University of California
Freshman Admission Requirements
UCLA receives applications from far more students than it can admit. To gain admission to UCLA, you need to present an academic profile much stronger than represented by the minimum UC admission requirements below. The Freshman Profile gives some idea of what the academics of competitive applicants look like.
The "a–g" subject requirements represent the 15 minimum academic preparatory courses that freshman applicants must have to be meet University of California admission requirements. Applicants must complete 11 of the 15 "a–g" requirements by the end of their junior year. For more information on these requirements, please visit the UC a-g interactive website. The University of California also maintains a list of certified "a-g" courses for high schools in California.
(a): History/Social Science
2 years required - Two years of history/social science including one year of world history, cultures, and geography; and or one year U.S. history or one half year U.S. history and one half year of civics or American government.
4 years required - Four years of college preparatory English that include the reading of classic and modern literature and frequent and regular writing. No more than one year of ESL-type courses can be used to meet this requirement.
3 years required, 4 years recommended - Three years of college-preparatory mathematics that include the topics covered in elementary and advanced algebra, and one year-long course in geometry that includes two and three-dimensional geometry. Approved integrated math courses may be used to fulfill part or all of this requirement, as may math courses taken in the seventh and eighth grades that your high school accepts as equivalent to its own math courses.
(d): Laboratory Science
2 years required, 3 years recommended - fundamental knowledge in at least two of these three foundational subjects: biology, chemistry, and physics. Advanced laboratory science courses that have biology, chemistry, or physics as prerequisites and offer substantial new material may be used to fulfill this requirement. The last two years of an approved three-year integrated science program that provides rigorous coverage of at least two of the three foundational subjects may be used to fulfill this requirement.
(e): Language other than English
2 years required, 3 years recommended - Two years of the same language other than English. Courses should emphasize speaking and understanding and include instruction in grammar, vocabulary, reading, composition, and culture. Courses in languages other English taken in the seventh and eighth grades may be used to fulfill part of this requirement if your high school accepts them as equivalent to its own courses.
(f): Visual and Performing Arts (VPA)
1 year required - A single year-long approved arts course from a single VPA discipline: dance, drama/theater, music, or visual art.
(g): College Preparatory Electives
1 year required - One year (two semesters), in addition to those required in "a-f" above, chosen from the following areas: visual and performing arts (non-introductory-level courses), history, social science, English, advanced mathematics, laboratory science, and a language other than English (a third year in the language used for the "e" requirement or two years of another language).
For additional information regarding the University of California a-g subject requirements, please visit the UC's Doorways website.
Applicants must submit scores on an approved core test of mathematics, language arts, and writing. This requirement can be satisfied by taking the following:
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- The SAT
Note: The SAT exam changed significantly as of March, 2016. Applicants may submit scores from either or both the old and new SAT, however those who take the new SAT must complete the essay section for UCLA (or any University of California campus) to recognize the exam. We will accept scores from either the old or new SAT for all freshman applicants who graduate from high school prior to 2020; applicants who graduate in 2020 or later must take the new SAT.
Note: for each test above, we will use the sitting with the overall highest composite score; we do not combine test scores from multiple sittings.
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Take these tests as early as possible, and have your test scores sent directly to UCLA. December of the year prior to the fall you intend to enter UCLA is the latest you can take any test in time for scores to be used for our selection process.
The Scholarship Requirement defines the minimum grade point average (GPA) in the "a-g" subjects to meet University of California admission requirements. The minimum GPA for California applicants is 3.0. It's 3.4 for nonresidents.
Frequently asked questions
Are classical languages, such as Latin or Greek, suitable to fulfill the “e” subject requirement? Can American Sign Language be used to satisfy the LOTE requirement?
Yes, classical languages are acceptable to fulfill the language other than English (LOTE) requirement.
American Sign Language (ASL) is a natural language and can be also used to fulfill the “e” subject requirement, but signing English is not acceptable and will not satisfy the requirement.
Some students began coursework in a language other than English in middle school. Will these courses count toward fulfilling the “e” subject requirement?
Language other than English courses completed in the seventh and/or eighth grades with a grade of C or higher can be used to fulfill the "e” subject requirement. Students are not required to repeat these courses once they have entered high school. Students will list these courses in the “Seventh / Eighth Grade Course” section on the UC application. They are not required to submit a middle school transcript, however it is preferable that the courses be listed on the high school transcript.
Because the student has already satisfied one or both years of the two-year requirement, they are not required to complete two additional LOTE courses in high school. However, the University recommends students to continue with their language other than English through the third level.
Can higher-level LOTE courses validate a grade of D or F earned in a lower-level course? Can higher-level LOTE courses validate the omission of a lower-level course?
Completion of higher-level language other than English coursework with a grade of C or higher validates D or F grades earned in lower-level courses or when a lower-level course is skipped over. A complete description and matrix of the LOTE validation rules is available in UC’s Quick Reference for Counselors.
Using a higher-level LOTE course to validate a grade of D or F earned in a lower-level course will not replace the D or F grade calculated into the UC GPA. Only if the exact course or semester in which the D or F grade earned was repeated would the repeated grade replace the original deficient grade in the UC GPA.
A student earned a grade of C or better in the second semester of a language other than English course, but earned a D grade in the first semester. Can the second semester grade validate the D grade?
The language other than English (“e”) subject area is one of two subject areas where a grade of C or better earned in the second semester of the course can validate a grade of D or F received in the first semester. This validation rule pertains to all levels of LOTE courses.
Using a second-semester grade of C or better to validate a D or F grade earned in the first semester will not replace the deficient grade calculated into the UC GPA. Only if the first semester of the course is repeated would the repeated grade replace the original D or F in the UC GPA.
A student completed his first two years of high school in a foreign country. Which of their courses can be used to satisfy the "e" subject requirement?
The "e" subject requirement can also be referred to as the Non-Language of Instruction subject requirement. In high schools where the language of instruction is not in English, language and composition courses in English can count toward the “e” subject requirement. If a student completed two years of English coursework at their international high school, then the student has fulfilled the LOTE ("e") subject requirement.
For more information on how students with international or mixed records can satisfy the "a-g" subject requirements, please refer to the Quick Reference for Counselors [PDF] (pages 12 & 13).