Applicant’s Remorse

Discovered errors after you submitted your UC Application? Be careful of the conflicting information the UCs are giving out on how to update/correct the application. Below is what I know and I’ve noted any conflicts I observed.

You may log back into the application and update/correct the following information:

  • Personal information
  • Release authorization
  • AP, IB, and international exams/scores
  • Add a campus (if available)
  • Freshman applicants – ACT, SAT, SAT Subject, TOEFL, and IELTS tests/scores

You may also:

  • Pay for your application online
  • Review your submitted application
  • Check your application status (to find out if your UC Application has been forwarded to the individual UC campuses; freshman applicants – find out if you are ELC)
  • Transfer applicants – update your application in January

For all other corrections, such as for the “Academic history,” “Activities & awards,” and/or the “Personal insight” sections, you must submit those AFTER you have set up an applicant account with each UC campus (this is the information given out by the representatives, but the automated recording is still saying to send corrections to the UC Application Center).

Also keep in mind that:

Freshman applicants are expected to report schedule/grade errors in 9th through 11th grades, 12th grade school/schedule changes, and/or non-passing (D or F) grades in 12th grade courses to each UC campus through the applicant account.

Transfer applicants should use the Transfer Academic Update to make changes to Fall schedule/grades and/or Winter/Spring schedule in January. Errors in previous terms must be reported to each UC campus through the applicant account.

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December 6, 2020 at 9:22 pm

Will making a mistake on your academic history negatively impact your admission decision? My high school counselor recommended that I not add a class I took one semester of online, so I didn’t… just found out I was supposed to. It’s not on my local high school’s official transcript, but it is on my online school one, so I’m stressed that this will reflect badly on me.

Ms. Sunreply
December 7, 2020 at 11:54 am
– In reply to: Amy

Report the missing course after you have set up your applicant portal with each UC campus.

December 14, 2020 at 5:15 am

Will making a mistake on your academic history negatively impact your admission decision? I accidently put the wrong year I took a course, the grade is corrrect its just the year is wrong

Ms. Sunreply
December 14, 2020 at 11:23 am
– In reply to: Vanessa

You should send a correction to the UC campuses that will accept it just to CYA. Depending on which year you incorrectly added the course, it may also affect your GPA.

December 15, 2020 at 6:21 pm

While using an unofficial transcript, I did not list a single unit lab class from one of my previous colleges. What should I do?

Ms. Sunreply
December 16, 2020 at 5:17 pm
– In reply to: Barron

If the course was UC-transferable and taken before Fall 2020, then you need to send a correction to each UC campus through your applicant account. If it wasn’t UC-transferable, then I wouldn’t worry about it. If you are taking it for Fall 2020 or later, you can add it when you complete the Transfer Academic Update in January.

December 18, 2020 at 4:04 am

I just checked my application information and found a mistake with my 10th grade courses. I filled wrong honors level for my Honors Algebra II course. I filled “HL” in the system, but actually this course is a “NH” courses. How do I fix this mistake? Will this influence my application?

Ms. Sunreply
December 18, 2020 at 11:50 am
– In reply to: J

I wouldn’t worry about that too much. It’s technically correct (your school calls it “Honors”) so it’s up to the UCs to catch and correct the mistake for the GPA calculation (although, based on what I have heard, I’m not sure the UCs actually do that). You wouldn’t be penalized for something like that.

December 21, 2020 at 9:45 pm

I accidentally put English 9 AB instead of H English 9 AB. I was wondering if I should send each UC campus an email to inform them about the mistake since neither one of the classes are considered “HL”.

Ms. Sunreply
December 22, 2020 at 12:28 pm
– In reply to: Christopher

I don’t think it’s going to matter much in the grand scheme of things, but you may want to submit a correction just in case.

December 28, 2020 at 3:11 am

My activities didn’t get saved/submitted. Can is fix that? How would I go about doing so?

Ms. Sunreply
December 28, 2020 at 11:44 am
– In reply to: TD

If the entire section is missing, you should contact each UC campus through your applicant portal to explain there was likely a system error and request to send the information for consideration. If only parts of section is missing, you should do the same, but some campuses may choose not to accept the information.

Find instructions here under “After submitting a UC admission application.”

December 29, 2020 at 11:31 pm

I submitted one of my personal insight essays under the wrong prompt on accident. Is this something that I can even correct? Would making a correction negatively impact my chances of admission?

Ms. Sunreply
December 30, 2020 at 10:18 am
– In reply to: LW

That is unlikely to matter since the application readers are often focused on the content of the information you provided and not necessarily scrutinizing whether you had “correctly” answered the question; there is no such thing as right or wrong when you are discussing your personal achievements and/or circumstances.

If you really want to submit a correction, you could do that through your applicant portal. But I doubt the campuses would care (or make a big deal out of it).

January 5, 2021 at 8:44 am

I misreported a course in my 9th grade year cause I took AVID 1-2 (9th grade avid) but I put AVID 12 because I misread. I reported it but one of the UCs I am applying to said they couldn’t make changes and make a decision until they get official transcripts. Is there a high chance I will get denied?

Ms. Sunreply
January 5, 2021 at 12:15 pm
– In reply to: Liz

After you receive an admission offer, your applicant portal should update with a correction form and you can send the update then.

January 5, 2021 at 6:45 pm

I missed adding some courses I took on my UC application, how do I go to my portal and change that?

Ms. Sunreply
January 6, 2021 at 10:13 am
– In reply to: A.S.

Find instructions here under “After submitting a UC admission application.”

January 7, 2021 at 6:05 pm

Using the unofficial transcript, I listed shortened versions of my 12th grade courses. Ex) I put History HL instead of IB DP History HL II and Business HL instead of IB DP Business HL II. What should I do?

Ms. Sunreply
January 7, 2021 at 6:44 pm
– In reply to: G

I think the UCs can probably figure that out if you previously completed History HL I and Business HL I. But you may want to send corrections just in case.

January 7, 2021 at 8:06 pm

What should I do if I listed an abbreviated version of the course names instead of what actually shows up in my transcript for all my 12th grade year courses? Ex) I wrote down History HL when I should’ve written IB DP History HL II and so on?

Ms. Sunreply
January 8, 2021 at 10:53 am
– In reply to: K

If you previously completed History HL I or you have two separate entries for History HL (one before 12th and one during 12th), then the UCs will probably figure out that the one for 12th grade is HL II. But you may want to send corrections just in case.

January 9, 2021 at 4:12 am

I mistakenly filled in a NH course as an AP course. Should I send a correction email to each campus or to UC Application Center?

Ms. Sunreply
January 9, 2021 at 11:10 am
– In reply to: A

Find instructions on how to submit corrections here, under “After submitting a UC admission application.”

January 9, 2021 at 8:27 am

I am a transfer applicant and I accidentally put the same English class at two different colleges and I put that I got an A in both, I need to delete one of them but I cannot go back and change academic history. What can I do and does this affect admissions?

Ms. Sunreply
January 9, 2021 at 11:11 am
– In reply to: B

Find instructions on how to submit corrections here, under “After submitting a UC admission application.”

January 14, 2021 at 12:53 am

My AP Macroecon class was only 1 semester and for the 2nd semester I was supposed to be taking H Democracy. But during the UC application period I had no idea what class would replace my econ class so I just put “Planned to take” next to econ instead of adding another course: “H democracy.” would fixing it be necessary since they would be looking at my transcript? Also, I accidentally requested my mid year transcript to be sent to UCs even when it wasnt requested. Would the UCs just disregard it?

Ms. Sunreply
January 14, 2021 at 11:38 am
– In reply to: Soh

I’m not entirely sure what you mean. Do you mean you only added one semester of AP Macroecon and the H Democracy is missing entirely or do you mean you added two semesters of AP Macroecon to use that as placeholder for H Democracy?

If the H Democracy is missing entirely, that means you are short one semester of A-G (compared to the actual count you have) and that could disadvantage you.

If you used AP Macroecon as a placeholder, that means the A-G count should be accurate but the course count is off and UCs have the option to nitpick something like that.

Admission evaluation is based entirely on your self-reported information (coursework and grades reported in your application is used to determine whether to admit or reject you). The UCs only look at the transcript in July, AFTER you have been admitted and is committed to enroll (if the UCs did not specifically request a transcript from you prior to July, transcript you elect to send will be disregarded). The only function the transcript serves is to verify that the information in your application is accurate (discrepancies can be deemed to invalidate your application). Your best bet is to send a correction to the UCs because not correcting the issue could create problems for you.

UCs will disregard midyear reports.

January 21, 2021 at 3:19 pm

So I take a dual enrollment English course offered by a local community college. Last semester, I took English 1A – Freshman Composition as a course, however I didn’t realize that the course I would take for this semester actually goes by a different name (English 1C – Critical Thinking). I thought that I would be taking English 1A the whole year and didn’t realize that the course name would change halfway through. I already reported that I planned on taking English 1A for both first and second semester. Even though English 1C is technically the same as English 1A, would I need to report this change to the UC’s?

Ms. Sunreply
January 21, 2021 at 5:16 pm
– In reply to: I

You should submit a correction because it’s actually two courses instead of one (so you are taking one more than what you actually reported). Follow the instructions here, under “After submitting a UC admission application.”

February 25, 2021 at 10:40 am

I sent UCSD an academic history correction through their portal, but I never received a confirmation email. I took a screenshot of the “Thank you” screen after I submitted the form. Should I submit the form again?

Ms. Sunreply
February 25, 2021 at 1:12 pm
– In reply to: Chris

I don’t think UCSD is in the habit of sending confirmation emails for corrections. But I do remember they will respond to email inquiries (I think there is an email or link at the bottom of your portal) so you can send a follow up message to make sure the correction was received and processed.

February 28, 2021 at 9:02 pm

My school is out of state for UC’s and I know they don’t count honors the same. Every class I reported is honors or advanced on my transcript but I selected everything as honors level. I just realized uC doesn’t count out of state honors like they do for in state. Since they say honors on my own application will this be ok or will it hurt my chances and should I notify the mistake to them?

Ms. Sunreply
March 1, 2021 at 11:13 am
– In reply to: M

You should be fine. UCs supposedly “clean” the applications to get an accurate GPA, although no one has ever been able to explain the mechanism by which that is accomplished (for hundreds of thousands of applications). From what I can gather, UCs will not penalize students for the kind of mistake you mentioned (because you technically reported the courses exactly as they appear on your transcript) and, if anything, that kind of mistake would make your profile more favorable (I have one anecdote of this, which is complicated to explain and not exactly applicable to your situation, suffice to say that, if the UCs don’t “clean” the application, you’ll likely gain an advantage).

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