The University of California (UC) is a public university system in the U.S. state of California. Under the California Master Plan for Higher Education, the University of California is a part of the state's three-tier public higher education system, which also includes the California State University system and the California Community Colleges system. As of October 2016, the University of California has a combined student body of 251,700 students, 21,200 faculty members, 144,000 staff members and over 1.86 million living alumni.

Its first campus, UC Berkeley, was founded in 1868, while its tenth and newest campus, UC Merced, opened for classes in fall 2005. Nine campuses enroll both undergraduate and graduate students; one campus, UCSF, enrolls only graduate and professional students in the medical and health sciences.

The University of California's campuses boast large numbers of distinguished faculty in almost every field and it is widely regarded as one of the top public university systems in the world. Eight of its undergraduate campuses are ranked among the top 100, six among the top 50, and two among the top 25 U.S. universities by U.S. News and World Report

UC Application (UC App.) Nine campuses, One application:

University of California has its own application system, and 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.

What you’ll need to apply:

  1. Transcripts. You don't need to submit your transcripts to UC at this point, but you must refer to them as you fill out the application to ensure the information you enter is accurate.
  2. Test scores. If you're a freshman or sophomore applicant, you'll have to include your scores from the ACT Plus Writing or the SAT Reasoning Test. (If you're applying for fall, be sure to complete these tests by December.) All applicants should report scores for any SAT Subject Tests, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, TOEFL or IELTS exams they have taken.
  3. Annual income for 2017 and 2018 (your parents' if you're a dependent; your income if you're independent.) This is optional unless you're applying for a fee waiver or for the Educational Opportunity Program.
  4. Social Security number, if you have one. We use this to match your application to things like your test score report, final transcript(s) and, if you're applying for financial aid, your Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  5. Citizenship status. You must enter your country of citizenship (or "No Selection"). If your country of citizenship is outside the United States, you'll need to provide your immigration status and your visa type.
  6. California Statewide Student ID (optional). Each K-12 student in California public schools is assigned an ID number. If it's not printed on your transcript, ask your counselor or registrar.
  7. Credit card. If you prefer to pay by check, you can mail your payment.

UC Campus:

  • Berkeley
  • Davis
  • Irvine
  • Los Angeles
  • Merced
  • Riverside
  • San Diego
  • Santa Barbara
  • Santa Cruz
  • San Francisco (Graduate Students and Health Professionals Only)

Enrolled Freshman Profile (Fall 2018)

Data from the universities' published figures

Campus Applicants Admit rate GPA ACT Composite ACT English Language Arts SAT Evidence
Based Reading & Writing
SAT Mathematics SAT Essay
UC Berkeley 89,614 14.9% 4.16-4.30 30-35 28-32 660-750 680-790 16-20
UC Davis 78,024 41.2% 3.97-4.25 26-33 24-31 600-700 620-780 15-18
UC Irvine 95,062 28.8% 4.00-4.26 26-33 24-31 600-710 630-780 15-18
UCLA 113,748 14.1% 4.16-4.31 31-35 29-32 670-750 690-790 16-20
UC Merced 25,136 66.9% 3.46-3.96 19-27 19-26 510-630 510-650 13-17
UC Riverside 49,079 50.9% 3.66-4.09 22-30 22-29 570-670 560-710 14-17
UC San Diego 97,899 30.2% 4.02-4.28 28-34 27-31 640-730 660-790 16-18
UC Santa Barbara 92,305 32.3% 4.00-4.26 28-34 26-31 630-720 640-780 15-18
UC Santa Cruz 56,634 47.7% 3.76-4.16 26-32 24-30 590-700 620-750 14-18

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