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Applying to the University of California system as a non-California resident

There are 9 undergraduate campuses and one graduate school campus (UC San Francisco) that form the University of California (UC) system.

For links to information specific to each campus, go to: http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/campuses/welcome.html

UC encourages students to apply broadly: each school makes its own admissions decisions. While you might not be admissible to some colleges, you may be accepted at others.

A few details about applying:

  • You must submit your application online between November 1 and November 30.
  • You may apply to as many UC undergraduate campuses as you like with just one application. Each of your chosen campuses will receive your application and accompanying materials, such as test scores and transcripts.
  • You do not need to submit any reference letters or transcripts with your application, but you do self-report predicted and completed grades.
  • You need to meet UC eligibility standards in terms of your high school courses (click here to check), the submission of scores from the SAT/ACT and 2 subject exams, and have a minimum 3.4 GPA (a high “B” average). Meeting the eligibility standards does not mean you will be admitted, but it does means you will be considered. Each UC college determines their own admissibility.
  • For SAT scores, they look at your best score in a single sitting (i.e., they do not pick the best score in each section from different sittings).
  • The Admissions offices are looking for great marks in your academic courses, but they also take into consideration many other criteria, listed here, some of which could be explored in your personal statement.
  • UC Santa Barbara has created a worksheet that guides you in creating your personal statement used for all UC applications. You are encouraged to consult this document for guidance.
  • If you are offered admission, it will be provisional. Your final transcripts will verify the information you self-report and the offer will be retracted if you do not meet the requirements or if your transcript does not match up with what you self-reported.

Please see your university counsellor if you have any questions. There are lots of great options among the UC system institutions!

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Alison McCallum
Alison McCallum is Head of University Counselling at SMUS and one of the Academic Advisors.

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