"A-G"/College Entrance Requirements (minimum)
In order to be eligible to attend any school in the University of California (UC) or the California State University (CSU) systems as a freshman, you must take certain classes (College Preparatory, Honors, or Advanced Placement) in high school. These classes are known as the "A-G Subjects:"
- History/Social Science - 2 years required: One year of U.S. History or ½ year of U.S. History and ½ year of civics or American Government. CSU requires one additional year of Social Science. UC requires one year of world history, cultures, and geography.
- English - 4 years required: Four years of college preparatory English
- Mathematics - 3 years required, 4 years recommended: Classes must include the topics of algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra. Approved integrated math courses can also fulfill this requirement.
- Laboratory Science - 2 years required, 3 years recommended: CSU requires one biological and one physical. UC requires classes in at least two of the following areas: biology, chemistry, and physics.
- Language Other Than English (Foreign Language) - 2 years required, 3 years recommended: At least two years of the same language.
- Visual & Performing Arts - 1 year required: One yearlong course in dance, drama/theatre, music, or visual art.
- College Preparatory Electives - 1 year required: One additional year in any of the above A-F areas or other approved elective.
You must get a "C" or better in each of these classes. Additionally, you will need to complete eleven of the fifteen a-g requirements by the end of your junior year in order to be UC-eligible. Visit the University of California and CSU websites for specific requirements, classes that satisfy each area, and more information. Many private colleges and universities require similar high school classes, but be sure to check out these schools' websites for specific information. You'll want to work with your school counselor to make sure you're signing up for the right classes and that you're on track to complete all A-G requirements by the time you graduate from high school.
For a comparison of UC and CSU entry requirements, click here.
Students not planning on attending a four year college or university will still benefit from the rigor of A-G college preparatory coursework. These classes prepare students for success at community college, trade schools and employment.