University of California
Freshman Admission Requirements
UCLA receives applications from far more students than it can admit. To gain admission to UCLA, you need to present an academic profile much stronger than represented by the minimum UC admission requirements below. The Freshman Profile gives some idea of what the academics of competitive applicants look like.
The "a–g" subject requirements represent the 15 minimum academic preparatory courses that freshman applicants must have to be meet University of California admission requirements. Applicants must complete 11 of the 15 "a–g" requirements by the end of their junior year. For more information on these requirements, please visit the UC a-g interactive website. The University of California also maintains a list of certified "a-g" courses for high schools in California.
COVID-19 update: UC has temporarily suspended the letter grade requirement for A-G courses completed in spring 2020 for all students, including UC’s most recently admitted freshmen. A-G courses completed in spring 2020 with Pass (P) or Credit (CR) grades will satisfy appropriate A-G requirements.
Pass (P) or Credit (CR) grades will meet A-G subject requirements but will not be calculated in the GPA. UC will continue to calculate the GPA for admission purposes using all A-G courses passed with letter grades in grades 10 and 11, including summer terms following grades 9, 10 and 11. Extra points in honors-level coursework will continue to be capped at 8 semesters of honors points in A-G courses completed with letter grades of A, B and C in grades 10 and 11.
(a): History/Social Science
2 years required - Two years of history/social science including one year of world history, cultures, and geography; and or one year U.S. history or one half year U.S. history and one half year of civics or American government.
4 years required - Four years of college preparatory English that include the reading of classic and modern literature and frequent and regular writing. No more than one year of ESL-type courses can be used to meet this requirement.
3 years required, 4 years recommended - Three years of college-preparatory mathematics that include the topics covered in elementary and advanced algebra, and one year-long course in geometry that includes two and three-dimensional geometry. Approved integrated math courses may be used to fulfill part or all of this requirement, as may math courses taken in the seventh and eighth grades that your high school accepts as equivalent to its own math courses.
(d): Laboratory Science
2 years required, 3 years recommended - fundamental knowledge in at least two of these three foundational subjects: biology, chemistry, and physics. Advanced laboratory science courses that have biology, chemistry, or physics as prerequisites and offer substantial new material may be used to fulfill this requirement. The last two years of an approved three-year integrated science program that provides rigorous coverage of at least two of the three foundational subjects may be used to fulfill this requirement.
(e): Language other than English
2 years required, 3 years recommended - Two years of the same language other than English. Courses should emphasize speaking and understanding and include instruction in grammar, vocabulary, reading, composition, and culture. Courses in languages other English taken in the seventh and eighth grades may be used to fulfill part of this requirement if your high school accepts them as equivalent to its own courses.
(f): Visual and Performing Arts (VPA)
1 year required - A single year-long approved arts course from a single VPA discipline: dance, drama/theater, music, or visual art.
(g): College Preparatory Electives
1 year required - One year (two semesters), in addition to those required in "a-f" above, chosen from the following areas: visual and performing arts (non-introductory-level courses), history, social science, English, advanced mathematics, laboratory science, and a language other than English (a third year in the language used for the "e" requirement or two years of another language).
For additional information, please visit the UC's A-G Policy Resource Guide.
COVID-19 update: The University recognizes the challenges that students are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and, in response, UC is suspending the standardized test requirement for students applying for fall 2021 freshman admission.
Students applying for fall 2021 are not precluded from taking standardized tests (SAT or ACT) and sending scores if they are able, however, campuses will adjust their internal processes accordingly to ensure that no student is harmed in admissions selection should they not submit a test score.
This modification to the test requirement is not intended as an admissions policy shift but is rather a temporary accommodation driven by the current extraordinary circumstances.
The Scholarship Requirement defines the minimum grade point average (GPA) in the "a-g" subjects to meet University of California admission requirements. The minimum GPA for California applicants is 3.0. It's 3.4 for nonresidents.