UC - (ELC) Eligibility in Local Context

  • University of California The UC Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC) program recognizes student's individual accomplishments in light of the opportunities offered at their particular high school.  If they rank in the top 9 percent of students in our high school class — students can qualify for admission to UC. The UC will identify the top 9 percent of students based on GPA in UC-approved coursework completed in the 10th and 11th grades. To be considered for ELC, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and complete the following "a-g" courses prior to their senior year:

    • 1 year of History
    • 1 year of English
    • 2 years of Mathematics
    • 2 years of Laboratory Science
    • 1 year of Language other than English
    • 1 year of Other "a-g" courses(chosen from the subjects listed above or another course approved by the university)

    When will students find out if they have been designated ELC?

    As an applicant from California, OPHS applicants to the UC will be automatically screened for ELC eligibility when they apply to one or more UC schools in the fall of their Senior year. There’s no extra paperwork. After submitting the UC application, OPHS students can return to the "My UC Application" page to see whether or not they've been designated as being in the top 9 percent of their class. 

    What is the goal of the ELC program?

    • increase the pool of UC-eligible students
    • meet the guideline of the California Master Plan for Higher Education, which states that the top 9 percent of public high school graduates will be considered UC-eligible
    • give UC a presence in each California high school and stimulate a college-going culture at those schools that typically do not send many graduates to the university

    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 above - the master plan for admission to the UC system is to identify the top 9% of all high school students in the state of California for admission. Over the last 5 years, an average of 25% of all OPHS seniors have been admitted to one or more UC campuses, 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 25% 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 October 29, 2019