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College Admission Requirements for Freshmen Applicants

High School GPA

Calculate GPA using only "a-g" approved courses taken after the 9th grade: All "a-g" courses and grades must be reported. The UC or  CSU GPA used when determining admission only includes grades for classes in Grades 10 and 11. Remember, GPA calculation is different from a-g requirements.


What about senior year grades? You will have your registrar submit a final transcript at the end of senior year. Colleges reserve the right to revoke your acceptance if you earn any Ds or Fs senior year or if you have a significant drop in GPA. 

15 year long college-prep courses (credits/units) required with a grade of "C" or better from the approved "a-g" list. To compare UC and CSU, go here.

Honors Courses

  • Advanced Placement

  • International Baccalaureate (IB)

  • UC Certified-Honors Courses

  • College (A-G Transferable) Courses


The grades in these courses are assigned extra points: "A" = 5, "B" = 4, "C" = 3. You do not get an extra grade point for a "D" or "F" grade. To see which courses are approved for your school, go here

A maximum of 8 extra points are allowed for approved honors courses. A maximum of 2 of these units (two semesters) can be completed in the 10th grade.

Entrance Test Scores

ACT or SAT  Fee waivers are available for low-income students. Check with your high school counselor.

If you are testing, make sure your campus of choice receives an official copy of your test results directly from the ACT or the College Board after self-reporting on your college application.


In California: All UCs, CSUs, and Community Colleges: 

  • Do not require nor do they consider an SAT/ACT for admissions purposes. If SAT or ACT scores are submitted, they can be used for course placement purposes, but scores will have no bearing on admissions decisions.

Private/Indendent University: 

  • Varies by university. Check with your university of choice

Entrance Test Scores

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