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Many academically strong California juniors will at some point receive forms from their high schools asking for permission to share their academic data with the University of California System in order to determine Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC).

Using this statewide data, the UC system will identify the top 9% of students statewide, as well as the top 9% within each participating high school. In July, those rising seniors deemed top 9% in either pathway will be notified that they are guaranteed admission to the UC System. Which is wonderful, but there seems to be a lot of misunderstanding surrounding the ELC process, so let’s clarify a few important points.

  1. Qualifying via ELC does not have an impact on your admission chances at the most highly selective campuses, including UCLA or Berkeley. All UC campuses continue to practice holistic and comprehensive admission and remain exceedingly competitive, even for those with ELC.
  2. If you are granted ELC but not admitted to any UC campuses you apply to, you will be assigned a UC campus where there is space. In recent years, this has tended to be the Merced campus.
  3. UC campuses do not compare offers. They don’t talk to each other about their applicants or decisions. They also don’t assume anything about your financial status or your relative interest in one campus or another based on your participation in the ELC consideration process.

The UC website is an enormously helpful resource where you can find more information, as well details on how individual campuses review applications.

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