Submit Your UC Application Now!

Before you submit the UC Application, review the Application Summary page thoroughly by clicking on “View Application” to see the application in its entirety; what you see there will look relatively similar to what the application readers see when they review your UC Application. Ask a parent, a guardian, a friend, or your counselor (or a teacher) to look through everything to catch errors you may have missed. Keep in mind that you cannot initiate the submission process until all status indicators (the green dots) are showing “completed” (filled).

Keep in mind that Thanksgiving weekend will likely be chaotic. You can expect intermittent issues with slow server response, server timeout, and (although unlikely, possible) server crashes (and don’t forget the occasional natural disaster that tends to knock out power or internet toward the end of November, which has happened at least four times in the last 10 years).

If you already submitted the UC Application, log back in and review your submitted application to make sure there were no errors (for couple years, the system scrambled the Academic History section of some students). Contact the UC Application Center if your submitted application does not match the information you entered or if you catch any mistakes in the Academic History section: (800) 207-1710 (within U.S.) or (925) 298-6856 (outside U.S.), or by email at [email protected].

Freshman applicants – If you are taking the December SAT with Essay and/or ACT with Writing test(s), make sure you log back into the UC Application and self-report the December score(s) once you receive it. Many UCs will review the application with self-reported scores (although official score reports are required for verification). Promptly self-reporting your December score(s) can expedite the processing and review of your application.


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  4 comments for “Submit Your UC Application Now!

  1. Bill
    November 18, 2017 at 8:57 PM

    Hello Ms. Sun,
    I have a question concerning about extracurricular. A college counselor suggests me to put family responsibility in the extracurricular section and says that by doing this, I can show more hours and since there are too many applicants, hours matters more than the content. Is that at all true? Is being a club treasurer (40 hour) better or family responsibilities (280 hr/yr)?
    Thank you

    • Ms. Sun
      November 19, 2017 at 9:32 AM

      I agree with the act of putting family responsibility in the Extracurricular Activities section, but not for the reason the college counselor gave. If your family responsibility is significant, and it prevented you from participating in other activities (and/or it affected your grades), then you need to provide an explanation either in Additional Comments or as part of your Personal Insight Questions response. In that case, the entry in the Extracurricular Activities section signals the application reader that there is something unusual about your circumstance (NOT “hours matter more than the content,” as the college counselor puts it), and to look for that when he or she gets to the Personal Insight Questions section.

      • Bill
        November 20, 2017 at 4:09 PM

        Hello Ms. Sun,
        How do parents information and income play into the admission process? Is it true if one’s parents have higher education, their kids will have a smaller chance of being admitted?
        Thank you

        • Ms. Sun
          November 21, 2017 at 4:01 PM

          The UCs don’t make a decision about you based on your specific background, they evaluate you in context of your background. Someone who comes from a family of migrant farm workers that makes $14,000 per year will have different opportunities and challenges (that he or she hopefully discussed in the Personal Insight Questions) than someone from a family of professional, white-collar workers that make $140,000 per year. If you go to a school that is primarily composed of families that have professional, white-collar workers that make $140,000 per year, and you happen to be from a family of similar background, then you need to distinguish yourself from all the other students who have access to similar opportunities. If you go to that school, but you are from a family of migrant farm workers, then you need to explain how your background may have impeded your access to the kind opportunities your classmates all had.

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