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UC System Significantly Eases Admissions Requirements For Fall

The University of California Los Angeles celebrates its centennial in 2019. Andrew Cullen for LAist
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The University of California announced today that it will temporarily relax undergraduate admissions requirements for students seeking to enroll in the 10-campus system for fall 2020.

In a press release, the university noted that many schools have shifted to remote instruction in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and have replaced the letter grades usually required for admission to either “pass/fail” or “credit/no credit” grading. Also, standardized tests like the ACT or SAT have largely been cancelled as high schools have remain closed.

In response, the UC Board Regents has approved several changes to the admissions requirements.

  • Suspending the letter grade requirement for A-G courses completed in winter/spring/summer 2020 for all students, including UC’s most recently admitted freshmen. A-G courses include history/social science, English, math, science, languages other than English, visual and performing arts courses, and college-prep electives.
  • Suspending the standardized test requirement for students applying for fall 2021 freshman admission.
  • Not rescinding student admissions offers because of missed transcript deadlines.
  • For transfer students, temporarily suspending the cap on the number of transferable units with “pass/no pass” grading applied toward the minimum 60 semester/90 quarter units required for junior standing.
University of California President Janet Napolitano said in a statement:
“The COVID-19 outbreak is a disaster of historic proportions disrupting every aspect of our lives, including education for high school students, among others. The University’s flexibility at this crucial time will ensure prospective students aiming for UC get a full and fair shot — no matter their current challenges.”

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