I GOT IN! Now What? (Freshman & Transfer)



Freshman Checklist

Check the online account at your UC campus and note the various deadlines and required documents you will need to submit prior to enrollment. Below is a partial checklist:

  • SIR deadline is on Monday, May 1, 2017.
  • AP exams are coming up in the next two weeks. Make sure you study and do well. But don’t stress if you don’t do well or skip the tests; this will not affect your admission offer. (This is NOT an open invitation for you to not study for the AP exams!)
  • The Analytical Writing Placement Examination is coming up on Saturday, May 13, 2017. If you have not yet received notification or if you are unsure whether you are waived from the requirement, contact the AWPE Customer Service at (800) 839-8507 or by email at [email protected].
  • Please review your Provisional Admission Contract/Conditions of Admission carefully. Any violation of the contract/condition should be reported to the UC campus promptly. Offer an explanation for the violation and how you intend to remedy the situation.
  • Sign up for orientation. Orientation helps you become familiar with the campus environment and gives you the opportunity to enroll in courses with the assistance of student/staff advisors.
  • Look into summer/bridge/new student programs you can attend at your UC campus. Most UCs offer some type of program in the summer for incoming students. This will help you get a head start.
  • Official, final transcript from your last high school (plus every community college you have attended, if any) is due to your UC campus on July 1, 2017. If your school(s) cannot produce a final transcript by the deadline, you MUST contact the UC campus to ask for an extension. All other required documents and exam scores, such as the AP exam scores, must arrive by July 15, 2017. Failure to submit required transcript(s) and documents on time may result in cancellation of your admission offer. The campus will contact you by email and post a warning in your online account if any documents are missing past the deadline. Make sure you check your email and online UC account regularly and update your email address with the campus if you change it (you may make the change through the online account).

Need more help? Check out the Next Steps for Freshman – Deadlines and Procedures for Fall 2017, a campus-by-campus chart of deadlines put together by the UCs.

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Transfer Checklist

Check the online account at your UC campus and note the various deadlines and required documents you will need to submit prior to enrollment. Below is a partial checklist:

  • SIR deadline is June 1, 2017.
  • Please review your Provisional Admission Contract/Conditions of Admission carefully. Any violation of the contract/condition should be reported to the UC campus promptly. Offer an explanation for the violation and how you intend to remedy the situation.
  • Sign up for orientation. Orientation helps you become familiar with the campus environment and gives you the opportunity to enroll in courses with the assistance of student/staff advisors.
  • Look into summer/bridge/new student programs you can attend at your UC campus. Most UCs offer some type of program in the summer for incoming students. This will help you get a head start.
  • Official, final transcripts are due to your UC campus on July 1, 2017. If your college cannot produce a final transcript by the deadline, you MUST contact the UC campus to ask for an extension. All other required documents and exam scores, such as the AP exam scores, must arrive by July 15, 2017. Failure to submit required transcript(s) and documents on time may result in cancellation of your admission offer. The campus will contact you by email and post a warning in your online account if any documents are missing past the deadline. Make sure you check your email and online UC account regularly and update your email address with the campus if you change it (you may make the change through the online account).

Need more help? Check out the Next Steps for Transfers – Deadlines and Procedures for Fall 2017, a campus-by-campus chart of deadlines put together by the UCs.

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Advice to Help Ease Your Transition

Follow the advice below to ensure you have a smooth transition:

  • Take the minimum number of required units (usually around 12 or 13 units) your first semester or quarter; UC courses will likely go at a faster pace compared to what you are used to, so give yourself some time to acclimate.
  • Take the time to get to know your roommate/floormate/suitemate and make friends with people in your classes; having a good social network is an important part of your college experience. Explore the different extracurricular activities available to you on and off campus to gain new experiences and expand your network.
  • Show up at your professors’ office hours to talk to them. Find out about what kind of research they are doing or ask questions about the course materials. If you can’t think of anything to say, stick to simple inquiries like 1) recommendations for other reading materials that will help you in your courses (be prepared to actually read whatever the professors recommend so you can have thoughtful discussions of the materials with them the next time you go to office hours), and 2) how to prepare for the midterm or final. Once the professors put your face to your name, you will likely do better in the courses (brownie points for showing up to talk to them during office hours).

 
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  10 comments for “I GOT IN! Now What? (Freshman & Transfer)

  1. Justin
    May 1, 2017 at 9:37 AM

    Hi Ms. Sun. I’m really frustrated with UCI. All the UC’s have sent out their awards except for them. When will they release financial aid packages? I need to enroll in a summer class, but they want me to SIR first, but I can’t without knowing how much money they will give me. I’m also afraid they may reduce my aid package if I SIR early since that means I’m most likely going there, meaning they don’t have to give me as much money

    • Ms. Sun
      May 1, 2017 at 10:22 AM

      Is this for transfer admission? I believe the campus is required to provide you with financial aid offer before the SIR deadline, you should be able to find out when the information will become available from the financial aid office.

      • Justin
        May 1, 2017 at 9:03 PM

        Why do different UC’s give out different amounts? For ex, UCSD and UCSD covered all my tuition, while UCD and UCLA didn’t cover a penny

        • Ms. Sun
          May 2, 2017 at 1:01 AM

          I’m guessing you received merit scholarships from two campuses but not at the other two campuses.

      • Justin
        May 3, 2017 at 6:34 PM

        I want to SIR to UCI, but they haven’t released my financial aid package yet. Do u think SIR’ing early without them releasing my financial aid package could lead them to decrease my package amount since I already submitted the SIR? I am a transfer.

        • Ms. Sun
          May 3, 2017 at 8:39 PM

          Your financial aid is primarily determined by the FAFSA. Merit scholarships are usually awarded through another office.

  2. mohammad shams
    May 13, 2017 at 2:28 PM

    Hello Ms Sun.
    I was accepted as a transfer student for mechanical engineering to UC Berkeley and ucla. In high school I took A level exams for 4 subjects but did not report those on my application as I had taken community college courses and did not use the a level exams for college course credit. The university is asking for my high school transcripts and O/A level results. I have emailed my admissions officer to ask about this. Do you think I should be fine? Or could this be a problem?
    Thankyou

    • Ms. Sun
      May 14, 2017 at 11:01 PM

      You should be ok for UCLA (the campus has a preference for coursework over exam scores). I’m not sure how Berkeley will react (typically coursework that is “repeat” of exams will not count toward GPA calculation, so passing exam scores may affect your GPA). But your Berkeley admission officer should be able to “approve” you for something like this, so just make sure you get an ok.

  3. e
    May 22, 2017 at 4:21 PM

    Hi Ms. Sun, do you know if sending my AP scores to one UC campus will be shared with all UC campuses? I don’t want to pay extra for my scores to be sent to another campus if I don’t need to.

    • Ms. Sun
      May 22, 2017 at 8:36 PM

      The AP score report is not shared.

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