Starting this year, the UC Application submission cycle will open on October 1 instead of November 1. The application deadline will remain November 30. Before you submit, thoroughly check the “Review & submit” page by clicking on “Expand all” to see the application in its entirety. Keep in mind that you cannot initiate the submission process until status indicators for all sections are showing “completed” (a check mark instead of “To do”).
Generally I advise students to wait at least a week before submitting their UC Application. In the past, the UC Application sometimes experienced intermittent glitches when the submission cycle first opened. Give the UCs some time to discover and fix any bugs in the system (any complaints of bugs will likely show up in online discussion forums). Beyond that, make every effort to submit your UC Application by the weekend before Thanksgiving. In previous years, Thanksgiving week to the end of November often experienced issues with slow server response, server timeout, and server crashes.
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.
Do not panic if you run into problems with credit card payment during the submission process (this has been a recurring issue for the past several years). If the payment page freezes or crashes, simply restart your browser and log back into your UC Application to submit it. You just need to log back in to pay for the application fee after your payment status resets in 48 to 72 hours.
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