Congratulations for being selected as a University of California (UC) President’s Pre-College Scholar!
As a President’s Pre-College Scholar, you’re part of a select group of California high school students recognized for their academic achievements: strong grades, completion of “a-g” courses, and potential to take honors, Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses.
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As a Pre-College Scholar, we know you work hard and dream big. UC offers a transformative education and a community where you’ll thrive. If you want to be educated in the heart of where knowledge is created — medical discoveries that cure diseases, inventions that revolutionize how cars are powered and food is grown, new technologies that push the boundaries of media and music — then UC is right for you.
UC is a place where you'll find a sense of belonging and a sense of purpose, surrounded by a community of people who are just like you: curious, hardworking, determined to make a difference, and excited to be at the best public university in the world.
The University of California community stands ready to help you learn more about what a UC education can offer, and how the University can help you achieve your educational goals.
You belong at UC. We’re here to help you learn more about preparing for, applying to and affording a UC education. See below for tips, tools and strategies for Pre-College Scholars.
UC is accessible, affordable and welcoming for all students. Find out more at Achieve UC.
Get prepared now to apply to UC. A Guide for Preparing for the University of California and the UC Preparation Calendar include all the steps you need to take to get to UC.
For Spanish versions, see Una guía de preparación para la Universidad de California and Calendario de preparación para la UC.
Visit the UC Admissions website for a comprehensive guide on applying to UC.
As part of the UC application, you’ll answer four personal insight questions about yourself. Get some practice in sharing your experiences, interests, ambitions and inspirations at the freshman personal insight questions website.
Watch this personal insight questions video, which provides tips for students from underrepresented backgrounds who are the first in their families to apply for college, or whose schools have limited counseling resources.
You can afford UC. In fact, more than half of UC’s California undergraduates pay no tuition. Learn about financing your education at the Paying for UC website.
If you are a California resident whose total family income is less than $80,000 a year and you qualify for financial aid, you will not have to pay UC’s systemwide tuition and fees out of your own pocket. Learn more about the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan.
For additional resources, visit the UC Office of Diversity and Engagement website.