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University of CA (UC) & CA State University (CSU)



There are 9 UC's open to undergraduate study; UCSF is for graduates only.  
  • Admission to each UC campus is holistic/comprehensive, and all campuses consider the same 14 criteria.
  • The minimum GPA of 3.0 in college prep courses (A-G) in the 10th-12th grade is required.  11 of the 15 required courses must be completed prior to senior year.
  • Applications must be filed between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30 of senior year, but the application opens up Aug. 1.
  • Test scores (ACT or SAT) must be submitted from the testing agency to ONE UC college and it will be shared with the others.  (class of 2021 is not required to provide test scores due to COVID-19 issues.
  • Applicants must complete 4 of 8 Personal Insight questions. 
  • Extra-Curricular activities, honors are reported to the UC in their application.
  • No letter of recommendation is required at the time of application.
  • Housing is guaranteed on most campuses; but students need to apply.  See websites for details.
  • The below UC’s have moved to test-blind for the Fall 2021-Fall 2024 admissions cycle. *Please note that the UC’s below are test-blind for Fall 2021+.
    • UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UC Davis, UC Merced, UC Santa Cruz, UC
    • Please note that UC Santa Barbara & UC San Diego have yet to make a decision on their testing policy for the Fall of 2022 admission cycle.
    •  UC’s will not consider SAT or ACT test scores when making admissions decisions or awarding Regents and Chancellor’s scholarships. If students choose to submit test scores as part of their application, they may be used to determine eligibility for the California statewide admissions guarantee, as an alternative method of fulfilling minimum requirements for eligibility or for course placement after they enroll.
    • For Juniors, some colleges will be moving to test-optional permanently, I would suggest looking at the college website for testing updates.


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There are 23 CSU campuses and most give priority admission to their defined regional area.  SRV's local area CSU is Cal State East Bay in Hayward.
  • Admissions to each CSU campus is determined by each campus and generally uses an eligibility index formula of GPA/Test Scores.
  • Minimum GPA is 2.0 in college prep classes as defined by the UC. 
  • SAT or ACT are required, w/o the essay portion (for class of 2021, this requirement has been waived.)  Scores need to be submitted by the testing agency (as requested by the student)
    • The higher your GPA, the lower the test score typically needs to be.
  • Applications are submitted Oct. 1-Dec. 4, 2020
  • Housing should be requested per the timeline set by the CSU.  Some are sure to check!
  • Students should check individual campus websites for particular major specific or other guidelines.  For example, Cal Poly SLO has some different requirements than other CSUs.
  • The California State University (CSU) will continue to temporarily suspend the use of ACT/SAT examinations in determining admission eligibility for all CSU campuses for the 2022-2023 academic year. This temporary change of admission eligibility applies for the following terms: Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Winter 2023 and Spring 2023 admission cycles. Please find the whole article here.


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