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UC/CSU Application Information

 

 

 UC Application

Dates and deadlines:

  • Application opens August 1st - For Fall 2021

  • November 30th - UC Application Deadline!

  • March 1st - Notification of Fall 2021 admission decisions begins

  • May 1st - Deadline for admitted freshmen to submit Statement of Intent to Register (SIR)

 

Admission Requirements:

  • Complete 15 UC-required college-preparatory ("a-g") courses, with 11 of those done by the end of 11th grade

  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better (weighted by honors/AP bonus points) in these courses

  • Take the SAT with Essay with Writing or ACT (optional for Fall 2021). 

    • SAT Subject Tests are now optional. However, certain majors might require Subject exams.

  • Submit your responses to 4 "personal insight questions"

 

How to Apply:

  • Go to https://admissions.universityofcalifornia.edu to make an account

  • Ask your counselor for a copy of your transcripts, you will be required to enter information about your A-G coursework

  • Respond to the personal insight questions on a word processor and copy and paste the responses to the application

 

Tips:

  • List all of the High Schools and Colleges that you have attended (including middle school grades if you have received High School credit for classes taken at your middle school)

  • If an A-G class that you took is not found on the course list you can manually enter the course by clicking the "ADD ANOTHER COURSE" button at the bottom of the page

  • Enter all of the A-G courses you have completed and that appear on your transcript. This includes courses that you have repeated. The higher grade will be used to calculate your UC GPA.

  • Certain classes like Stage Tech and Economics will be under the "G - Electives Section" 

 

 

 

 

 CSU Application

 

Dates and deadlines:

  • October 1st - Application opens for applicants for Fall 2021

    • Do not create an account before October 1st!

  • November 30th - Application Deadline!

  • March 1st - Notifications for 2021 Admission decisions begins

  • May 1st - Deadline to submit Statement of Intent to Register (SIR)

 

Admission Requirements:

  • Meet the Eligibility Index, minimum requirements (see the Eligibility Index section for more information)

  • Complete 15 UC-required college-preparatory ("a-g") courses

  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better (weighted by honors/AP bonus points) in these courses

  • Take the SAT with Essay with Writing or ACT (optional for Fall 2021).

 

Eligibility Index:

  • The Eligibility Index Table shows the combination of test scores and grade point averages required to meet minimum eligibility requirements - Link

  • You can calculate your eligibility index by multiplying your (GPA) by 800 and adding your combined score on the SAT/ACT, using the combined scores earned on the critical reading and math sections. 

    • Eligibility Index Minimum using the SAT= 2900

      • To determine the minimum SAT score needed to apply based on your GPA : 2900 - (GPA x 800)

    • Eligibility Index Minimum using the ACT = 694

    • To determine the minimum ACT score needed to apply based on your GPA :  (694- (GPA x 200) )/10

  • The CSU does not use the SAT Writing section or the ACT Writing score to calculate the CSU Eligibility Index

 

How to Apply:

  •  Go to the CSU site to make CSU Apply Go to the and account

  • Click on the light blue box on the right, since you will be applying for the Fall 2021 application cycle

  • Ask your counselor for a copy of your transcripts, you will be required to enter information about your A-G coursework

 

Tips:

  • List all of the High Schools and Colleges that you have attended (including middle school classes if you have received High School credit for classes taken at your middle school)

  • If an A-G class that you took is not found on the course list you can manually enter the course by clicking the "ADD ANOTHER COURSE" button at the bottom of the page

  • Certain classes like Stage Tech 3 and Economics will be under the "G - Electives Section"  

 

CSU Apply Guide

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Undocumented Students - Tips for filling out applications

Application fee waivers

 

You can apply for a fee waiver within the online application and be notified immediately whether you have qualified. You will get the option of applying for a fee waiver based on how you fill out these questions:

  • Citizenship status:

  • California residency

  • Your family's income and the number of people supported by that income

 

Social security number

  • If you have a valid Social Security Number (SSN) — for instance, because of immigration proceedings — enter that on the application.

  • If you have an SSN for work purposes (usually through DACA), use that where the application asks for an SSN.

  • If you don’t have a valid SSN or SSN for work purposes, but do have an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), use the ITIN in place of an SSN on the application.

  • If you don’t have a valid SSN, SSN for work purposes, or ITIN, leave this item blank.

Make sure that the number you use on this item in the application is the same as the SSN or ITIN you enter on your Cal Dream Act Application.

 

Country of citizenship

 

As an undocumented student, you have the option to choose “No Selection.” This option is considered a valid response and we recommend this choice for undocumented applicants, including those with DACA status. By choosing “No Selection,” you’ll avoid being asked other questions about permanent residency and visa status that are not applicable to you.

 

California residency

 

You’ll be asked the following questions to determine if you are a California resident for admissions purposes:

  • Have you attended a California high school for three or more years and will graduate or have graduated from a California high school?

  • How long have you lived in California?

  • Is your parent or legal guardian a legal permanent resident of California? [if you’re under 18]

  • Is your parent, legal guardian, spouse or registered domestic partner an employee of UC or a UC-affiliated national laboratory?

 

If you’re considered a California resident for admissions purposes, you may be eligible for our application fee waiver and you’ll be considered for admission using the 3.0 minimum GPA (rather than the 3.4 GPA for nonresident applicants).

 

Parent citizenship information

 

When you submit your application, you'll be asked questions about your parents’ citizenship status. For example:

  • Is your parent a U.S. citizen? Has your parent been physically present in CA for the last 3 years? 

  • You don’t have to answer these questions, but if you do, we encourage you to answer them truthfully — any information you provide will not affect your admission decision. This information is used only to help UC determine residency.

 

For more information check out the UC Undocumented Student Resource Page

For assistance please contact:

Mr. Orozco, 12th Grade Counselor

manuel.orozco@lausd.net

(323) 276-5413