UC Transfer Academic Update Priority Deadline is This Sunday!

Remember that the priority deadline for the Transfer Academic Update is this Sunday, January 31, 2021. Final grades for Fall 2020 submitted by the deadline will be calculated into your GPA for admission evaluation. You may continue to update your grades, in-progress courses, and/or planned courses for Winter and/or Spring term through the Transfer Academic Update until the end of March, but the UCs do not guarantee consideration for grades or changes submitted after the priority deadline.

Please note that ONLY FALL GRADES will be included in the GPA used for admission evaluation; any 2021 winter intersession or spring short term courses, even if the grades become available before January 31, 2021, will NOT be included in the GPA used for admission evaluation (although I recommend updating/including them, especially if they are for your major prerequisite requirements and/or can help boost your academic profile). To complete the Transfer Academic Update, simply log back into your UC Application.

Berkeley requires a separate update which can be accessed through MAP@Berkeley. Berkeley transfer applicants MUST complete BOTH the UC Transfer Academic Update and the MAP@Berkeley update in order to be considered for admission.

Keep in mind that some UC campuses may hold you accountable for planned summer courses (and cancel your admission offer when you don’t come through; I have heard of a few instances of such cancellations). Do NOT put down summer courses unless you know for sure that: 1) the courses will actually be offered, and 2) you are fully committed to completing the courses.

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February 25, 2021 at 7:30 am

Is it necessary to update winter term grades if it doesn’t really matter? I am just wondering because I reported that I was taking a winter class in my priority deadline TAU, so I was wondering if I would need to update it now? Would I be okay not updating it and just sending in my transcripts when accepted instead?

Ms. Sunreply
February 25, 2021 at 1:10 pm
– In reply to: J.

If you received an A, updating the UCs could potentially nudge you toward an acceptance offer (while Winter grades are not included in the GPA calculation, a good grade would make a good impression on the admission officer reading your application). But if you don’t have an A or if the course is not a major prep or related to your major, or if you took it P/NP, then reporting the grade is not going to make much of a difference.

March 3, 2021 at 11:52 am


Today I got an email that said:

“We have received your University of California Undergraduate Application for Admission and Scholarships. Thank you for your interest in our campus. We are in the process of reviewing your application. In order to proceed with our review, you must submit an online University of California Transfer Academic Update. Our records indicate that you have not submitted this information yet.

After applying, transfer students are required to update their winter grades and course records. You must provide your final grades from the previous term and list all courses in progress or planned for the term(s) before you expect to enroll at UC. Your updates will ensure UC campuses have the most current academic information available.

Please go to https://apply.universityofcalifornia.edu/my-application/login immediately. Failure to submit this information within 5 days may cease our review of your application for admission.”

My question is that I submitted my TAU on January 6th. I didn’t update my winter grades, but now it is saying I didn’t submit my TAU. Is it just because I did not put down my winter grades on my TAU? Is this a big deal or am I okay? I already submitted a new TAU just now, so it is before 5 days.

Ms. Sunreply
March 3, 2021 at 1:21 pm
– In reply to: J

When you logged into your UC Application again, you should’ve seen when you last submitted your TAU. Looking at the email, my guess is that the UCs wanted to see your Winter grades (why you are getting this notice) and the message just wasn’t worded correctly to reflect that.

UCs usually want to see your Winter grades if you were taking major preparation, English or math (to meet/finish minimum transfer requirements), or if you are at the edge of meeting minimum unit requirement.

March 3, 2021 at 3:11 pm

That’s interesting to hear. All of my major prep was completed before Fall 2020, and I was far done with the english and math requirements. It might be because of the units, but I am on track to finish 64 UC transferable courses by the end of Spring quarter. Is this something I should be worried about? Or are they simply asking for grades and it’s no big deal? I got an A in the class, so I assume that should help my chances, but I’m just wondering why they said it is “required” when I thought only Fall grades were taken into consideration.

Ms. Sunreply
March 3, 2021 at 6:21 pm
– In reply to: J

I have heard, on a number of occasions (at UC Counselor Conferences), that the admission officers get a bit concerned about students who are right at the edge of 60 semester units (one class goes wrong and you become ineligible for junior-level transfer). It’s not anything against you personally, it’s just they’ve seen way too many students who are overly optimistic and then face plant, and the odds make them nervous (admitting a student and then having to cancel the admission offer because the student didn’t meet the minimum unit requirement creates more work for them).

I wouldn’t be surprised if the person sending you the message was just reusing a template and forgot to change the wording (I’ve done that on emails to students once or twice). It’s also possible that you have a Winter course that is articulated or considered “recommended” for your major.

I consider 64 semester units to be a little too close to the edge. So maybe you want to just say something in Additional Information (should be open in TAU still) that your Spring schedule is confirmed and you anticipate completing all of your classes successfully, just to reassure the UCs.

March 18, 2021 at 4:23 pm


I just added two new courses to my schedule, so I updated my TAU (3/15/21). Now I am hearing that updating my TAU will put me at the bottom of the barrel so to speak when UCs are making decisions. Is this true? If so, what can I do to essentially help myself back up to the priority list I was on before I updated? Thank you so much!

Ms. Sunreply
March 18, 2021 at 4:42 pm
– In reply to: Nicole

Who is saying that and does that person go to every UC Counselor Conference/ETS every year for the last 12 years and take meticulous notes at every session like I do? (If so, I’d like swap notes; if not, pshaw!)

Based on how it was described by transfer admission officers at these conferences, every time you resubmit the TAU, they get a little “pop up” notification. From what I understand, they’ll just let it go if they haven’t reviewed your application (because they’ll just see the revised TAU when they do review your application) and they’ll scan through your application again if they already reviewed it (to see if the update may change the decision).

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