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UC & CSU Scholarship & Exam Requirements

UC & CSU "a-g" Subject Requirements

  CSU/UC Required UC Recommended
a. History/Social Sciences 2 years  
b. English 4 years  
c. Mathematics 3 years 4 years
Three years including Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. Math courses taken in grades 7 and 8 may be used to fulfill some of this requirement.
d. Laboratory Sciences 2 years 3 years
e. Foreign Language 2 years 3 years
f. Visual and Performing Arts 1 year  
Students must complete one year long (2 semester) course from UC approved VPA courses
g. College Prep. Electives 1 year  
One year, in addition to those required in "a-g" previous listed, chosen from the following areas: visual and performing arts, history, social science, English, advanced mathematics, laboratory science, and languages other than English. Also, Career Technical Education pathways have elective courses that are college prep electives to satisfy this requirement making a student career and college ready.


Please note there have been changes from the CSU and UC regarding the entrance exams. See what they are saying about the SAT/ACT College Admissions Testing on the links below:

Eligibility for admission is based on the grade point average in the "a-g" subject requirements and the scores on either the SAT examination given by the College Board or the ACT test given by the American College Testing Program. The CSU’s require the SAT or the ACT without writing. The UC’s require the SAT and the ACT with writing.

Go to: and for more information.

Grade Point Calculations
For both the UC and the CSU, the grade point average calculation will include only those grades earned in UC approved courses (courses followed by a P, H or AP) which are taken during the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades of high school.

Honors Points
The UC and the CSU will award honors points in calculating the GPA for up to eight semesters of UC-approved honors-level courses and AP courses taken in 11th and 12th grades, including up to two UC- approved honors courses and AP courses completed in the 10th grade. For additional information regarding potential academic honors, please refer to the Student/Parent Handbook.