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Two Paths to Admission for California Residents

If you're a California resident applying to UC as a freshman and complete the UC Admission Requirements by the end of your senior year, the University of California offers two paths for admission to a UC campus: Statewide Context and Local Context.

Freshman Requirements  Freshman Timeline

Statewide Context

Through this pathway, the top 9 percent of graduating students in California according to the UC Admission Index qualify for admission to a UC campus. To be eligible, you must complete any 11 year-long UC-approved subject requirements before your senior year.

Local Context

Through this pathway, also referred to as Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC), the University of California provides admission to a UC campus for the top 9 percent of graduating students at each participating California high school. To be eligible, you must complete the following 11 year-long UC-approved subject requirements before your senior year:

Subject Requirement

A. History/social science = 1 year
B. English (or language of instruction) = 2 years
C. Mathematics = 2 years
D. Laboratory science = 1 year
E. Language other than English (or other second language) = 1 year

Other "A-G" courses = 4 years, chosen from the subjects listed above or another course approved by UC