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COVID19 Updates

The following information pertains to admitted or prospective students to the University of California.

Fall 2020 Freshman Admitted Students

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UC will temporarily suspend the letter grade requirement for A-G courses completed in winter/spring/summer 2020 for all students, including UC’s most recently admitted freshmen. 

The deadline to accept the offer of admission is May 1; campuses plan to provide maximum flexibility to students who request extensions and deferment of deposits. Individual campuses may consider extending a campus’ deadline beyond the systemwide date and will communicate this information directly with admitted students 

UC requests submission of final transcripts by July 1. If schools are unable or unsure about their ability to issue transcripts by this date, we request that they notify UC at AskUC@ucop.edu and include a date when transcripts are expected to be available. No rescission of student admissions offers will result from students or schools missing official final transcript deadlines. Ask your admissions office to email the UC if your transcript cannot arrive to the University registrar department by the due date.

The UC will continue to award UC credit consistent with previous years for 2020 AP exams completed with scores of 3, 4, or 5. 

Fall 2020 / Winter 2021 Transfer Students

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UC will temporarily suspend 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.

The deadline for transfer students to accept offers of admission to fall 2020 is June 1. Campuses will provide maximum flexibility to students who request extensions and deferment of deposits. 

Fall 2021 Prospective First-Time First-Year Students

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The temporary suspension of the letter grade requirement in A-G courses completed in winter/spring/summer 2020 extends to all students currently enrolled in high school who may apply to UC for admission to fall 2021, 2022 or 2023. 

For admission purposes, UC will continue to calculate a GPA using all A-G courses completed with letter grades in grades 10 and 11, including summer terms following grades 9, 10 and 11. Courses completed with Pass or Credit grades in winter/spring/summer 2020 will not be used in the GPA calculation but will meet A-G subject area requirements.

No student will be penalized in the campus admission review processes for earning Pass grades in A-G coursework during the winter/spring/summer 2020 terms.

The UC is suspending the standardized test requirement for students applying for fall 2021 freshman admission. 

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UC campuses will work with families over the summer to review their eligibility for financial aid and, where allowable, to adjust financial aid packages to reflect their new financial circumstances. Follow-up to students will be handled by email responses, or telephone calls or virtual meetings as needed. 

If you need to defer enrollment but want to retain your financial aid package, contact your University financial aid office. They will work with you to make sure you can remain financially able to attend college. 

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The University of California is making the SAT/ACT optional for students enrolling in the Fall of 2020 through the Fall of 2021. By 2025, the UoC will phase out the ACT/SAT application requirement.