The University of California system currently has 9 UC campuses open to undergraduates. Requirements include completing a minimum of 15 college-preparatory courses (a-g courses), with at least 11 finished prior to the beginning of your senior year. You must earn a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (3.4 if you're a nonresident) in these courses with no grade lower than a C.
Application available: August 1
Application submission: November 1
Application deadline: November 30
If you're in the top 9 percent of California high school graduates and aren't admitted to any of the UC campuses you apply to, you'll be offered a spot at another campus if space is available. A formula, called an admissions index, is used to determine if you fall in that group.