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CSU Admission Requirements

California Resident Eligibility Index Examples

GPA ACT Composite SAT Total
3.0 No minimum score required No minimum score required
2.8 14 660
2.6 18 820
2.4 22 980
2.2 26 1140
2.0 30 1300

What are the 15 units of courses I need?

You must complete with a grade of C or better the following pattern of college preparatory subjects totaling 15 units:

  • 2 years: Social Science, including one year of U.S. History or U.S. History and Government
  • 4 years: English
  • 3 years: Mathematics (Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II; or integrated mathematics   including these topics)
  • 2 years: Science with a laboratory (one year biological and one year physical)
  • 2 years: Language other than English (same language)
  • 1 year: Visual and Performing Arts: Art, Dance, Theatre/Drama, or Music**
  • 1 year: Elective chosen from the subject areas listed above or approved college  preparatory elective courses

**One year of one discipline, e.g., art, drama, dance, or music.

​UC Admission Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 15 college-preparatory courses (a-g courses) with a letter grade of C or better, with at least 11 courses finished prior to the beginning of your last year of high school.

    The 15 courses are:

    a. History

    2 years

    b. English

    4 years

    c. Mathematics

    3 years

    d. Laboratory science

    2 years

  2. e. Language other than English
    *or equivalent to the 2nd level of high school instruction

    2 years*

    f. Visual and performing arts

    1 year

    g. College-preparatory elective
    (chosen from the subjects listed above or another course approved by the university)

    1 year

  3. Earn a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (3.4 if you're a nonresident) in these courses with no grade lower than a C. Learn how to calculate the UC freshman GPA »
  4. Meet the examination requirement by taking the ACT Plus Writing, the SAT (taken prior to March 2016) or SAT with Essay (taken March 2016 or later) by December of your senior year. We don't require SAT Subject Tests, but certain programs on some campuses recommend them, and you can use subject tests to satisfy the "a-g" requirements listed above.  

California students

If you're a state resident who has met the minimum requirements and aren't admitted to any UC campus to which you apply, you'll be offered a spot at another campus if space is available, provided:

  • You rank in the top 9 percent of California high school students, according to our admissions index, or
  • You rank in the top 9 percent of your graduating class at a participating high school. We refer to this as "Eligible in the Local Context" (ELC).