At the University of California, we understand that test scores are just one part of a student's application.
That's why we offer a test scores waiver for eligible applicants. In this article, we'll explain what the waiver is, who is eligible for it, and how to apply.
What is the University of California Test Scores Waiver?
The University of California Test Scores Waiver is a program that allows eligible students to apply for admission without submitting SAT or ACT scores.
This program recognizes that not all students have access to standardized testing, and that other factors, such as GPA and extracurricular activities, can be strong indicators of a student's potential for academic success.
Who is eligible for the waiver?
The waiver is available to students who meet certain criteria. These criteria may vary depending on the campus and the program to which you are applying.
In general, eligible students include those who:
- Attend high school in the United States
- Graduate from high school in the year of application or the previous year
- Complete the required coursework for the University of California with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Meet other requirements specific to the campus or program to which they are applying
It's important to note that not all programs at all campuses offer the test scores waiver.
You should check with the specific campus and program to which you are applying to determine if you are eligible.
How to apply for the waiver
If you believe you are eligible for the test scores waiver, you can indicate that on your UC application.
You'll be asked to provide information about your coursework, grades, and other academic achievements.
You may also be asked to provide additional information, such as letters of recommendation or essays.
Even if you are eligible for the waiver, it's important to remember that submitting test scores can still be beneficial to your application.
If you have taken the SAT or ACT and received strong scores, you may want to submit them to strengthen your application.
Why choose the University of California?
The University of California is a world-renowned institution of higher education, with nine campuses and more than 280,000 students.
Our faculty includes Nobel laureates, MacArthur Fellows, and members of the National Academy of Sciences, among other prestigious awards.
In addition to our academic excellence, we are committed to ensuring access and affordability for all students.
That's why we offer generous financial aid packages, including grants and scholarships, to help make a UC education more accessible.
If you're interested in applying to the University of California but are worried about your test scores, the test scores waiver may be a good option for you.
Remember to check with the specific campus and program to which you are applying to determine if you are eligible, and to provide as much information as possible on your application.
At the University of California, we believe that a student's potential can't be measured by test scores alone.
We look forward to considering all aspects of your application and welcoming you to our community of scholars.