University of California

Important Information for Applicants to the University of California

If you applied to the UC this past fall, this is important information from the UC Admissions Office: 

UC Application Updates & Reminders

Ordering test score reports for the UC

If your students have not already submitted their official ACT and SAT test scores, please have them do so immediately.  As a reminder, students who have not submitted official scores should do the following:  
1.      After receiving their scores, students should log into their My UC Application and self-report their examination scores.  The test scores submitted on the application for undergraduate admission are considered unofficial.
2.      Students should request that an official score report be sent by the College Board (for the SAT) and by ACT to at least one UC campus to which they applied.  UC does not recommend applicants use the College Board's Score Choice function or Rush Score delivery. All official test scores can be submitted to one campus, as test scores are disseminated to all campuses to which the student has applied.

If a student has recently ordered official reports sent to the university, he should log onto the My UC Application website  to check the most current scores we have on file.

If a student is missing official scores, he should contact the respective testing agency as follows:

ACT: (319) 337-1313 or   
SAT: (866) 756-7346 or 
Updating the UC application

Freshmen UC applicants:  If there are changes to a student’s academic record (if a student changes schools, adds or drops a course, or fails to earn a C or better in a course after submitting the application), the student must notify — by mail — the UC Application Center.  We encourage students to explain the reason(s) for the academic record updates in the letter. The letter must also include the student’s name, UC Application ID number and signature, and will be shared with all the campuses the student applied to. Mail to:

UC Application Center
P.O. Box 1432
Bakersfield, CA 93302

More information on how to report changes to a college application, can be found on the College & Career Center website, under College Application. 

Thinking about which University of California campus — or campuses — to apply to can be an exciting, thought-provoking and possibly intimidating process. You have nine choices available. That means nine geographic locations, tempos and personalities to consider.

Explore your options

It's helpful to understand that while all UC campuses provide creative and challenging learning opportunities, not every campus is suited to every student.

Along with thinking about what you want scholastically — which is certainly important — reflect on what you're looking for socially and geographically, too.

Ask yourself

  • Which campuses have academic programs that most interest me?
  • Do I want to be on a large urban campus or a smaller, more intimate one?
  • Do I want to be close to home?
  • Would I rather be near museums and big-city shopping or places to hike, ski or surf?

Experience up close

This section provides an overview of each campus. But remember, it's simply that — an overview. If possible, visit the campuses that most interest you and take a tour. Counselors in the admissions offices will be happy to answer your questions.

Be flexible

As you begin your search, keep an open mind. A campus that doesn't seem a good match for you at first glance may turn out to be just what you're looking for.


Seniors -  If you did not pass a course fall semester
that was listed on your UC application as "In Progress"

You must notify the individual UC Admissions offices
in writing,  immediately.
Advise the university that you did not pass the class
What class you will be taking spring semester
if it is different than what you listed
as "Planned" on your UC application.
Here's the information from the UC website:
If there are changes to your academic record ...

Freshmen: If you change schools, add or drop a course, or fail to earn a C or better in a course after you submit your application, you must notify — in writing — the admissions offices at the campuses to which you applied.

 After you've applied, now what?

You've confirmed your eligibility, written your personal statement, submitted your application, paid your application fees. Now what? You still have a few more items to cross off your list.

What to do after you apply

1.  Print a copy of your application.

You'll want to keep a record of your application ID and a summary of your application for reference.

2.  Order test score reports.

If you're a freshman or sophomore applicant, be sure to have your ACT and SAT scores reported by the testing agency. If you have your official score report sent to one campus, it will be available to all campuses to which you applied.

3.  Look for your application acknowledgment.

Right after you submit your application, you'll receive an e-mail confirming it has been successfully filed. Four to five weeks after applying, you should receive another acknowledgment from the UC Undergraduate Application Processing Service confirming receipt of your application. If you don't receive a notice, please contact the processing service at or call (800) 523-2048 (in California) or (925) 808-2181 (outside California).

4.  Update your application.

You can log in to your application to review and, if necessary, change your telephone number, e-mail or mailing address. You can also apply to additional campuses if they're still open. If you're a transfer student, about five weeks after the filing period has ended, you are required to update your grades and course records. 

If there are changes to your academic record ...

Freshmen: If you change schools, add or drop a course, or fail to earn a C or better in a course after you submit your application, you must notify — in writing — the admissions offices at the campuses to which you applied.

Transfers: If you add or drop a course, fail to earn a C or better in a course or enroll in a new college after you submit your application, log back in and update your information online.


5.  Await the decision.

Each UC campus will notify you of its admission decision, generally by March 31 if you're a fall freshman applicant or in April if you're a transfer student. 


6.       Submit transcripts, if admitted.

If you are admitted to UC, you must have final transcripts sent to your campus admissions office.

 Want to know more?
Learn all about the nine undergraduate universities of the University of California at:
University of California requires SAT Reasoning Exam or ACT with Writing Exam
Two SAT Subject Exams
in two different subjects (NOT Math IC)


Are you eligible for the University of California?
You can easily calculate your University of California eligibility at this website.
The University of California admits students based on comprehensive review. Here's an excerpt from the UC website:
As we consider each individual application - and rest assured, we do consider each one - we look beyond grades and test scores.

We spend time evaluating your academic achievements in light of the opportunities available to you and your demonstrated capacity to contribute to the intellectual life at UC. The 14 factors we weigh are:

  • Academic grade point average in all completed "a-g" courses, including additional points for completed UC-certified honors courses.
  • Scores on the ACT With Writing or SAT Reasoning Test and two SAT Subject Tests. (SAT Subject Tests will not be required for freshman applicants applying for fall 2012 or later.)
  • Number of, content of and performance in academic courses beyond the minimum "a-g" requirements.
  • Number of and performance in UC-approved honors and Advanced Placement courses.
  • Quality of your senior-year program as measured by the type and number of academic courses in progress or planned.
  • Quality of your academic performance relative to the educational opportunities available in your high school.
  • Outstanding performance in one or more academic subject areas.
  • Outstanding work in one or more special projects in any academic field of study.
  • Recent, marked improvement in academic performance as demonstrated by academic GPA and the quality of coursework completed or in progress.
  • Special talents, achievements and awards in a particular field, such as visual and performing arts, communication or athletic endeavors; special skills, such as demonstrated written and oral proficiency in other languages; special interests, such as intensive study and exploration of other cultures; experiences that demonstrate unusual promise for leadership, such as significant community service or significant participation in student government; or other significant experiences or achievements that demonstrate the student's promise for contributing to the intellectual vitality of a campus.
  • Completion of special projects undertaken in the context of your high school curriculum or in conjunction with special school events, projects or programs.
  • Academic accomplishments in light of your life experiences and special circumstances.
  • Location of your secondary school and residence.
Cindy Cutts,
Nov 4, 2010, 9:30 AM
Cindy Cutts,
Oct 19, 2010, 10:28 AM