You can apply to the University as freshmen if you are still in high school or have graduated by not enrolled in a regular session (i.e., a session other than summer) at a college or university.
California freshman applicants can become eligible in three ways:
Eligibility in the Statewide Context Students complete specific and college admissions tests and earn the required GPA and test scores;
Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC) Students are identified as being in the top 4 percent of their graduating class at participating high schools;
Eligibility by Examination Alone Students achieve specified high scores on standardized tests.
Because many campuses receive applications from more eligible students than they have space for, meeting the minimum requirements for any of these paths may not be enough to gain you admission to the campus of your choice. When you are considering where to apply, you can learn more about how each campus selects students from the pool of eligible applicants and who is admitted.