The Fall 2021 UC Application is open now. The application is somewhat optimized for mobile devices so you can fill it out on a mobile device in a pinch. But I recommend that you sit down at a computer to complete the application; the task is tedious enough without having to navigate on a small screen. Please remember that the application times out every 20 minutes; you must click “Save & continue” or “Sign out” to save your work within the 20-minute time frame.
Start the application as soon as possible to give yourself ample time to look through the application and gather the information you need to complete it. Check out my Get Ready for Fall 2021 UC Application post for helpful tips. You should also take a look at the consolidated application resources from the UCs:
I strongly recommend that you complete the various sections of your UC Application first before starting on the Personal Insight Questions, since the responses you write should supplement and enhance the information already contained in the various sections of the UC Application.
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If you are a nontraditional applicant (sophomore or senior transfer, second baccalaureate), be sure to search the check majors page to verify whether your major is open (or to see which majors are open for your status). You can also just start the application and pick your status (sophomore transfer, senior transfer, or second baccalaureate), then look in the “Campuses & majors” section – only the campuses/majors that are open to your status will be available for selection.
You may submit the completed application starting November 1. The last day to submit the online application is November 30. Make sure you review the entire application (last section of the application – “Review & submit”) thoroughly before submitting the application to spot and fix any formatting errors. There were bugs in the application system in previous years (some bugs, like the payment gateway crashing periodically, just became a “known issue” and didn’t get fixed), so keep an eye out for online chatter of such problems.
Consider setting the weekend before Thanksgiving as a soft deadline so you can avoid the last-minute rush. The UC Application server has crashed on occasion due to heavy traffic during the last few days of November; save yourself the stress and submit far ahead of the deadline.
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