List of approved course providers (see below): http://www.ucop.edu/a-gGuide/ag/online_course.html To see the list of approved courses, go to: https://doorways.ucop.edu/list/app/home;jsessionid=FB8EC8F47F063BDA78ECE5BD4ED96B64?execution=e1s1Select “High Schools, Programs, and Community Colleges”, then for “Type of Institution” select “Program” next, for “Institution Name:” enter the name of online provider. The approved list of a-g courses appears.Remember UC does not approve online lab science (subject area d)or visual and performing arts (subject area e).
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The University of California
Why Attend a UC? ―If you want to be educated in the heart of where knowledge is created- medical discoveries that cure diseases, inventions that revolutionize how cars are powered and food is grown, new technologies that push the boundaries of media and music- then UC is for you. On our campuses, you’ll learn from men and women famous for reshaping how the world works and thinks. The point of a UC education isn’t just to earn a degree; it’s to do something amazing with it.‖
The Universities They provideThe UC system consists of 10 research based institutions.exciting environments that foster world-class educational and researchopportunities and generate a wide range of benefits and services thattouch the lives of Californians every day. UC Berkeley (CAL) UC Los Angeles UC Davis (UCD) (UCLA) UC Merced (UCM) UC Riverside (UCR) UC Santa Cruz UC Irvine (UCI) (UCSC) UC Santa Barbara UC San Francisco (UCSB) (UCSF) UC San Diego
Freshman Admission Requirements Coursework • Complete any 11 UC-approved ―a-g‖ courses prior to senior year • Complete all 15-course ―a-g‖ subject pattern by the end of senior year • Courses must be completed with a grade of C or better Grade point average • Minimum 3.00 weighted GPA (for CA Residents) • Minimum 3.40 weighted GPA (for Non-CA Residents) • Based on ―a-g‖ courses completed in 10th and 11th grades, including summer courses Examinations • ACT with Writing or SAT Reasoning Test by December of senior year
Submitting Test ScoresShould a student submit their test scores to more than oneUC campus? Freshman applicants for fall 2012 must arrange to have official score reports sent to us by December 2011. If you report your scores to one campus, they will be shared with every campus to which you have applied.
Important Dates and Deadlines•October: Application opens for fall 2012 atwww.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply•Nov. 1-30: Filing period for fall 2012. Applications must be submitted by11:59 p.m. Nov. 30.•Jan. 1: Filing period opens for GPA Verification Form (required of Californiaresidents for Cal Grant consideration) and Free Application for FederalStudent Aid (www.fafsa.gov).•March 1-31: Notification of fall 2012 admission decisions•March 2: Deadline for applicants for all terms to submit FAFSA and GPAVerification Form•May 1: Deadline for fall 2012 admitted freshmen to submit the Statement ofIntent to Register to their chosen campus•July 1-31: Filing period for winter quarter/spring semester 2013. Seewww.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/how-to-apply/check-majors for
• U.S. History/Social Science- 2 Years One year World History, Cultures, or Geography A-G One year U.S History Ex: Modern World History, Race and Social Justice English-4 Years Composition and Literature Ask your counselor to sign you up for college preparatory English classes. Mathematics-3 Years (4 Recommended!) Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2 Consider taking: Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus and other Adv. Math Courses to make yourself more competitive.
Laboratory Science- 2 Years (3 Recommended!) Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Physics, Biology Language other than English- 2 Years (3 Recommended!) A-G MUST be in the SAME language! Can be waved if you pass the AP Exams or score high enough on SAT Subject test. Visual and Performing Arts - 1 Year * Drama, Dance, Theatre, Art History, Choir, Photography, Drawing, Art, Music Appreciation College Prep Electives - 1 Year* Earth Science, Journalism, Economics, Sociology, Psychology Political Science, Computer Science, Child Development, *Ask your counselor what courses are available that meet UC requirements.
Validating Occurs when student successfully completes an advanced course (C grade or higher) in area of sequential knowledge; student is presumed to have completed the lower-level coursework. Example: Spanish 2 is completed with a C grade; Spanish 1 is validated by Spanish 2. Can also be used to clear subject deficiency in which a grade of D or F was earned Example: Algebra 1 is completed with a D grade; Algebra II is completed with a C grade; Algebra I is validated by Algebra II Grade of D or F remains in the GPA calculation. Applies to courses in mathematics and languages other than English
Repeating Repeating a course occurs when a student earns a D or F grade and then a course with the same curriculum is taken to clear the grade. The new grade earned will be used in the GPA calculation. All “a-g” coursework (original and repeats) should be reported on the application.
What are the rules on repeating courses? A course in which a D/F is earned can be repeated with a course that has the same curriculum, even if the course title is not identical (e.g., Algebra 1 and Beginning Algebra). If a C or better is earned, the original D/F will not be included in the GPA calculation. Only the new grade will be used in the GPA calculation. A course in which a grade of C was earned cannot be repeated. There is no limit to the overall number of repeated courses an applicant may present, but each course can be repeated only once. Students must list all courses, including the original course, on their application.13
Tips for Using Online Courses to Satisfy RequirementsUC will honor online courses offered by other providers IF: • The high school principal certifies that the course is comparable to other college preparatory courses offered at the school site • Lists the course on the students transcript and includes the institution/provider through which the course was taken, the number of units, and the grade(s) receivedOnline courses in laboratory science and visual and performing arts do not satisfy UC requirements.Students must self-report all online courses on their application.
The Application ProcessHow Is My Application Reviewed?
Nine campuses. One application. The application fee is $60 for each UC campus to which you apply. You must include the fees with your application or it will not be processed. Report test results. Prepare personal statement. 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. File on time. (For High School Seniors) Ask for help. For More Info Visit: http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/
Application Checklist Transcripts You’ll need to enter courses and grades from all schools you have attended, including any collegeswhere you have taken courses. Don’t enter information from memory; misreporting your academic record can jeopardize your admission. If you took advanced math and/or a language other than English in middle school, you will need to tell us how many semesters you completed. Test scores These include your ACT with Writing and/or SAT scores and any Advanced Placement. Know the test dates for upcoming exams you plan to take. Annual income (optional) If your parents claim you as a dependent on their tax return, ask them for their annual pre- tax income for 2010 and 2011. Refer to tax records or pay stubs. Social Security number (if you have one)We use your Social Security number to verify your identity and match your application to your transcripts, test score reports and, if you apply for financial aid, your FAFSA. It will be kept confidential. Citizenship status You must enter your country of citizenship (or "No Selection"). If you select a country other than the United States, youll need to provide your immigration status and the type of visa you hold (e.g., F-1). Statewide Student ID (optional)Each K–12 student in California public schools is assigned an ID number. If it’s not printed on your high school transcript, obtain it from your school counselor or registrar. Credit card Youll need the account number, expiration date, cardholder’s name and billing address. (If
How Is My Application Reviewed? UC has been using comprehensive review since 2002. All 9 UC campuses use comprehensive review. Consists of 14 academic and personal factors Comprehensive review is the process used to evaluate an applicant for admission using multiple measures of achievement and promise within the context of educational opportunities and life experiences. This allows UC to go beyond grades and test scores and review each applicant fully based on everything in their application.
Comprehensive Review Factors Campuses draw from 14 academic and personal factors approved by University faculty, including: Grades and test scores and: Quality of senior year program Special talents, achievements & awards Promise for leadership Recent, marked improvement in academic performance Significant community service Participation in student government Intensive study and exploration of other cultures Full list of factors: www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/freshman/how-applications-reviewed/
How Is My Application Reviewed? Academic grade point average in all completed ―A-G" courses, including additional points for completed UC-certified honors courses. •Scores on the ACT With Writing or SAT Reasoning. Number of, content of and performance in academic courses beyond the minimum ―A- G" requirements.
How Is My Application Reviewed? Number of and performance in UC- approved honors and Advanced Placement courses. Identification by UC as being ranked in the top 9 percent of the your high school class at the end of your junior year (Eligible in the Local Context, or ELC). Quality of your senior-year program as measured by the type and number of academic courses in progress or planned. Quality of your academic performance relative to the educational opportunities available in your high school. Outstanding performance in one or more academic subject areas. Outstanding work in one or more special projects in any academic field of study.
How Is My Application Reviewed? Completion of special projects undertaken in the context of your high school curriculum or in conjunction with special school events, projects or programs. Academic accomplishments in light of your life experiences and special circumstances. Location of your secondary school and residence Recent, marked improvement in academic performance as demonstrated by academic GPA and the quality of coursework completed or in progress. Special talents, achievements and awards in a particular field, such as visual and performing arts, communication or athletic endeavors; special skills, such as demonstrated written and oral proficiency in other languages; special interests, such as intensive study and exploration of other cultures; experiences that demonstrate unusual promise for leadership, such as significant community service or significant participation in student government; or other significant experiences or
Personal Statement An opportunity for applicants to provide information that supports and enhances review process Adds clarity, richness and meaning to application and completes the application Enables applicant to make the best possible case for admission An admission decision is never based on the content of the personal statement alone
Personal Statement Prompts Applicants are asked to respond to two prompts: 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. 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? Word Count: 1,000 words total
The 4 Year College Process9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade• Plan Out 4 Year • Grades Matter! • Take on Academic • Continue to Class Schedule • Continue Challenges Succeed• Explore Involvement • Pursue • Apply to UC University of Extracurricular • Prepare for ACT Leadership • Apply for California Involvement and/or SAT Opportunities Scholarships • Explore • Take Exams Campuses • Tour Campuses
9th Grade • Refer to your high school’s •Plan Out 4 Year UC-approved “a-g” course list Class Schedule on the Doorways site: •Explore doorways.ucop.edu/list/ Extracurricular • Options for Satisfying A-G Involvement Chart • CSU-UC Comparison Chart • Online Classes • Community College Classes universityofcalifornia.edu/counselorconferences
10th Grade UC “a-g” GPA calculation:10th Grade •Approved “a-g” courses completed•Grades Matter! in grades 10 and 11 (including summers)•Continue Involvement • Additional grade points awarded for grades of C or better in approved•Prepare for ACT honors, AP, designated IB courses and/or SAT and transferable college courses•Explore Campuses • Points for UC-certified honors courses capped at 4 yearlong courses (8 semesters). No more than two yearlong courses (4 semesters) of honors credit may be applied to courses completed in 10th grade.
10th Grade Tools to Explore Campuses: 10th Grade •UC Campus websites •Grades Matter! •Zinch: www.zinch.com/ •Continue •College Board’s College Search: Involvement collegesearch.collegeboard.com/searc •Prepare for ACT h/index.jsp and/or SAT •Cappex: www.cappex.com/ •Explore Campuses •The Princeton Review’s School Search: www.princetonreview.com/schoolsear ch.aspx •CollegeWeekLive: www.collegeweeklive.com
11th Grade Test taking tips: 11th Grade •Read! •Take on Academic •Take practice tests early to know Challenges where you may need help •Pursue Leadership •Consider your other time Opportunities commitments when signing-up for tests •Take Exams •Re-take tests if necessary •Tour Campuses •UC accepts both ACT with Writing and the SAT Reasoning Test and will take your highest test score from a single test date
12th Grade •UC Application Fall filing period:12th Grade November 1–30•Continue to Succeed www.universityofcalifornia.edu/ apply•Apply to UC •Admissions notifications•Apply for (posted online): Scholarships March 1-30 •Students must opt-in to waitlists •Submit Statement of Intent to Register (SIR): by May 1 •Official high school and college records due: by July 15
Resources UC Admissions website: www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/ Comprehensive review: http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/freshman/how-applications- reviewed Admissions index: http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/freshman/california- residents/admissions-index/ ELC student and parent information: http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/freshman/california-residents/local- path/ Recommended Subject Tests: http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/freshman/requirements/examinatio n-requirement/SAT-subject-tests/ “a-g” Guide website for detailed information on online courses: www.ucop.edu/a-gGuide/ag/online_course.html Doorways “a-g” website: http://www.ucop.edu/doorways/