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Boost Your Academic Rigor (or Repeat a D or F Grade) with Online High School Courses This Spring!

Freaking out because you need to repeat a class you didn’t pass from the fall semester? Need to squeeze in another AP class to boost the rigor of your schedule? Want to improve your GPA? Enroll now for spring online classes! Keep in mind that your local community college is usually your best bet (free if your counselor signs off…

UC Regents to Vote on Tuition Increase This Week

The UCs will be voting on a tuition hike ($342) tomorrow (Wednesday, January 24, 2018). They are moving forward with the increase despite protests and widespread criticism (see a sample of them: Daily Cal Op-Ed and Daily Bruin Editorial), since they can do whatever they want (quite literally, there is absolutely zero oversight; the entire system is governed by the…

UCLA Optional Duolingo English Test

Sounds like some international applicants are getting a request from UCLA (and apparently other UCs) for an English assessment (Duolingo English Test), in addition to the submitted TOEFL score. This is an independent assessment likely targeting Asian students due to the pervasive cheating from the region. In case you are not aware, the UCs were hit with a huge cheating…

January 2018 UC Counselors and Advisers Bulletin

From the UC Counselors and Advisers Bulletin – January 2018, received on January 19, 2018: Transfer Academic Update deadline in January for transfer applicants Reminder: Test scores and transcript submissions Application verification process Instructions for cancelling or withdrawing an application March 2: Financial aid priority deadline Transfer Academic Update deadline in January for transfer applicants Transfer students must update their…

February ACT Registration Deadline

The February ACT (2/10) registration deadline is this Friday (1/12). You may register late between 1/13 and 1/19 for an additional fee of $29.50. Visit the ACT Registration page to register. Test Prep Resources Visit my Testing Requirements for the UCs page for the UC policies on SAT/ACT test scores and submission deadlines, and find Free and Low Cost Test…

UC Online Applicant Accounts

By now you should have received confirmation emails from each of the UC campuses to which you have applied. With each confirmation email, or separately, should be information on how to sign up for an “applicant account” with the campus that allows you to update your contact information, send communication to the admissions office, and check your admission decision. Some…

UC Application Verification

Sounds like the UC Application verification requests went out yesterday (1/2/2018). Check the email address associated with your UC Application and be sure to check your spam/junk folder as well. The verification requests supposedly go out to approximately 10% of the applicant pool (both freshman and transfer applicants; randomly selected). If you received a request, respond before the stated deadline;…

Updated – UCs Received Record Number of Applications for Fall 2018

Updated with press releases from each UC campus. From the UC Press Room, UC applications break records for 13th consecutive year (December 14, 2017): In the 13th straight year of record-breaking highs, more than 221,000 students applied for undergraduate admission to the University of California for fall 2018, an overall jump of 5.7 percent over last year, according to preliminary…