Freshman Selection Process

Applicants are selected after extensive review of each applicant's academic achievement, personal accomplishments, and academic promise.  As set forth by the Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools and campus faculty on the UCI Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Relations with Schools, UCI uses a Comprehensive Review process.  Freshman applications are reviewed for completion of required college-preparatory coursework (A-G), required tests, demonstrated academic achievements, activities, talents, and skills, all in the context of a student's circumstances and experiences. We consider all information provided in the application, including the personal statement.  Most applications are read by two trained reviewers.

The following faculty-approved criteria are taken into consideration:

  • High school grade point average (GPA) in UC-required courses
  • Standardized test scores
  • Number of, content of and performance in academic courses completed beyond the University's minimum eligibility requirements
  • Number of, and performance in honors and AP courses
  • Being identified as "eligible in the local context" by ranking in the top nine percent of the high school class, as determined by the University's academic criteria
  • Quality of the senior year program, as measured by the type and number of academic courses in progress or planned
  • Quality of academic performance relative to educational opportunities available at the applicant's school
  • Outstanding performance in one or more academic subject areas
  • Outstanding work on one or more special projects in any academic field
  • Recent marked improvement in academic performance
  • Special talents, achievements, and awards in a particular field, or experiences that demonstrate unusual promise for leadership or ability to contribute to the intellectual vitality of the campus
  • Completion of special projects that offer significant evidence of an applicant's special effort and determination or that may indicate special suitability to an academic program on a specific campus
  • Academic accomplishments in light of an applicant's experiences and circumstances, such as disabilities, low family income, first generation to attend college, need to work, disadvantaged social or educational environment, difficult personal and family situations or circumstances, refugee status or veteran status
  • Location of the applicant's secondary school and residence, to provide for geographic diversity in the student population and to account for the wide variety of educational environments existing in California