UC - (ELC) Eligibility in Local Context

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    The UC Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC) program recognizes your individual accomplishments in light of the opportunities offered by your particular high school.  If you rank in the top 9 percent of students in your California high school class — and your high school participates in our ELC program — you can qualify for admission to UC.

    If your school participates in the ELC program — which most California high schools do — we will identify the top 9 percent of students on the basis of GPA in UC-approved coursework completed in the 10th and 11th grades. To be considered for ELC, you must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and complete the following "a-g" courses prior to your senior year:

    History/social science

    1 year


    2 years


    2 years

    Laboratory science

    1 years

    Language other than English

    1 years

    College-preparatory elective 
    (chosen from the subjects listed above or another course approved by the university)

    4 yearlong courses

    After you enter your coursework and grades in your application, we'll compare your GPA to the historic top GPA for your school. If you meet or exceed that GPA, you'll be designated ELC and we'll add a note to your application. 

    How the UC determines  schools' historic GPAs

    • Since the inception of the ELC program, participating schools have submitted transcripts for the top 15 percent beginning of their students, with parental permission. Using this information, the UC establishes a historic benchmark GPA representing the expected GPA for the top 9 percent of the students from each school. 
    • Schools are periodically requested to submit transcripts so that we can monitor — and reset, if necessary — their benchmark GPA. If a student is determined to be UC-eligible through ELC, the University will notify them at the beginning of their senior year. 
    • Students must then submit the University's undergraduate application during the November filing period and complete remaining eligibility requirements to be considered fully eligible.
    • Fully eligible ELC students are guaranteed a spot at one of UC's undergraduate campuses, though not necessarily at their first-choice campus!

    arrow For more detailed information click on the ELC program go to the UC's ELC Program website

    OPHS Counselor's Notes on the ELC Program:
    • Every year we receive numerous questions from highly qualified OPHS seniors questioning why they did not receive the UC's ELC designation. This is because we have so many outstanding students that a weighted UC GPA  in excess of 4.0 does not even place a student in the top 10% of their class at Oak Park High School - let alone make them ELC eligible! 
    • So, should Oak Park students be concerned? The answer is - Not at all! Frankly, this program was not designed for high performing high schools such as Oak Park.  As noted in the first bullet point above - the master plan for admission to the UC system is to identify the top 12.5% of all high school students in the state of California for admission. Over the last 5 years, an average of 30+% of all OPHS seniors have been admitted to one or more UC campus, so we clearly are not the target audience for this program.

    arrow The bottom line is that the ELC program only guarantees admission to UC Merced at this time. This program's intended purpose is to recruit students from underrepresented socioeconomic areas that typically do not send many students to college.  As previously mentioned, more than 30% of OPHS seniors (most of whom do not fall into the top 9% of their class at OPHS) will still be admitted to one or more UC campus - with or without the ELC designation! 

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Last Modified on August 6, 2017