University of California
Freshman Admission Requirements
Update to the standardized testing requirement for fall 2021 and 2022
UCLA will be "test-optional" for fall 2021 and fall 2022. Freshman applicants are not required to submit SAT/ACT test scores.
What does "test-optional" mean?
- You choose whether or not to submit SAT/ACT scores with your application
- If you choose not to submit test scores, your application will still receive full consideration. Students will not be penalized in the admission review process for not submitting SAT/ACT scores.
- Students will no longer be required to submit the SAT Essay/ACT Writing Test.
Details regarding UC’s testing policy are provided on the UC admission website for future applications terms beyond 2022.
An important note for those considering sitting for an upcoming SAT/ACT for fall 2021 admission
UCLA recognizes that demand for SAT/ACT administrations this fall may be challenging due to COVID-related cancellations in recent months. In addition, we understand that there are real safety concerns about gathering to take a standardized test. If you have any of these concerns, we want to reiterate that submission of a test score is NOT required. As we stated above, no applicant will be disadvantaged in any way for not submitting an SAT or ACT score. Your safety is more important to us than a test score. All applications will be reviewed holistically, and testing has always been only one of many factors considered in our review process. We recognize that access, safety, and proper accommodations are huge factors in a student’s ability to take one of these exams. Optional means optional. We look forward to reading your application!
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.
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.
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.