Many California community colleges have Winter intersession classes between Fall and Spring terms (usually four-week classes offered during January) and Santa Barbara City College has compiled an unofficial list.
If you are a transfer applicant, this is a great opportunity for you to finish your English or math requirement, or any remaining major prerequisite requirement (since in-progress Spring term English, math, or major prerequisite classes tend to make you less competitive for admission).
If you are a freshman applicant, this is your last chance to boost the rigor of your senior year schedule and impress the UCs (remember to add the planned Winter term class into the “College courses taken in high school” section of your UC Application).
Keep in mind that many community colleges (even the ones that don’t offer Winter intersession) often have Spring short-term classes available (usually eight-week classes in two different sessions during Spring semester), which can also be a good option for transfer applicant or current community college students to rack up units or complete requirements (English, math, major prerequisite, or IGETC), or for freshman applicant or current high school students to boost the rigor of their schedule. For current applicants (freshman or transfer), just remember to update the UCs about classes you add that were not reported on your UC Application.
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