History 2 year
English 4 years
Math 3 years
Laboratory science 2 year
Foreign Language 2 year
Visual arts 1 year
College elective class 1 year
- Meeting the minimum qualifications for the university does not guarantee you admission as a freshman. Students are encouraged to achieve well beyond the minimum qualifications to enhance their chances for selection.
-Earn a grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better (3.40 or better for a nonresident of California) in these courses with no grade lower than a C.
-Professionally-trained Admissions readers conduct an in-depth review of your academic and personal achievements in light of the opportunities available to you and your demonstrated capacity to contribute to the intellectual and cultural life at UCSC. The 14 factors we consider are:
Grade-point average (GPA)
-Academic grade point average in all completed "a-g" courses, including additional grade points for completed UC-certified honors courses.
-Scores on the ACT Plus Writing or SAT Reasoning Test. on SAT Reasoning : 500-630
-Number of, content of and performance in academic courses beyond the minimum "a-g" requirements.
-Number of and performance in UC-approved honors. Courses approved for UC honors include Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, UC-transferable college courses, and UC-approved honors courses (California high schools only).
Eligibility in the Local Context
Identification by UC as being ranked in the top 9 percent of the your high school class at the end of your junior year (Eligible in the Local Context, or ELC).
Quality of senior-year program of study
Quality of your senior-year program as measured by the type and number of academic courses in progress or planned
Educational opportunities in high schools
Quality of your academic performance relative to the educational opportunities available in your high school.
Performance in academic subject areas
Outstanding performance in one or more academic subject areas.
Achievements in special projects
Outstanding work in one or more special projects in any academic field of study.
Improvement in academic performance
Recent, marked improvement in academic performance as demonstrated by academic GPA and the quality of course work completed or in progress.
Special talents, achievements, and awards
Special talents, achievements and awards in a particular field, such as visual and performing arts, communication or athletic endeavors; special interests, 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.