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Freshman Admission Requirements

Freshman applicants must earn a high school diploma (or equivalent) and satisfy the following UC admission requirements:
  • Subject Requirement 
  • Scholarship Requirement 
  • Examination Requirement 

Subject Requirement (courses you must take)

"A-G" courses

  • Must be completed with a C grade or better.
  • At least 11 of the 15 courses must be completed before your senior year of high school.
  • California residents: courses must be on your high school's UC-approved course list.
"A-G" Courses Years
A. History/social science 2
B. English (or language of instruction) 4
C. Mathematics 3 (4 recommended)
D. Laboratory science 2 (3 recommended)
E. Language other than English
   (or other second language)
2 (3 recommended)
F. Visual and performing arts 1
G. College preparatory elective 1

Scholarship Requirement (GPA you must earn)

  • California residents: You must earn a GPA of 3.0 or better with no grade lower than C. 
  • Non-California residents: You must earn a GPA of 3.4 or better with no grade lower than C.
GPA is based on "A-G" courses taken during 10th and 11th grades. See Subject Requirement for "A-G" course explanation.

Examination Requirement (test you must take)

You must submit scores from either:
  • ACT Plus Writing OR
  • SAT Reasoning Test with critical reading, math and writing; scores must be from same sitting
  • Recommended for engineering, biological or physical sciences majors:
    2 SAT Subject Tests closely related to your major.
  • All tests must be taken by December of the senior year.
  • Only your highest scores from a single sitting will be considered.
  • When you report your ACT or SAT scores to one campus they will be shared with every UC campus to which you've applied.
  • Official test scores must be reported no later than January for students applying for the fall term.
International Students
  • If your native language is not English and your secondary/high school education was in a country where English is not the language of instruction, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination (academic modules) and have the scores reported to the UC San Diego Office of Admissions.
Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate
  • If you complete Advanced Placement courses, we recommend that you complete the related AP examination to demonstrate subject mastery. Similarly, International Baccalaureate scores can be used to showcase academic mastery. To receive unit credit toward the baccalaureate degree, you must submit an official copy of your AP or IB scores directly from the testing agency. This can be done in the summer following high school graduation.

Homeschooled students

  • You must receive a high school diploma, or a General Education Diploma (GED), or a Certificate of Proficiency.
  • You must meet the Examination requirement listed on this page. 

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee admission. Students admitted to UC San Diego exceed UC admission requirements.


Freshmen applicants have not enrolled at an accredited college/university after graduation from high school.

UC Applicant Resources

UC Online Application Guide
Application opens October 1, 2013

California Students: "A-G" approved course list by school

Testing Websites