Regents Policy 2103: Policy on Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

Approved June 18, 1982
Amended May 18, 1990, March 19, 1999, September 23, 2004, September 22, 2005, and February 5, 2009

A. Academic Achievement

(1) Freshman applicants will be required to complete a minimum of 15 high school year-long courses to be taken during grades 9 through 12. Of these, at least fifteen must be academic or college preparatory courses approved by the University and consisting of courses in a) history/social science (2 courses); b) English (4 courses); c) mathematics (3 courses including elementary algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra); d) laboratory science (2 courses to be taken from two disciplines); e) foreign language (2 courses); f) visual and performing arts (1 course); and g) college preparatory elective courses (1 course, to be chosen from the fields listed above) (As amended March 19, 1999). Eleven academic or college preparatory courses must be completed by the end of the 11th grade. At least seven must be taken during the last two years of high school;

(2) The GPA shall reflect:

  1. Grades in all approved a-g courses taken in the 10th and 11th grade; and 
  2. Extra grade points for grades received in approved honors level courses to a maximum of four courses, including a maximum of two courses taken in the 10th grade (As amended May 18, 1990). The extra points are to be calculated on a scale of A=5, B=4, C=3. 
  3. Effective for freshmen entering the University in fall 2007, the minimum grade point average required for students Eligible in the Statewide Context and Eligible in the Local Context shall be increased to 3.0 (As amended September 23, 2004).

(3) Transfer applicants will be required to complete the equivalent of freshman entrance requirements in English and mathematics, effective with respect to applicants for Fall Quarter 1984.

(4) Test Scores

  1. Applicants for admission as freshmen must submit scores on an approved test of Mathematics, Language Arts, and Writing.
  2. The applicant must also submit scores for approved supplementary subject matter tests to be taken in two different “a-f” subject areas listed in paragraph A(1). This requirement shall become inoperative and is repealed effective with the application and admissions process for fall 2012.
  3. Approval of tests shall be determined by the Academic Senate through its Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools. The minimum scores acceptable shall be determined by the Academic Senate through its Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools.

B. Entitled to Review

Effective for students entering in fall 2012, all freshman applicants who meet the Academic Achievement criteria described in Paragraph A(1), (2) and (4) will be entitled to review (ETR) at each UC campus to which they apply, but will not be guaranteed admission to any UC campus as a result of their ETR status (see Policy on Comprehensive Review in Undergraduate Admissions.)

C. Students Eligible in the Statewide Context and Eligible in the Local Context

(1) Effective for students entering UC as freshmen for fall 2001, four percent of the eligible students will be identified on the basis of superior academic performance in the context of their own high school as Eligible in the Local Context. This subparagraph shall become inoperative and is repealed effective with the application and admissions process for fall 2012.

(2) Effective for students entering in fall 2012, freshman applicants who meet the Academic Achievement criteria described in Paragraph A (1), (2) and (4) and whose combined high school GPA and test scores would place them in the top nine percent of California public high school graduates will be identified as Eligible in the Statewide Context.

(3) Effective for students entering UC as freshmen for fall 2012, students in each participating California high school who are in the top nine percent of their class at the end of the 11th grade and meet the requirements described in A(1) and (2) will be identified as Eligible in the Local Context.

(4) Freshman applicants deemed Eligible in the Statewide Context or Eligible in the Local Context who are not admitted to any campus where they apply will be offered admission at a UC campus with available space.

(5) Students identified as Eligible in the Statewide Context or Eligible in the Local Context shall complete the University's course and test-taking requirements by the end of their senior year in high school to be deemed fully eligible to enroll.

D. Reporting

(1) The Academic Senate, through its Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools (BOARS) will evaluate and report annually and at five-year intervals on the academic and fiscal impact of this policy; and

(2) Based on the results of these ongoing studies, the Academic Senate should periodically consider recommending adjustments to the guarantee structure.

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