University of California Admission Information – 2018


  1. Freshman admission profiles by campus
    1. snapshot of the admitted freshman class for fall 2018
    2. PDF file with details for each campus
  2. UC student data (UCOP)
    1. for Fall 2018 with applications and admissions data (PDF files)
  3. Admissions by source school
    1. By year, UC campus, and high school
  4. Freshman fall admissions summary
    1. 1994 to 2017 with different views
  5. Freshman Admission Rates by Campus and Residency for 2015 to 2017 (PDF)
  6. Student Profile / Statistic
    1. UC Berkeley Student Profile
    2. UCLA Undergraduate Admission Statistics


  1. Ultimate Guide to the University of California Schools – include student reviews on pros & cons
    1. 1st tier: UC Berkeley and UCLA
    2. 2nd tier: UCSB, UCSD, UC Davis, and UC Irvine
    3. 3rd tier: UC Santa Cruz and UC Riverside
    4. 4th tier: UC Merced
      School Number of Undergraduates Middle 50% SAT Score  Middle 50% ACT Score Acceptance Rate
      UC Berkeley 30,574 1290-1480 30-34 18.3%
      UCLA 30,873 1280-1500 30-34 16.1%
      UC San Diego 26,590 1250-1470 29-34 34.1%
      UC Santa Barbara 20,607 1210-1450 28-33 32.8%
      UC Davis 29,546 1190-1430 26-32 43.6%
      UC Irvine 27,331 1190-1420 26-32 36.6%
      UC Santa Cruz 16,328 1170-1380 26-31 51.4%
      UC Riverside 19,799 1090-1310 23-30 57.4%
      UC Merced 7,375 1020-1230 20-27 70.0%
      School US News Ranking Forbes Ranking
      1. UC Berkeley 21 29
      2. UCLA 21 48
      3. UCSB 37 83
      4. UCSD 42 93
      5. UC Davis 46 102
      6. UC Irvine 42 106
      7. UC Santa Cruz 81 210
      8. UC Riverside 124 259
      9. UC Merced 165 unranked
  2. UC & CSU Admissions Data – Fall 2017 (Washington High School)
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    Berkeley 17.2% 14,624


    61.7% 4.22 1385 32
    Davis 43.6% 30,945


    59.7% 4.1 1310 29
    Irvine 36.6% 31,103


    67.7 4.12 1305 29
    Los Angeles 16.1% 16,494


    56.3% 4.22 1390 32
    Merced 70%  15,804
    94.3% 3.66 1125 23
    Riverside 57.4%  25,062
    88.2% 3.82 1200 26
    San Diego 34.1%  30,204
    61.3% 4.16 1360 31
    Santa Barbara 32.8% 26,879


    69% 4.1 1330 30
    Santa Cruz 51.4%  27,216
    70.8% 3.91 1275 28
    California State University Admit Rate Admits Applicants California Residency Average GPA(weighted) Average SAT

    (Math & Reading)

    Average ACT
    Bakersfield  93% 5,400


    99%  3.2 905 19
    Cal  Maritime 85% 223
     78% 3.3  N/A N/A
    Cal Poly

    San Luis


    31% 14,651
    N/A 3.92 1239 28
    Cal Poly Pomona 39% 13,307
    98% 3.49 1062 24
    Channel Islands 74% 7,613


    N/A 3.22 925 20
    Chico 65% 14,441
     99% 3.33 1000 21
    Dominguez Hills 58% 2,672
    N/A 3.13 851 17
    East Bay 74% 10,938


    98% 3.1 901 19
    Fresno 52% 10,404
    99% 3.33 900  19
    Fullerton 42% 17,515
    99% 3.56 997 22
    Humboldt 75% 9,765
    93% 3.26 992 22
    Long Beach 36% 20,326
    99% 3.5 1033 22
    Los Angeles 64% 22,567
    N/A 3.18 880 17
    Monterey 49%  7,576


    98% 3.32 977 20
    Northridge 45% 15,687
    99% 3.2 920 19
    Sacramento 67% 15,377
    99% 3.3 949  20
    San Bernardino 65% 8,916
      94% 3.21 893 N/A
    San Diego 34% 20,238
    87% 3.69 1113 25
    San Francisco 68% 23,841
    99% 3.23 997  21
    San Jose 68% 16,890
    98% 3.4 1040 23
    San Marcos 85% 9,102


    99% 3.19 N/A N/A
    Sonoma 55% 16,890


    N/A 3.2 N/A N/A
    Stanislaus 67% 4,665
    99% 3.36 938 19
  3. College Corner: Statistics nuts, rejoice! UC admissions by the numbers
  4. UC acceptance rates are shockingly low (March 29, 2018)
    1. acceptance rate (1997, 2007 & 2017) for each of the UC campus
    2. UC Merced, UC Riverside and UC Santa Cruz, still accepted over 50 percent of applicants in 2017
    3. A very noticeable jump is the 13-fold increase in international students‘ applications, and their rate of acceptance has soared as well. In 1997, 2,019 international students applied to be freshmen at UC schools and 798 (39.5 percent) were accepted. In 2017, 27,193 applied and 18,067 (66.4 percent) were accepted.
  5. State’s public colleges chasing out-of-state students, tuition (July 9, 2016)
    1. The UC system relied on state money for almost a quarter of its budget as recently as 2002 but that figure is 9 percent in 2016, after $1 billion in cuts.
    2. According to the College Board, the average cost of attending a four-year public university, including room and board, increased from $11,655 in 2000 to $19,548 in 2015, in inflation-adjusted dollars.
    3. In California, nonresident enrollment has been about 15.5 percent on UC campuses overall, but as high as 29 percent at the marquee campus, Berkeley.
    4. University of Alabama, where the student body of 37,000 is more than 50 percent nonresident
    5. Of the out-of-state undergraduates at Alabama’s Tuscaloosa campus, more than 3,000 receive merit aid in the form of free or discounted tuition — an average of $19,000 per student. In 2015, the university gave $100 million in merit aid.
  6. California Community College new enrollments at UC
  7. Transfers by Major
  8. Admissions by source school
  9. Undergraduate Graduation Rates

CSU & UC Application Information

California State University and/or University of California system application:

  • CSU and UC applications do NOT require letters of recommendation
  • they do not require that you send a copy of your transcript at application time
  • UC applications DO require the personal statement and students should begin this early

Application Dates:

CSU’s are October 1st to November 30th at Do not wait to apply! Be sure to meet this deadline; almost ALL campuses will not accept applications for fall 2011 enrollment  after Nov. 30!! Apply early for the best chance, especially at impacted campuses or campuses with impacted majors. Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo continues to be impacted in all majors.

Not sure which CSU campuses to apply to?  Go to and read about each campus.  Use their campus match finder to see which campuses might be right for you!

There are 16 “impacted CSU campuses” which means that the minimum “eligibility index” for those campuses might be higher for out of area applicants (not local*) and the actual index will not be defined until this year’s applications are received at those campuses.  The minimum eligibility index for CSU systemwide is 2900.   DVHS students are “*local” for two CSU campuses:  San Francisco State and Cal State East Bay.  This means that DVHS students who meet the minimum eligibility index (2900) and apply to those campuses will be admitted.  See for more detailed information on eligibility index calculation and impaction.

To send SAT scores to CSU campuses, list CSU mentor as a score recipient – code 3594 – and score will go to all CSU.

UC’s are November 1st to 30th at The UC application went online, Oct. 1 but cannot be submitted until Nov. 1.

Be sure to use the guides that pop-up while you are entering your information into the on line application.  They provide helpful clarification of the application process!  Be sure to check the box indicating that the UC’s can share information. If you check that box, then the UC’s may share your SAT/SAT Subject test scores (i.e. you only have to pay College Board for your scores to be sent to ONE UC campus.)  Note for ACT,  you must send scores to EACH campus where applying.

The UC application requires two personal statements.  Start those NOW!  go to to view a very helpful video regarding writing the personal statements.

Remember that although there is one UC application, each campus must be designated, and an application fee of $60 per campus is required.

Remember to keep a record of your application ID and a summary of your application for reference. Check your e-mail frequently after applications are sent. Colleges will communicate via e-mail if they require further information, clarification, or a missing piece of the application process.

The CSU and UC application includes a self-reported transcript. Students must report all coursework and grades, including foreign language and algebra taken in middle school, on the application.

Analysis of SRVHS 2010 Senior Class Post Graduation Plans Data

For students who are thinking about attending a 4-year college, we are aware that this can be a time of great uncertainty as words of enrollment cut-backs and fee increases are showing up often in the media.  Looking at the enrollment data from the graduating class of 2010, we’re encouraged to see that our seniors will be journeying to all parts of the country to continue their educations. The economic uncertainty has become a catalyst for these students, challenging them to rethink what’s available in a broader geographic sense and to explore colleges they might not have otherwise considered. Statistics from the 2010 Senior Class Post Graduation Plans indicate the following changes.
·         Most noticeably, we see a 10% increase in seniors choosing out-of-state schools. Many are opting for public universities that are offering good scholarships or the Western Undergraduate Exchange (see article on p. 4 for more info). Some of this year’s most popular out-of-state campuses have a cost of attendance lower than that of those in the California public systems, yet still maintain that old-fashion college/community spirit that some of our CA campuses have lost, due to athletic budget cuts and the large undergrad populations.
·         Enrollment in CA community colleges, which we expected to rise sharply – did not rise, but in fact dropped 6% below last year’s community college enrollment. Of the 27% of our seniors who have chosen to start their post high school educations at two year colleges, journeying around the state seems to be popular, as students have enrolled at 15 different campuses.
·         CSU enrollment dropped by 9% compared to last year’s stats, with just 18% of our seniors choosing the CSU system. While Cal Poly SLO still tops the CSU chart, and actually adding twice as many seniors as last year, we are seeing more who’ve chosen San Diego State than in past years. As students were required to declare a major at SDSU this year, due to heavy program impaction, we hadn’t expected such an increase in admittance or enrollment. Sacramento State is also attracting more students than in past years. Enrollment numbers at Chico State, SFSU, San Jose State and Sonoma State decreased markedly.
·         The UC system held steady with the same percentage (18%) of SRV seniors choosing the UC option, but we see the largest increase in the Davis enrollments balancing a similar decrease in those choosing the Santa Barbara campus.

·         CA Independent (private college) enrollments increased to 7% from last year’s low enrollment of only 3%. Many private colleges are marketing their ability to get students out of college within the traditional 4-years timeframe – a prime cost consideration, and their ability to offer generous merit scholarships for academically competitive students has been evident.

Source: San Ramon Valley High School Career Center web page

All You Want to Know About SAT / ACT TESTS

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General Facts

  • Most colleges accept either the SAT’s or the ACT’s.
  • Juniors typically begin taking SAT’s or ACT’s during the second semester of their junior year.
  • Students applying to the UC system and planning to take the ACT must sign up for the ACT with Writing because, unlike the SAT, students have a choice of taking it with or without Writing. The UC system includes the Writing test in their student application review process.
  • Tests can be taken more than once.
  • The UC and CSU systems will use the highest scores from either the ACT or SAT.
  • There are strategies involved when taking these tests that students should explore, either with a prep class, resource book or on-line.
  • Each testing company also offers free preparation booklets with sample questions and test content.
  • The UC’s will accept college admission tests taken through December of the senior year.
  • This is also true for the CSU system with the exception of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and San Diego State, who want them completed by October or November of the senior year.
  • Students should check the testing requirements for private and out-of-state schools, as they may differ from the UC or CSU systems.


  • Second semester SAT dates are in January, March, May and June.
  • SAT Reasoning test includes Critical Reading, Math and Writing.


  • Second semester dates are in February, April and June.
  • ACT Assessment differs because it includes four sections: English, Math, Reading and Science Reasoning.

SAT Subject Tests

  • UC’s and many private schools also require SAT subject tests.
  • The UC’s require two subject tests in two different subject areas. The subject areas include history, literature, math, science and language.
  • Students should take the subject tests in May or June when they have almost completed a school year of the subject.
  • For example, students enrolled in AP US History who are preparing for the May AP test will find they are well prepared for the May or June US History subject test. The same goes for AP Biology, Chemistry, and Math, etc.
  • If a student chooses to take Math as one of the two subject tests, the UC system wants Math Level 2.
  • For the Chemistry test, students should at least have taken Honors Chemistry, as it is a “time intensive and difficult” test.
  • If Language is used as one of the subject test, the Language with listening for native, fluent speakers is only given in November. Language without listening is given during the other test dates.
  • AP European History does not necessarily prepare students for the World History subject test, because the subject test focuses on non-European cultures.
  • The UC’s will use the two highest subject test scores in their admission reviews.
  • The subject tests take one hour, and students can take up to three on a single test date, although that’s pretty tiring.
  • The CSU system does not require the subject tests.

Source: Mary Church, DVHS Career Center,

Last Updated: October 27, 2008
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Higher Education in California

Higher education is education that is provided by universities, vocational universities, community colleges, liberal arts colleges, technical colleges, and other collegial institutions that award academic degrees, such as career colleges.

The higher education in California consists of:



The UC system has 10 major campuses located in Berkeley, Los Angeles, San Diego, Davis, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, Irvine, Riverside, Merced and San Francisco. The UC system is intended to accept students from the top 12.5% of college-bound students, and provide most graduate studies and research. It has a combined student body of more than 191,000 students.

California State University


The CSU system is composed of 23 campuses and has over 450,000 students supported by 47,000 faculty members and staff. It is intended to accept the top one-third (1/3) of high school students.



The California Community Colleges System (CCCS) consists of 110 community colleges in 72 community college districts serving more than 2.5 million students.



Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU)

Last Updated: October 27, 2008
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