UC and CSU Minimum Eligibility Requirements


UC and CSU Eligibility Requirements*

*(must earn a “C” grade or higher in ALL “A-G” subject courses)



A - History/Social Science -- 2 years

B - Language Arts -- 4 years

C - Math (Algebra I, II, and Geometry or Integrated Math I, II and III) -- 3 years, 4 years recommended

D - Lab Science (Physical, Life) -- 2 years, 3 years recommended

E- Foreign Language -- 2 years, 3 years recommended

F - Art Elective -- 1 year

G - College Prep Elective (From A-F course) -- 1 year

Keep in mind that taking approved high school ("a-g") courses isn't the only way to satisfy these requirements. You also may meet them by completing college courses or earning certain scores on SAT, Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams.
Visit UC A-G Guide (formerly UC Doorways)  to see Alhambra High School's A-G approved course list


CSU Eligibility Index

It is easy to understand the CSU admission requirements for California residents. Admission offices at the 23 campuses use three factors to determine eligibility.

Most applicants who are admitted meet the standards in each of the following areas:

Many CSU campuses have higher standards for particular majors or for students who live outside the local admission area.

Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC)

ELC (Eligibility in the Local Context) is one way for California freshmen to qualify for admission to UC. Under ELC, the top 12 percent of students in each participating California high school class are designated ELC based on coursework entered into the UC application and the 12 percent benchmark GPA UC has established for the school.


The Local Path page provides information for students and parents about how ELC is determined. The ELC website provides high schools with information about school eligibility, parent authorization, the programs calendar and data submission.

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