The Fall 2019 UC Application is available online now. The application is NOT optimized for mobile devices. 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 squint at the screen. Please remember that the application times out every 30 minutes; you must click “PREVIOUS,” “NEXT,” or “sign out” to save your work within the 30-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 2019 UC Application post for helpful tips. Here are some additional UC resources you should look through:
- Presenting Yourself on the UC Application for Undergraduate Admission – Freshmen
- Presenting Yourself on the UC Application for Undergraduate Admission – Transfers
I strongly recommend that you complete the various sections of your UC Application first before starting on the Personal Insight Questions, since the response you write should supplement and clarify the information already contained in the various sections of the UC Application. Need help? Check out my UC Application Service (over the past six years, my clients were two to three times more likely than the average applicant to be admitted to a UC of their choice!).
If you are a nontraditional applicant (sophomore or senior transfer, second baccalaureate), be sure to check the closed majors page for any restrictions on the majors you are considering. The list is a little counter-intuitive (majors that are closed are listed), so you may have to study it for a while to figure out what is going on. You can also just sign up for the UC Application and select your status (sophomore transfer, senior transfer, or second baccalaureate); only the majors that are open to applicants with your status will be available for selection in the majors list for each UC campus.
You may submit the completed application starting November 1. The last day to submit the online application is November 30. In the past few years there were some bugs in the application system that took a little while to fix (some, like the payment gateway crashing periodically, just become a “known issue” and don’t get fixed), so keep an eye out for online chatter of such problems. Make sure you review the “Application Summary” thoroughly before submitting the application to spot and fix formatting errors (which happen quite frequently).
Consider setting the weekend before Thanksgiving as a soft deadline so you can avoid the last-minute rush; while the UC Application server does not crash often, it does hang or time out from heavy traffic during the last few days of November.
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