UC Application Verification

Sounds like the UC Application verification requests went out yesterday (1/2/2018). Check the email address associated with your UC Application and be sure to check your spam/junk folder as well. The verification requests supposedly go out to approximately 10% of the applicant pool (both freshman and transfer applicants; randomly selected).

If you received a request, respond before the stated deadline; not responding will cause your UC Application to be canceled. Review the instructions carefully for examples of acceptable verification documents. If you are unable to provide proof for the selected item, reply to the request with a clear explanation of the reason(s). If the explanation is deemed acceptable, the UCs will choose a different item to verify.

The verification process does NOT delay review of your UC Application. Your application is being reviewed separately by each UC campus. The verification results are checked before admission decisions are sent out (admission decisions for those who failed to provide proof will be tossed).

Remember that this is a data verification request; anything that can definitively prove your participation will do (within the parameters of the instructions). There’s no need to go out of your way to get glowing recommendation letters, since the people reviewing the verification forms do NOT make admission decisions.

If a letter from someone is necessary to prove your participation, it’s perfectly fine that the letter just regurgitates the information on your UC Application. For example:

[School Letterhead]


RE: UC Application Verification

To Whom It May Concern:

Jane Doe participated in ABC Club from ninth grade to twelfth grade. She served as vice president of the club in eleventh grade and is currently serving as the president of the club. Please feel free to contact me at (213) 555-1234 if you require additional information.


Jane Smith
Faculty Advisor, ABC Club

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William Hsureply
January 03 at 11:01 AM

Hi Ms. Sun,

Does UC require all SAT score? If so, what should I do if I only sent the one with the highest score?

Thank you

Ms. Sunreply
January 03 at 11:01 AM
– In reply to: William Hsu

UCs ask for all scores, but there is no penalty if you only sent one.

Hoping for UCreply
January 03 at 08:01 PM

Who is the verification email from and what does it say? I’d like my son to search his inbox for the email address and key words, to make sure it he didn’t miss it. Do they send a reminder if they don’t hear from you? Thanks!

Ms. Sunreply
January 03 at 08:01 PM
– In reply to: Hoping for UC

Last time someone sent me a copy of the verification request, the email address on the request was docs@applyUCsupport.net. But that was a while back, so I don’t know for sure if that is still the case. You should get a reminder before the request deadline (usually at the end of January).

Hopeful Studentreply
January 07 at 11:01 AM

Besides the UC Application verification requests, do the admissions use any other method for verification, such as calling places I volunteered, etc? I’m worried that there might be miscommunication in cases like that.

Ms. Sunreply
January 07 at 05:01 PM
– In reply to: Hopeful Student

The systemwide audit is the only “regular” verification in place. Some UCs have indicated that targeted audit may be initiated, but I have never heard of such cases (doesn’t mean it never happens, I just never heard anyone mentioning it).

Jason McCluskeyreply
January 09 at 05:01 PM

Do you know whether all the requests went out on the 2nd, or whether they’ll be sending them throughout the month of January?

Ms. Sunreply
January 09 at 09:01 PM
– In reply to: Jason McCluskey

According to the most recent UC Counselors and Advisers Bulletin (which I will post soon), all of the requests supposedly went out toward the end of December.

January 16 at 02:01 AM

Hello, I recently had a schedule change for my 2nd semester of senior year. I stated on my UC application that I was going to drop a class in my 2nd semester, however I ended up finding space on my schedule for the class. I will be taking that specific class that I stated I was going to drop on my UC application. How do I go reporting this to UCs? Do I email all 8 UCs I applied to? I emailed docs@applyUCsupport.net my schedule change already. Is that enough?

Ms. Sunreply
January 16 at 10:01 PM
– In reply to: Richard

For the UCs that give you the option to send a message or an update through your applicant portal, go ahead and send an update about the class.

Calixta Padillareply
February 04 at 08:02 AM

I was one of the chosen to verify something on my application. I sent in the information and recieved an email saying they have received my information and will notify me when everything is complete within the next 72 hours. It has been 15 days. Should I be worried?

Ms. Sunreply
February 05 at 10:02 AM
– In reply to: Calixta Padilla

Why don’t you reply to the email and ask whether the verification is complete?

A Studentreply
February 06 at 10:02 PM

Hi Ms. Sun, what I can’t provide the documents requested because I made a mistake? For example, putting that you participated in EAOP in the extracurriculars section instead of EOP?
Thank you. Your blogs are so helpful!

Ms. Sunreply
February 07 at 02:02 PM
– In reply to: A Student

They are basically the same thing. State that you selected the wrong program by mistake and provide proof for the program you participated.

A Studentreply
February 07 at 03:02 PM
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

Do you think they’ll request another different type of verification even if I submit proof of enrollment for the program I meant to put in?

Thanks a lot!!

Ms. Sunreply
February 08 at 08:02 AM
– In reply to: A Student

Provide an explanation of the error and provide the proof. If they want to verify a different item, they’ll let you know. These are people and they understand that mistakes sometimes happen. Be reasonable and courteous, and you’ll be fine.

April 03 at 02:04 PM

Hi Ms. Sun,
Do UCs ask for verification of achievements and other extracurriculars after we accept their acceptance offer?

Ms. Sunreply
April 04 at 10:04 AM
– In reply to: Lulu

The only established verification is the random audit in January. But UCs can do whatever they want, so don’t do anything that might rouse suspicion.

Any Questions?