT II test scores you must earn to be eligible for admission to the University.

If your GPA is 3.0 or above, you satisfy the minimum Scholarship Requirement if you achieve the test score total indicated in the Eligibility Index.


The University calculates your GPA in the “a-g” subjects by assigning point values to the grades you earn, totaling the points, and dividing the total by the number of “a-g” course units. Points are assigned as follows: A = 4 points, B = 3, C = 2, D = 1, and F = 0.
Only the grades you earn in “a-g” subjects in the 10th and 11th grades are used to calculate your GPA. Final grades you earn in “a-g” subjects in the 12th grade are used to confirm that UC eligibility and campus conditions for admission have been fulfilled. Courses you take in 9th grade can be used to meet the Subject Requirement if you earn a grade of C or better, but they will not be used to calculate your GPA.

Honors Level Courses

The University assigns extra points for up to four units of University-certified honors level, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Higher Level and designated Standard Level courses taken in the last three years of high school: A=5 points, B=4 points, C=3 points. No more than two units (two years or four semesters) of UC-approved honors level courses taken in the 10th grade may be given extra points. A grade of ‘D’ in an honors, Advanced Placement or designated International Baccalaureate course does not earn extra points.

To qualify for extra points, high school courses must be in the following academic fields: history, English, advanced mathematics, laboratory science, language other than English (foreign language), visual and performing arts (beyond the introductory level), computer science and social science, and they must be certified as honors courses by the University. The following Los Alamitos High School courses have been approved by the University of California to receive extra points when computing the student’s grade point average:

Art History (AP) Japanese (AP)

Biology (AP) Macroeconomics (AP)

Calculus AB (AP) Music Theory (AP)

Calculus BC (AP) Physics B (AP)

Chemistry (AP) Physics C (AP)**

Computer Science (AP) Pre-Calculus (H)

English Language & Composition (AP) Psychology (AP)

English Literature & Composition (AP) Spanish IV (H)

Environmental Science (AP) Spanish (AP)

European History (AP) Spanish Literature (AP)

French (AP) Statistics (AP)

German (AP) Studio Art (AP)

Human Geography (AP)** U.S. Government & Politics (AP)



Japanese III (H) U.S. History (AP)

Japanese IV (H) World History (AP)


** pending school board approval

D and F Grades

‘D’ and ‘F’ grades in the “a-g” courses must be repeated or validated. The best grade will be used in the GPA calculation. A course that was not completed with a ‘C’ or better can be repeated only once. Consult with your counselor to determine how these grades can be improved and how the University will use them in evaluating your scholarship record. A grade of ‘D’ in the fall semester in a language other than English is acceptable with a higher grade in the spring semester, or the next higher level course in the same language. A grade of ‘D’ in the fall semester in Algebra I is acceptable with a higher grade in the spring semester or a grade of ‘C’ or better in Algebra II. Grades for repeated courses in which you initially earned a grade of ‘C’ or better will not be used.

3. Examination Requirement
You must submit the following test scores:

a. Either the Scholastic Assessment Test: Reasoning (SAT Reasoning) or the ACT with Writing. The verbal, mathematics, and writing scores on the SAT Reasoning must be from the same sitting. For the ACT, a composite score must be submitted.

b. Two SAT Subject Tests from two separate areas (English literature, mathematics, foreign language, science or social studies) are required. Only Mathematics Level 2 will be accepted if choosing mathematics as a Subject Test.
4. Eligibility by Examination Alone
If you do not meet the requirements for Eligibility in the Statewide Context or Eligibility in the Local Context, you may be able to qualify for admission to the University by examination.
B. Admission to the California State University as a Freshman
The California State University and the University of California have aligned their respective 15 college preparatory course requirements.
Eligibility is determined by a combination of grade point average (which includes the “a-g” courses completed in the 10th and 11th grades) and ACT or SAT Reasoning scores. CSU will continue to use the highest partial score from multiple sittings of ACT or SAT Reasoning.
1. Subject Requirement
First-time freshman applicants are required to have completed, with a grade of ‘C’ or better in each course, the 15-unit comprehensive pattern of college preparatory study also known as the “a-g” pattern. CSU accepts all high school courses identified by the University of California as meeting the “a-g” requirements. The college preparatory course pattern requires:

a. History/Social Science: Two years required; one year of United States

history or one-half year of United States history and one-half year of civics or

American government; and a second year of history/social science from either

the “a” or “g” subject areas.

b. English: Four years required, which can include not more that one year of ELL courses.

c. Mathematics: Three years required (Algebra I, Geometry, Intermediate Algebra /Algebra II); four years recommended.

d. Laboratory Science: Two years required, including one year of physical science and one year of biological science.

e. Language Other Than English: Two years are required; must be same language.

f. Visual and Performing Arts (VPA): One year (two semesters) of the same course is required in any of the following areas: dance, music theatre/drama, or visual arts.

g. College Preparatory Elective Courses: One year (two semesters) required, in additional to those required in “a-f” above, chosen from the following areas: visual and performing arts (non-introductory level courses), history, social science, English, advanced mathematics, laboratory science and language other than English (a third year in the language used for the “e” requirement or two years of another language).
NOTE: Courses that meet California State University entrance requirements will be marked

“C.S.U.” (subject area).


Honors Level Courses

The University assigns extra points for up to four units of University-certified honors level, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Higher Level and designated Standard Level courses taken in the last three years of high school: A=5 points, B=4 points, C=3 points. No more than two units (two years or four semesters) of UC-approved honors level courses taken in the 10th grade may be given extra points. A grade of ‘D’ in an honors, Advanced Placement or designated International Baccalaureate course does not earn extra points.

To qualify for extra points, high school courses must be in the following academic fields: history, English, advanced mathematics, laboratory science, language other than English (foreign language), visual and performing arts (beyond the introductory level), computer science and social science, and they must be certified as honors courses by the University.

Eligibility Index

The Eligibility Index is a weighted combination of a student’s grade point average during the final three years of high school and a score on either the ACT or the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT Reasoning).


Students with grade point averages of 3.0 or above may establish eligibility for admission without submitting test scores. However, applicants are encouraged to take the SAT Reasoning or ACT since test scores may be included among the supplementary criteria used to determine admission to impacted campuses and programs.
D and F Grades

‘D’ and ‘F’ grades in the “a-g” courses must be repeated or validated. The best grade will be used in the GPA calculation. There is no restriction on the number of times a course may be repeated. Consult with your counselor to determine how these grades can be improved and how the University will use them in evaluating your scholarship record. A grade of ‘D’ in the fall semester in a language other than English is acceptable with a higher grade in the spring semester, or a grade of ‘C’ or better in the next higher level course in the same language. A grade of ‘D’ in the fall semester in Algebra I is acceptable with a higher grade in the spring semester or a grade of ‘C’ or better in Algebra II. Grades for repeated courses in which you initially earned a grade of ‘C’ or better will not be used.

C. Admission to the Community College as a Freshman
Graduates of a four-year high school or its equivalent are eligible for admission and may undertake any program of study for which they are prepared. Math and English Placement Tests will be required to enroll in a mathematics or English course. Others may be eligible if they meet any of the following criteria:
1. Any person possessing a California high school proficiency certificate, OR

2. Any person 18 years of age or older who can profit from instruction.

D. Admission to Independent Colleges and Out-of-State Public Institutions as a Freshman
Subject Requirement
Subject requirements vary among independent colleges and out-of-state public institutions. However, if students follow the University of California requirements, they probably will meet the requirements for the majority of schools. Refer to the college catalog or website for subject and scholarship requirements for each independent college.

CSU – UC Comparison of Freshman Admission Requirements for 2013-14 Applicants





California State University (CSU)

University of California (UC)



HIGH SCHOOL GPA





Calculate GPA using only “a-g” approved courses taken after the 9th grade, including summer courses. All “a-g” courses and grades must be reported.



SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS





15 yearlong college preparatory courses are required:





11 UC-required college-preparatory (“a-g”) courses must be completed prior to senior year (including summer courses)

a” – History/Social Science



2 years of history/social science, including one year of U.S. history OR one semester of U.S. history

and one semester of American government, AND…

1 year of history/social science from either the “a” or “g” subject area

1 year of world history, cultures & geography from the “a” subject area

b” – English

4 years of college preparatory English composition/literature (including no more than one year of Advanced ESL/ELD)

c” – Mathematics

3 years of mathematics (algebra I and II, geometry); 4 years recommended*

d” – Laboratory Science



2 years of laboratory science

At least 1 year of physical science and 1 year of biological science, one from the “d” subject area and the other from the “d” or “g” area **

Must include at least two of the three foundational subjects of biology, chemistry, and physics; both courses must be from the “d” subject area; 3 years recommended

“e” – Language Other Than

English


2 years (or equivalent to the 2nd level course) of language other than English (must be same language, American Sign Language accepted)*




3 years recommended

f” – Visual and Performing Arts

1 yearlong course in visual and performing arts (selected from dance, music, theatre/drama and visual arts)

g” – College-Preparatory Elective


1 year of an elective chosen from any area on approved “a-g” course list

Note: Over 10,000 Career Technical Education courses are approved for fulfillment of “a-g” subject requirements.



HONORS POINTS




Maximum of 8 extra grade points awarded for approved high school honors, AP, or IB courses and transferable college courses. No more than two yearlong courses (4 semesters) taken in 10th grade can earn honors points.




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