CSU/UC Information

A-G Coursework

To meet minimum eligibility requirements for freshman admission to the California State University and/or the University of California, students are required to complete a minimum of 15 college-preparatory courses (known as the "a-g" courses) with a grade of "C-" or higher. These courses are:

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY (CSU)

a. History/Social Science: 2 years of history/social science, including 1 year of U.S. history or 1 semester of U.S. history and 1 semester of American government, AND 1 year of history/social science from either the "a" or "g" subject area
b. English: 4 years of college-preparatory English composition/literature (including no more than 1 year of Advanced ESL/ELD)
c. Mathematics: 3 years of mathematics, including successful completion of Math III or Algebra II or the equivalent; 4 years are recommended
d. Laboratory Science: At least 1 year of physical science and 1 year of biological science
e. Language Other Than English: 2 years, or the equivalent to the 2nd level high school course of the same language (American Sign Language is accepted)
f. Visual and Performing Arts: 1 yearlong course in visual and performing arts, or 2 one semester courses in the same discipline (Dance, Music, Theater/Drama, or Visual Arts)
g. College Preparatory Elective: 1 year of an elective chosen from any area on approved "a-g" course list

Minimum GPA in "a-g" courses: 2.0

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA (UC)

a. History/Social Science: 2 years of history/social science, including 1 year of U.S. history or 1 semester of U.S. history and 1 semester of American government, AND 1 year of world history, cultures, and geography from the "a" subject area
b. English: 4 years of college-preparatory English composition/literature (including no more than 1 year of Advanced ESL/ELD)
c. Mathematics: 3 years of mathematics, including successful completion of Math III or Algebra II or the equivalent; 4 years are recommended (must include a geometry course)
d. Laboratory Science: 2 years including at least 2 from biology, chemistry, and physics; 3 years are recommended
e. Language Other Than English: 2 years, or the equivalent to the 2nd level high school course of the same language (American Sign Language is accepted); 3 years are recommended
f. Visual and Performing Arts: 1 yearlong course in visual and performing arts, or 2 one semester courses in the same discipline (Dance, Music, Theater/Drama, or Visual Arts)
g. College Preparatory Elective: 1 year of an elective chosen from any area on approved "a-g" course list

Minimum GPA in "a-g" courses: 3.0

 

Students should work with their counselor to ensure that they are meeting all course and GPA requirements for the CSU and/or UC system.

Click here to view a list of the courses which NHS is offering in the 2021-22 school year which meet "a-g" subject requirements. To review NHS' "a-g" course list from previous years, please refer to the UC A-G Course List

Additional CSU/UC Eligibility Requirements

In addition to successful completion of "a-g" courses, most freshman applicants are required to submit an ACT or an SAT score. 

  • For the CSU, an ACT or SAT score is required for students applying to impacted campuses and programs, and for applicants to non-impacted campuses who have earned less than an "a-g" GPA of 3.0. 
  • For the UC, the ACT with Writing or the SAT with Writing/Essay is required for all applicants.

The University of California utilizes a comprehensive review process in which they consider 14 different factors when reviewing applications. Click here for further information about the comprehensive review process.

CSU/UC Admission Data

California State University Freshman Admission Data - 2018

University of California Freshman Admission Data - 2020