Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Information from Undergraduate Admissions

Update: UC Santa Cruz, along with the other nine UC campuses, is preparing to return to primarily in-person instruction as of fall 2021. While we are looking forward to resuming in-person activities on our beautiful campus in the fall, the health and safety of our community remains our highest priority. Be assured that we will be extremely careful about how we implement our re-opening. More news will be shared as it becomes available. For further information and updates, please see our Roadmap to Recovery page.


During this extraordinary time of the COVID-19 pandemic, our thoughts are with our current and future students and their families. To aid them, the University of California has implemented temporary measures to help mitigate some of the challenges they may be facing during this time. Specifically, the Regents approved a series of critical, short-term measures:

  • No letter grade requirement for A-G courses completed through summer 2021 for all students, including recently admitted freshmen. 
  • No standardized test requirement for students applying for fall 2021 freshman admission.
  • If you miss the deadline for submitting your official transcript, we will not rescind your admission offer. Your admission status will be retained through the first day of class until official documents are received by the campus. 
  • For transfer students, we are temporarily suspending the cap on the number of transferable units with “pass/no pass” grading applied toward the minimum 60 semester/90 quarter units required for junior standing.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Prospective High School or Transfer Students