CSU/UC Admission and Courses

University of California Admission Information

There are 9 undergraduate campuses offering programs leading to a Bachelor’s degree.

I. Application Dates- The application filing period for fall is November 1 through 30th.

II. Application Fees- $70.00 for each campus; fee waivers are available to qualifying students

III. Subject Requirement- To satisfy the Subject Requirement (a-g requirements), students must

complete the high school courses listed below with a C grade or higher.

Students must take 15 units of high school courses to fulfill the Subject Requirement- eleven units of which must be done by the end of the junior year. A unit is equivalent to an academic year, or two semesters. The course must appear on the UCOP approved “a-g” course list in order to be acceptable to the University.

  1. History/ Social Science - two years required

(One year of U.S. History or ½ year of U.S. History and ½ year Government, and one year of World History)

  1. English – four years of composition and literature

(maximum of one year of English in 9th grade)

  1. Mathematics - three years required; four years recommended

(Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II)

  1. Laboratory Science – two years required in at least two of these three areas:

Biology, Chemistry, or Physics; three years recommended

  1. Language other than English– two years required; three years recommended

(minimum of two years of the same language)

  1. Visual & Performing Art (VPA) – one consecutive year of UC approved Visual and Performing Arts required

  2. College Preparatory Elective- one year of a college prep elective, or one year of advanced coursework in one of the “a-f” areas above.

IV. Scholarship Requirements-

Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better. In calculating an applicant’s Grade Point Average (GPA) for admission, the University will use only the grades earned in the “a-g” courses (described above) taken in grades 10 and 11, including summer school. See your counselor for more detailed information on the GPA requirement for the UC.

You must earn a grade of C or better in all high school courses used to satisfy the “a-g” requirements. Courses taken in the ninth grade and completed with a grade of C or better can satisfy a subject requirement but will not count in the grade-point average.

California State University Admission Information

There are 23 state universities throughout California, all offering degree programs. These programs provide training for all careers that require a Bachelor’s degree.

  1. Application Dates- The application-filing period is October 1- November 30.

Campuses will only accept applications that are submitted online.

II. Application Fees- A fee of $70 must be included with each campus application. *The fee waiver application is part of the general application for admission.

III. Admission Requirements






Mathematics (4 years recommended)


U.S. History or ½ U.S. History and ½ Government and 1 year of social science


Laboratory Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics): At least one biological science and one physical science


Language Other than English (same language)


Visual and Performing Art (Art, Dance, Drama/Theater, or Music)


Approved college preparatory electives (English, Adv. Math, Lab Science, Foreign Language, Social Science, Visual and Performing Arts, or Agriculture)



IV. Examination Requirement

All freshman applicants must submit test scores, as described below:

One aptitude test, either a or b:

  1. SAT Reasoning Test www.collegeboard.com

  2. ACT (American College Test) including the Writing Option www.act.org

**The California State University (CSU) will temporarily suspend the use of ACT/SAT examinations in determining admission eligibility for all CSU campuses for the 2021-2022 academic year. This temporary change of admission eligibility applies only for the fall 2021, winter 2022 and spring 2022 admission cycles.


UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA & CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY: The following courses meet the requirements for admission to the University of California (a-g) and the California State University. Courses that are marked with a diamond (♦) cannot be used as an elective.