UC Application Information

    The UC application opens on August 1st and can be submitted between November 1st and November 30th. Learn more about applying to the UC here: http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/how-to-apply/apply-online/
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    The UC application is an opportunity for students to convey information about their accomplishments, individuality and context. To assist students through the application process, UC has created a freshman presentation which provides guidance on how to thoroughly and accurately represent the students' academic and extracurricular achievements.
    Reminders for Freshman Applicants:
    1. UCs require the essay or writing sections and will not use exam scores without them to meet the admission requirement. UCs also do not superscore, so they will take your highest "sitting" and all scores, including the essay or writing scores, just be from a single test date. They do, however, encourage students to have all scores sent to them as they may be used to meet University of campus specific graduation requirements such as the Entry Level Writing Requirement.
    2. Official SAT with Writing/Essay, ACT with Writing, SAT Subject Tests and TOEFL scores need to be sent from the testing agencies to ONLY ONE UC campus: UC will share scores with all campuses to which you apply. The SAT Subject Exams are not required, but encouraged for some majors. It is the student's responsibility to know if their intended major recommends SAT Subject Tests.
    3. For students who will take exams in November and December, you must report planned test dates on the application and then log back into your UC application to self-report your November/December test scores after they are received. Order official scores from the testing agencies by the end of December.
    4. Do not send official transcripts unless a UC campus directly contacts you to request it.
    5. Do not send letters of recommendation; UC does not require letters of recommendation. However, a campus may specifically request a letter or two directly from some applicants. If you receive a request for a letter of recommendation, it is suggested that you provide one by the deadline stated.
    6. After submitting your application, you can log into your application to review and, if necessary, change your telephone number, email, mailing address or report new SAT, ACT, TOEFL or International Exam Scores. You can also complete the application fee payments if this was not done when you submitted the application. 
    Other things to keep in mind:
    • Selected applicants to UC Berkeley will now have the opportunity to submit two letters of recommendation. Please click here for more information.
    • Please click here to learn more about how to obtain fee waivers in order to apply to the UC system.
    • While SAT Subject Tests are not required, some campuses recommend that freshman applicants interested in competitive majors take the tests to demonstrate subject proficiency. Click here to learn more about specific campus/major recommendations.
    • Need help deciding how to rank UCSD's colleges? Click here.
    • This valuable PowerPoint was presented at the annual UC Counselors Conference in 2017 on the topic of the Personal Insight Questions. This PowerPoint gives tips for completing the freshman admission application.