Updated February 24, 2021 with pandemic gap year resources (toward the end of the post.
When contacting the UCs regarding violations of the Provisional Admission Contract/Conditions, you are likely to receive one of two responses:
- You may receive a communication from the campus (usually an email) asking for an explanation. From what I heard over the last couple years, some UCs have loosened the enforcement of the contract/conditions (likely to reduce shrinkage of the pool of students who have committed to enroll). Keep in mind that how stringent each campus enforces the contract/conditions may vary widely each year. But, if you receive such a communication, a borderline plausible explanation will likely allow you to keep your admission offer from that campus (one that asks for an explanation rather than leaving you in limbo or outright cancel you).
- You may be informed that no decision will be made until after the final, official transcripts are received and evaluated. In this case, the campus is likely trying to better manage/control the enrollment numbers (uncertainty regarding the pool of students who have committed to enroll). This, unfortunately, puts you in a really bad position because acceptance revocation may not show up until mid to late August (at which point you will have zero alternative for the Fall term). If you are caught in limbo, here are some suggestions to help you prepare for the unknown:
- Start putting together your appeal in case your admission is revoked, especially if you had extenuating circumstances that affected your ability to do well in school. Gather supporting documents you may need to submit with the appeal such as official transcripts and/or medical records (illness).
- Explore and work out possible alternatives in case your admission offer is cancelled:
- Freshman Applicants – Apply to community college NOW! Fill out the necessary paperwork, take the assessment tests, and register for classes. You can always withdraw/drop and pay the nominal administrative fees (fairly cheap for a backup plan). Note: if you intend to apply to the UCs as a freshman applicant AGAIN next year, you can ONLY enroll for the summer term immediately after high school graduation; if you enroll in any regular terms (Fall or Spring, or Winter for community college that is on quarter system), you will become a transfer applicant and must abide to the transfer requirements.
- Transfer Students – Enroll in classes! Finish up any missing major prerequisites or find some easy classes to pad your GPA.
- Gap Year – If you can afford to pay, sky is the limit. If not, use these resources to help you plan a meaningful gap year:
- Gap Year Association (general gap year information, gap year planner, list of GYA accredited gap year programs, list of gap year program providers, and gap year financial aid information)
- Other opportunities are available through organizations such as Student Conservation Association, City Year, AmeriCorps, and Outward Bound
- Study abroad and exchange programs (many offer scholarships to cover part or all of the expenses) such as Youth For Understanding
- Not sure how to move forward with a gap year during the pandemic? Look for inspiration from How Students Have Spent Their Gap Year During COVID-19 or search “covid gap year” online for ideas and resources
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