University of California (UC) System

  • More UC academic programs consistently rated among the nation’s top 10
  • 150 disciplines
  • 10 campuses across the state
  • Four-year bachelor’s degree
  • Priority admission from California Community Colleges

More University of California academic programs are consistently rated among the top 10 nationally than any other public or private university. The UC system has 10 campuses which are available to all eligible California high-school graduates and community college transfer students who wish to attend. UC academic study areas span more than 150 disciplines, one of the broadest ranges of study of any university in the world.

Transferring to UC from Community College

UC gives California Community College students first priority over other transfer applicants, and many campuses offer guaranteed admission for well-prepared transfer students. Work with a college counselor to make sure your transfer plan is on track. See also transfer to UC.

UC Benefits and Resources for Foster Youth

  • Campus Support Programs for Foster Youth
    Many campuses have on-campus programs specifically to support foster youth scholars, offering financial aid and scholarship packages, housing, and other resources.
  • Application Fee Waiver
    UC will waive the $70 application fee for up to four campuses for low-income students. You can apply for a fee waiver within the online application and be notified immediately whether you have qualified.
  • Priority Registration for Foster Youth
    As a current or former foster youth in California, you receive priority course registration at UC campuses. Competition can be fierce to get into the classes you need, so take advantage of this benefit.
  • Priority Housing
    As a foster youth, you may get priority for housing in the dorms as well as access to housing over the summer if available.

UC Tools for Students