• CSU and UC
      California State University

    www.csumentor.edu is the official site of the California State University application. Applications are accepted October 1st through November 30th of your senior year, for admission to the following Fall term. While the CSU application does not include an essay, care should be taken in completing the online application ensuring an error-free submission.

    Each CSU has an eligibility index defining the minimum GPA to SAT/ACT score requirements. The minimum GPA is a 2.0 in the A-G requirements at non-impacted campuses. Impacted means that there are more students applying to the university than can be accommodated. In order to ensure that capacity is not exceeded, more rigorous standards are applied to the freshmen applicant pool. This means that all freshmen applicants must anticipate meeting higher levels of competition than the minimum eligibility index required by the non-impacted campuses of the CSU. For Fall 2016 admission, sixteen of the 23 campuses are impacted; those non-impacted are Bakersfield, Channel Islands, Dominguez Hills, East Bay, Maritime Academy, and Stanislaus.


    University of California

    www.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply is the starting point for the UC application. Requirements for admission to the UC system include a 3.0 gpa or higher in the A-G requirements, SAT or ACT scores, and a personal statement that responds to two prompts in 1,000 words. While minimum requirements are set, admission data shows that nearly all students accepted to any University of California campus have over a 3.5 gpa in the A-Gs. The most qualified students have taken advanced math and science courses, beyond the minimums established in the A-Gs.

    The UC Personal Statement is part of the “comprehensive review” process admissions officers utilize in selecting who gets accepted. The Personal Statement is a student’s opportunity to differentiate herself from other applicants with similar grades and test scores.

    Prompt 1: Describe the world you come from – for example, your family, community or school – and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations.

    Prompt 2: Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person you are?

    The UC Davis Freshman Profile for Fall 2015 admission, showed the average student accepted had a 3.96-4.25 gpa, an ACT score of 26-32, and an SAT score 1770-2110. The chart below shows similar data for 2015 for all UC Campuses. ( Note: the SAT scores are based off of the old scoring system of 2400).

    UC CampusA-G gpaACT scoreSAT score
    Los Angeles4.11-4.3129-341940-2250
    San Diego4.03-4.2829-331910-2190
    Santa Barbara3.92-4.2427-321770-2110
    Santa Cruz3.70-4.1025-311670-1990
Last Modified on June 6, 2016