Applying from outside of California? Excellent! We welcome students from across the U.S. to apply to UCSB. In fact, during the 2019-2020 academic year UCSB enrolled students from 49 different states and U.S. territories.
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You must meet the same admission requirements as a California resident student but you must earn a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.4 or better in the 15 A-G college-preparatory courses with no grade lower than a C.*
Unfortunately there is no pre-approved list of approved A-G courses for out-of-state schools. You can refer to the A-G course list site – a database of UC-certified course lists in California schools – as a guide for the types of courses that have been UC approved.
*UC has temporarily suspended the letter grade requirement for A-G courses completed in winter, spring, and summer 2020 for all students. A-G courses completed in winter, spring, or summer 2020 with Pass (P) or Credit (CR) grades will satisfy appropriate A-G requirements.
UC Application for Non-Residents
Watch this 45-minute overview video on how to fill out the UC application as a student applying from outside the state of California.