Get Ready for Fall 2019 UC Application

The Fall 2019 UC Application will open on August 1, 2018 at 9 AM PDT. Think ahead and start gathering the information/documents you will need to complete the application form.

Students often complete the application form as an afterthought (after they spent months crafting the “perfect essay”). In my opinion, this is a huge mistake! The application form is an integral part of the overall presentation of your qualifications and should be treated as such. For the UCs, in particular, your response to the Personal Insight Questions (PIQ) should supplement and enhance the information contained in the application form. I highly recommend that you complete all sections of the UC Application in conjunction with or before you finish composing your PIQ response. Need help? Check out my UC Application Service (over the last six years, my clients were two to three times more likely than the average applicant to be admitted to a UC of their choice!).

Information and documents you will need to help you complete the UC Application:

  • Transcripts – You know the admission cancellation horror stories you are hearing right around now? You can avoid that by having a current copy of your transcript(s) in front of you while completing your UC Application.
  • Test Scores (Freshman Applicants) – The UCs do NOT superscore! (I have heard of one instance of admission cancellation due to the student putting a superscore on the application; don’t try your luck.) You have until December to take the required test (either SAT with Essay or ACT with Writing) and any recommended SAT Subject Tests.
  • Family Income – Required if you are applying for application fee waiver. You’ll need last year’s income information (2017) and this year’s (estimated 2018).
  • Social Security Number/Citizenship Status – I’ve heard of cases where students found out they were undocumented when they began filling out college applications. While Social Security Number is OPTIONAL, you should have it handy if you have one (makes matching your documents MUCH EASIER), or get your DACA paperwork going if you haven’t already.
  • California Statewide Student ID – I still don’t know why the UCs ask for this (the information is optional but should be somewhere on your transcript).
  • Extracurricular Activities List – The UCs ask for the activities in a very specific format (see freshman and transfer extracurricular sections from last year’s UC Application for an idea of the format and the information requested). Start compiling your activities and figuring out your hours now because this task will take much longer than you expect.
  • Technical Requirements – Make sure you have a compatible browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer 8 or higher, Chrome 6 or higher and Safari 5 or higher) and JavaScript enabled.

Find additional information at UC Admissions – About applying online.

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