University Of California - [UCSF], California, San Francisco - Admission

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    University of California 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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    The University of California is located in the USA. It was established in the year 1864. The university offers graduate degrees, certificates, and professional doctorate programs in various medical, pharmacy, dental courses. The students planning to take admission at the university can apply at various courses including the School of Dentistry, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, and Graduate Division. UCSF School of Medicine received funding worth 578 million in 2018 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The university is said to be one of the prestigious universities present in California.

    The University of California offers many graduate programs respectively in different filed of medicine. Some of the popular master’s degrees include the Interprofessional Health Post-Bac Certificate Program, Dentistry (DDS), Master of Science, among others.

    • The University of California opens applications for Fall and Spring sessions.
    • The international students need to meet the minimum TOFEL/IELTS scores requirements.
    • The future students need to upload the supporting documents at the time of filling the application form online.
    • The online application fee is USD 125 (non-refundable)
    • All the transcripts need to be sealed and mailed directly from the issuing center to the university.
    • International students can apply online or through Common Application as well.
    • Several graduate programs have specific requirements.
    • Graduate programs will keep a copy of the aspirants’ official transcripts and will forward the originals to the Graduate Division.
    • For the summer intake 2019, 139 students applied for the Global Health Sci MS program, out of which 76 students were granted admissions.
    • Stating the 2019 application cycle, the majority of the university’s graduate courses don’t need Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.
    • The university’s physical office is presently closed until further notice.
    • Front desk staff and financial aid advisors will be available using our Zoom Virtual Front Desk Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Alternatively, the students can reach the management by phone or email; Phone: (415) 476-4181, Fax: (415) 476-6652, Email:
    • For more COVID-19 updates, the present and future students can visit the COVID-19 resource page on the website.


    Application Portal Common Application or Apply online
    Application Fee (non-refundable) USD 125
    Admission intake By deadlines
    Minimum TOEFL- ibt 80
    Mode of Payment Online
    Academic Calendar Semester
    Intake Seasons Fall/Spring /summer
    Work Experience Required in some courses
    Acceptance rate 65%
    Financial Aid Loans, Grants, and Scholarships available
    E-mail for international students

    University of California Admission Deadlines

    The students applying with the deadlines at the university have higher chances of getting admission to the university. 

    Every year, the application process for the graduate program starts in July and ends in September. For the 2020-2021 academic year, the applications will start from July 1, 2020. The application deadline is September 3, 2020.

    Application Deadline
    Deadline for Spring 2020 March 30, 2020
    Deadline for Spring 2020 June 15, 2020
    Deadline for Fall 2020 September 9, 2020

    University of California International Student Admissions

    The university offer admission to domestic and foreign students, who meet the eligibility criteria. Through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, the university has become a leading university produce qualified health care graduates each year.

    International students need to meet some extra requirements while applying to the university.

    Application Portal: Online

    Application fees: USD 125

    Admission requirements: ACT or SAT, Official transcripts, IELTS scores. The international students need to satisfy the below-written requirements while applying at the University of California:

    • A completed application
    • Official high school and college transcripts
    • Transcripts evaluated by an authorized agency
    • TOEFL/IELTS/GRE score
    • Verification of financial support
    • Certification of Finances
    • Proof of financial support
    • Letter of recommendation
    • Three PASS evaluation forms (PEFs)
    • Official Transcript Translations
    • Copy of passport
    • Essay or resume
    • Dean's institution evaluation
    • Copy of passport

    Note- Some graduate programs don’t need Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores

    All the official transcripts need to be mailed directly to the university.

    University of California, San Francisco

    School of Dentistry Office of Admissions & Outreach

    513 Parnassus Ave., S-630

    San Francisco, CA 94143-0430

    English Proficiency Test Score for International Students

    All international students must show their proficiency in the English language. For the same, they can show their TOEFL or IELTS test scores that need to be sent directly from the official testing agency to the university.

    Test (for UG courses) Scores
    TOEFL (PBT) 550
    TOEFL (CBT) 213
    TOEFL (IBT) 80
    IELTS 7

    Visa Process for International Students

    The international students aiming to study at the University of California need to apply for a student visa to study in the USA once their application is approved by the university.

    To get an F-1 visa, international students need to complete the following steps.

    • Pay the I-901 SEVIS fee
    • Submit the Nonimmigrant Visa Application
    • Pay the Nonimmigrant Visa Application Fee, also known as the MRV fee
    • Pay the Reciprocity Fee (if applies)
    • Schedule an F-1 Student Visa appointment
    • Bring Appropriate Documents to Your Interview.

    The U.S. government needs students to produce proof of financial support for at least one year for both educational and living expenses.

    International Students and Scholars Office

    William J. Rutter Center

    1675 Owens Street, Room CC290

    San Francisco, CA 94143

    Phone: (415) 476-1773


    Country-Specific Requirements:

    All admission requirements being the same, applicants from other countries than the USA, has to comply with requirements based on their own country’s academic basics.

    Country Requirement
    India Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) or Senior Secondary Certificate
    Sri Lanka Sri Lankan General Certificate of Education Advanced Level
    Peoples Republic of China Senior High School Graduate Certificate (i.e. Redbook)
    Bangladesh Higher Secondary Certificate
    United Kingdom GCE A-Levels (Minimum of 3 academic subjects with C or better)
    New Zealand NCEA Level 3
    Hong Kong HKDSE Certificate
    Brazil Diploma/ Certificate de Ensino Medio

    University of California Graduate Admissions

    At the University of California, there are various master courses including some of the popular courses like Biomedical Imaging MS, Clinical Research MAS, Global Health Sciences MS, Healthcare Administration & Interprofessional Leadership MS, Health Policy, and Law MS, to name a few.

    Besides the university also offer different Ph.D. programs, Social and Populational Sciences, Certificate Programs, etc. Each of the programs has a specific academic requirement, out of which graduate program requirements of some of the programs are mentioned below.

    Requirements Nursing Master of Science program Master of Science The Master of Translational Medicine program (MTM) The History of Health Sciences (HHS) program MA The Master of Science in Biomedical Imaging (MSBI) program
    Application fees (USD) 125 125 125 125 125
    Transcripts All undergraduate transcripts Minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale verified by official transcripts. Original transcripts required Required Required
    GMAT/GRE/TOEFL TOEFL score required Required TOEFL score required at least a 3.0 (B) grade point average. at least a 3.0 (B) grade point average.
    Essay Not mentioned Required, at least 300 words Required Required Required
    Work experience Required Required Required Required Required
    CV/Resume Professional resume; Minimum 300-word count essay Required Required Required Required
    Recommendations Dean's institution evaluation Four nominated recommendations are required Two letters of recommendation Three letters of recommendation (preferably from professors who are familiar with your research experience) Three letters of recommendation
    Admission interview By invitation only By invitation only By invitation only By invitation only

    The students applying at the University of California, School of Medicine need to send all the supporting materials to:

    UC Postbaccalaureate Consortium

    UC Davis School of Medicine

    4610 X Street, Suite 4101

    Sacramento, CA 95817

    In case you are applying to other UC programs, please stay aware that the program requirements may differ, so kindly visit the website for more information.

    The School of Nursing needs all international applicants to submit their transcripts for verification and evaluation. The entire evaluation will be completed before the students are considered for admission. The international applicants are suggested to initiate the process as the earliest as the visa process also takes time.


    Ques. If I am a re-applicant from a previous admissions cycle, are there any additional instructions for me while applying at the University of California?

    Ans. The Re-applicants have to submit a revised goal statement and one new or revised letter of recommendation. The students applying again at the University of California are suggested to contact the Office of Student Affairs for help with previously submitted transcripts, recommendations or TOEFL/IELTS test scores.

    Ques. Is the GRE required for the Master of Science program at the University of California?

    Ans. No, the GRE is not needed while applying at the University of California School of Nursing programs.

    Ques. What documents are required to online California Post Baccalaureate Consortium application?

    Ans. Along with submitting a complete online California Post Baccalaureate Consortium application, the international students need to submit other supporting materials like letters of recommendation, official college transcripts. In case you are applying again, a copy of the students’ processed AMCAS application is also needed.

    Ques. Whom should I contact regarding questions about the University of California COVID-19 response?

    Ans. The students are advised to contact for any doubts related to COVID-19.

    Ques. Does the University of San Francisco prefer SAT or ACT scores?

    Ans. 72% of students submit their SAT scores to USF. 36% of applicants sent their ACT scores when applying.

    Ques. What is my chance of getting into the University of San Francisco?

    Ans. 65% of those who apply are granted admission to USF. Admissions competition is low and the college has very high admission standards.

    Ques. How do I submit the scores?

    Ans. The scores can be sent from the testing agency or may be sent unofficial (self-reported) scores.

    Ques. Who are the well-known alumni from the University of California, San Francisco?

    Ans. The university has a list of notable alumni that includes Priscilla Chan (Renowned Pediatrician), Julie Gerberding (Director at the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention), Janet Iwasa (Famous Animator), Shina Yamanaka (Nobel Prize for Medicine), Stanley Prusiner (Discovered Prion)< Nola Hylton (Radiologist), and Micheal Harrison (Developed techniques for fetal surgery).

    Ques. How many international students study at the University of California, San Francisco?

    Ans. The university comprises 13% international students, and 33% out of state students.

    Ques. What is the male-female ratio at the university?

    Ans. The University has a higher population of females, 62.35%, whereas males are about 37.65%.

    Ques. What are the most popular organizations at the university?

    Ans. Kasamahan, Nursing Student Association, Black Student Union, Delta Zeta, and Kappa Alpha Theta.

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