Admission Requirements for California's Public Universities Text Updated: 12/6/2013

University of California
Admission requirements for the University of California (UC) follow guidelines set forth in the Master Plan, which requires that the top one-eighth of the state’s high school graduates, as well as those transfer students who have successfully completed specified college course work, be eligible for admission to the UC. These requirements are designed to ensure that all eligible students are adequately prepared for University-level work.
For general admissions requirements, please visit the UC Admissions Information Web page at

California State University
Eligibility for admission to the California State University (CSU) is determined by three factors:
• Specific high school courses
• Grades in specified courses and test scores
• Graduation from high school
Some campuses have higher standards for particular majors or students who live outside the local campus area. Because of the number of students who apply, a few campuses have higher standards (supplementary admission criteria) for all applicants. Most CSU campuses have local admission guarantee policies for students who graduate or transfer from high schools and colleges that are historically served by a CSU campus in that region. For admission, application, and fee information see the CSU Web page at