How to Apply to the University of California Fall 2013

How to Apply to the University of California
Fall 2013
You can begin working on the Fall 2013 application online October 1, 2012, and you can submit it during
the priority-filing period (November 1-30).
A couple of important tips:
Remember to reference your transcripts so you can report your grades accurately on your application.
Freshman applicants must submit the following test scores:
The ACT Assessment plus Writing or the SAT Reasoning Test
The SAT Subject Test is no longer required for admission. However, you are welcome to
submit scores if you want to:
 Show your mastery of a particular subject.
 Plan to apply for a competitive major for which your preferred campus
recommends certain Subject Tests.
 Want to use Subject Tests to satisfy “a-g” subject requirements
 Two SAT Subject Tests in two different areas, chosen from the
following: history, literature, mathematics (Level 2 only), science or
language other than English
Students applying for admission to the fall term should take these tests no later than December of their
senior year. For more information including test dates, visit the ACT Web site at or
the SAT Web site at
To help you keep track of everything you need to do through the application process, follow this checklist:
• Report your test results. You may self-report your SAT and/or ACT results in the application, and you also
are required to submit official test scores. Please order score reports from the testing agency no later
than December 2012 for fall 2013 admission.
• Provide your e-mail address. Most campuses communicate with applicants by e-mail. Provide a reliable
e-mail account that you will check regularly and keep until you enroll. E-mail addresses must be no
more than 35 characters.
• Statewide Student, each K–12 student enrolled in a California public school is assigned an ID number. If
it’s not printed on your high school transcript, obtain it from your school counselor or registrar.
• If your parents claim you as a dependent on their tax return, ask them for their annual pre-tax income for
2011 and 2012. Refer to tax records or pay stubs. Siblings attending college away from home, should
be counted in the number of family members.
• Social Security number (if you have one). Your social security number helps to verify your identity and
match your application to your transcript and test score reports. It will be kept confidential.
• You must enter your country of citizenship (or "No Selection" for AB 540 students). If you select a country
other than the United States, you'll need to provide your immigration status and the type of visa you hold
(such as H-1, J-2, etc.).
• You will need a copy of your transcripts in order to enter courses and grades from all schools you have
attended, including any colleges where you have taken courses. Do not enter information from memory;
misreporting your academic record can jeopardize your admission. If you took advanced math and/or a
language other than English in middle school, you will need to tell us how many semesters you
NOTE: On the UC application record the grades earned exactly as reported on your
transcript; including “D” and “F” grades.
 For freshman applicants, a grade of C or better is required to fulfill a subject
requirement. “D” and “F” grades are not acceptable and must be cleared by
repeating a class.
 You must self-report ALL deficient grades and repeat grades on the UC
application, and the University will determine which grade will be used in the
GPA calculation.
• Consider your personal statement. The personal statement is an important part of your application for
admission. The University uses it to learn more about you as an individual. Early on in the admissions
process, review the questions that you will respond to in writing your statement, and give yourself time
to write, revise, and thoroughly proofread your statement before adding it to your application.
• Apply for scholarships. Use the UC application for admission to apply for all scholarships administered by
the University, including Regents scholarships. Many scholarship programs, including those
administered by University alumni associations, require applicants to submit additional materials. Still
apply for independent scholarships as well via:, and more.
• Pay fees. Pay application fees with a credit card when you submit your application. If you want to, you
may submit your receipt and payment via US Mail.
• Print a copy. Keep a copy of your application receipt and personal statement for your files.
• After the submitting your UC application, you may reopen your application to see if you have been
designated as Eligible in the Local Context (ELC). For more information regard ELC:
• Letters of recommendation. UC does not require or solicit letters of recommendation for undergraduate
admission. However, letters of recommendation may be required for certain majors to which you will
need to submit a supplemental application.
• Need help? If students have a question about the application process, call the application center at (800)
207-1710 (within the U.S.) or (661) 336-5723 (outside the U.S.) during normal business hours, or e-mail
[email protected] Application inquiries and payments to: UC Application Center P.O. Box
1432 Bakersfield, CA 93302.
Qualifying for a Fee Waiver - Fall and Spring
The University of California will waive application fees for up to four campuses for qualified students who
otherwise would be unable to apply for admission. Students who qualify for fee waivers and who select
more than four campuses must pay $70 for each additional campus choice. To be accepted for the fee
waiver program, you must meet specific requirements related to your family income and size.
You can apply for a fee waiver within the online application (this section can be found at the latter part of
the application) and be notified immediately whether you have qualified. To find out how to apply for a fee
waiver if you are filing a paper application to the University of California, follow this link (active October
After You Apply
You should receive e-mail from the UC Undergraduate Application Processing Service four to five weeks
after you submit your application. If you do not receive it, contact the processing service at
[email protected] or call (800) 523-2048.
Next Steps
Periodically review your student portal from each of the campuses you have applied to. The student portal
will provide a means to check your application status, financial aid award, update your personal
information, access your “To Do List” or “Checklist”, and other relevant information.
Making Changes After You Submit
If you decide to apply to additional UC campuses, send a written request to the application processing
service at this address:
University of California Undergraduate Application Processing Service P.O. Box 4010 Concord, CA
You must include:
• Application ID number
• New campus name(s)
• Major(s) to which you wish to apply
• Check or money order for $60 for each additional campus ($70 for international applicants),
payable to The Regents of the University of California.
You may not substitute new campus choices for your original choices. Your request will be honored only if
the campuses you choose still have space available. The processing service will notify you about whether
your application was accepted. Do not submit a second application form; it will not be processed.
The Personal Statement
In reading your application, we want to get to know you as well as we can. There's a limit to what grades
and test scores can tell us so we ask you to write a personal statement.
Your personal statement is your chance to tell us who you are and what's important to you. Think of it as
your opportunity to introduce yourself to the admissions and scholarship officers reading your application.
Be open, be honest, and be real. What you tell us in your personal statement gives readers the context to
better understand the rest of the information you’ve provided in your application.
A couple of tips:
Read each prompt carefully and be sure to respond to all parts. Use specific, concrete examples to
support the points you want to make. Finally, relax. This is one of many pieces of information we consider
in reviewing your application; an admission decision will not be based on your personal statement alone.
Instructions and Prompts:
Respond to both prompts, using a maximum of 1,000 words total.
You may allocate the word count as you wish. If you choose to respond to one prompt at
greater length, we suggest your shorter answer be no less than 250 words.
Stay within the word limit as closely as you can. A little over — 1,012 words, for example — is
Prompt #1 (freshman applicants)
Describe the world you come from — for example, your family, community or school — and tell us how
your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations.
Prompt #1 (transfer applicants)
What is your intended major? Discuss how your interest in the subject developed and describe any
experience you have had in the field — such as volunteer work, internships and employment,
participation in student organizations and activities — and what you have gained from your involvement.
Prompt #2 (all applicants)
Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to
you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person
you are?
Following the personal statement, there is a section called “Additional Comments”. Use this space – up to
500 words – to tell us anything you want us to know about you or your academic record that you have not
had the opportunity to describe elsewhere in the application.
Tips and Techniques:
Start early.
Allow time for reflection, thoughtful preparation and revision.
Choose a topic for each prompt.
Look critically at the information in your application: your grades, awards, activities and work experience,
family and income. Anticipate questions an admissions evaluator will have after reading your application.
The personal statement is your opportunity to answer those questions.
Compose your personal statement in a word-processing program.
Don't type it directly into the application. This way, you will have the opportunity to print copies for review.
Write in a natural style.
Present your information and ideas in a focused, thoughtful and meaningful manner. Support your ideas
with specific examples. A personal statement that is simply a list of qualities or accomplishments is
usually not persuasive.
In addition to checking your spelling, be sure your grammar is correct and your essays read smoothly.
Solicit feedback.
Your personal statement should reflect your own ideas and be written by you alone, but others--family
and teachers--can offer valuable suggestions. For additional feedback, you may submit a draft of your
personal statement to Alejandro Delgadillo, Associate Director of Admissions at UC Merced, via email at
[email protected]
Copy and paste.
Once you are satisfied with your essays, save them in plain text (ASCII) and paste them into the space
provided in the application. Proofread once more to make sure no odd characters or line breaks have
appeared. (If you submit a paper application, attach a copy of your personal statements. In the upper right
corner of each page, write your name and date of birth, and the words "Personal Statement.")
Ask advice of whomever you like, but do not plagiarize from sources in print or online, and do not
use anyone's published words but your own.
Things to Consider:
What The Reader May Be Looking For
In responding to the prompts above, readers carefully consider evidence provided in the personal
statement, as well as in the academic record and list of honors and achievements. For example, the
essay may reveal a level of maturity and ability to reflect on one’s life experience in relation to the larger
world that indicates a high potential to benefit from and contribute to the richness of the intellectual life of
the campus. Or it may reveal special qualities of leadership and initiative that indicate unique potential to
contribute to the intellectual, social and political life of the State and Nation.
Articulating Your Accomplishments or Activities
You may want to identify certain skills and/or talents that you have fostered or developed through various
academic or leadership activities:
A Special Talent or Skill (articulate how that has helped you in being the scholar or leader that
you are)
Sustained Achievement In a Field, Athletics, or Arts (something that demonstrates continuity of
Awards for Achievement
Special Interests (community service, leadership positions, intensive study, or other significant
experiences that demonstrate personal commitment to making a contribution)
College Entrance Examination Dates 2012-2013
SAT Reasoning and SAT Subject
Examination Dates
Registration Deadline
Late Registration Deadline
(Additional Fee Required)
October 6, 2012
September 7, 2012
September 21, 2012 (by mail, phone or
November 3, 2012**
October 4, 2012
October 19, 2012 (by mail, phone or
December 1, 2012
November 1, 2012
November 16, 2012 (by mail, phone or
January 26 2013
December 28, 2012
January 11, 2012 (by mail, phone or
March 9, 2013*
February 8, 2013
February 22, 2013 (by mail. phone or
May 4, 2013
April 5, 2013
April 19, 2013 (by mail, phone or online)
June 1, 2013
May 2, 2013
May 17, 2013 (by mail, phone or online)
* SAT Reasoning Only
** SAT Subject: Language Tests with “Listening” will only be given on this date
SAT Sunday testing is only available if you cannot test on a Saturday due to religious observance. Sunday
test dates immediately follow each Saturday test date. Testing on both Saturday and Sunday is not
ACT Exam Date
Registration Deadline
Late Deadline
(Additional Fee Required)
September 8, 2012*
August 17, 2012
August 18 – August 24, 2012
October 27, 2012
September 21, 2012
September 22 – October 5, 2012
December 8, 2012
November 2, 2012
November 3 – November 16, 2012
February 9, 2013*
January 11, 2013
January 12 – January 18, 2013
April 13, 2013
March 8, 2013
March 9 – March 22, 2013
June 8, 2013
May 3, 2013
May 4 – May 17, 2013
REMEMBER: UCs will not accept scores taken after December of senior year.
What to bring to examinations:
Admission ticket
2 Number 2 pencils and soft eraser
Photo ID
Acceptable calculator (graphing or scientific calculators)
Acceptable CD player (for Language Subject Test)
Nice to bring:
Extra batteries
Drink or snacks (for break times)
Test scores must be submitted for freshmen admission to the University of California: (Applicants 201314)
 SAT Reasoning and/or the ACT plus Writing. The SAT Reasoning score must be a
composite verbal and mathematics score from the same sitting. UC will use the highest
score from a composite SAT Reasoning or the ACT plus Writing.
 Two SAT Subject exams in two different subject areas: history, literature, mathematics
(Level 2 only), science or language other than English.
If you will be applying as a freshman to the University of California’s fall 2013 term, you must take the
necessary tests no later than December 1, 2012 for the SAT Reasoning Test and/or the ACT by
December 8, 2012. However, it is strongly recommended to take the exams in November instead of
December to ensure you can take the exam(s) again if needed.
Any withholding of SAT Reasoning or ACT scores may jeopardize your admission to any UC campus.
The UC recommends the immediate release of scores to ensure meeting deadlines.
For more information regarding SAT and ACT testing:
SAT Testing: College Board at
ACT Testing:
University of California Examination Requirements:
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The University of California Comprehensive Review
We spend time evaluating your academic achievements in light of the
opportunities available to you and your demonstrated capacity to contribute
to the intellectual life at UC. The 14 factors we weigh are:
Academic grade point average in all completed "a-g" courses, including additional points
for completed UC-certified honors courses.
Scores on the following tests: ACT Plus Writing or the SAT Reasoning Test, and two
SAT Subject Tests.
Number of, content of and performance in academic courses beyond the minimum "a-g"
Number of and performance in UC-approved honors, Advanced Placement, International
Baccalaureate Higher Level and transferable college courses.
Identification by UC as being ranked in the top 9 percent of the your high school class at
the end of your junior year (Eligible in the Local Context, or ELC).
Quality of your senior-year program as measured by the type and number of academic
courses in progress or planned.
Quality of your academic performance relative to the educational opportunities available
in your high school.
Outstanding performance in one or more specific subject areas.
Outstanding work in one or more special projects in any academic field of study.
Recent, marked improvement in academic performance as demonstrated by academic
GPA and the quality of coursework completed or in progress.
Special talents, achievements and awards in a particular field, such as visual and
performing arts, communication or athletic endeavors; special skills, such
as demonstrated written and oral proficiency in other languages; special interests, such
as intensive study and exploration of other cultures; experiences that demonstrate
unusual promise for leadership, such as significant community service or significant
participation in student government; or other significant experiences or achievements
that demonstrate the student's promise for contributing to the intellectual vitality of a
Completion of special projects undertaken in the context of your high school curriculum
or in conjunction with special school events, projects or programs.
Academic accomplishments in light of your life experiences and special
circumstances, including but not limited to: disabilities, low family income, first
generation to attend college, need to work, disadvantaged social or educational
environment, difficult personal and family situations or circumstances, refugee status or
veteran status.
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