UC Counselors and Advisers Bulletin - November 2016

Application deadline extension for transfer students

Transfer applicants now have more time to apply! UC is doing all that it can to reach its goal of one new transfer student for every two new freshmen. While the priority deadline is still November 30, UC announced last week that transfer applicants will have until January 3, 2017 to submit their applications for admission. This extension does not apply to freshman applicants. Click below for more information.

Transfer admission application extension FAQ's

More application news

The fall 2017 application submission period has begun

The application cycle is fully underway and freshman applicants can submit their applications through Monday, Nov. 30 at 11:59 p.m. PST.  There is no advantage or disadvantage to the timing of a submission, as long as students submit their application on time.

For transfer applicants, the priority deadline is still Nov. 30 with a deadline extension of Jan. 3. Applicants should be advised that some majors may close on Nov. 30.

For all applicants, after the application is submitted, one can only make changes to contact information, update self-reported test scores, and complete application fee payments. 

3 + 4: Seven important reminders

Please keep in mind the following for freshman applicants:

  1. Test Scores: Official SAT with Writing/Essay, ACT with Writing, SAT Subject Tests and TOEFL scores need to ONLY be sent to ONE campus - UC will share scores with all campuses to which a student applies. IELTS scores, however, must be sent to each UC campus.  The SAT Subject Exams are not required, but encouraged for some majors.

  2. Test Dates in November/December: For students who will take exams in November and December they must:

    a. report planned SAT, ACT, SAT Subject, TOEFL, and IELTS test dates on the application

    b. then log back into their UC application to self-report scores after they are received

    c. order official scores from the testing agencies by the end of December.

  3. Fee Waivers: Fees for up to four campuses can be waived for qualified students. UC's fee waiver program, which is part of the UC application, is for U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and applicants eligible for AB540 benefits. UC also accepts fee waivers from The College Board and NACAC.  Waivers cannot be combined or used for more than four campuses.

The following are not required at the time of application submission:


    Transcripts: Official transcripts should not be submitted unless a UC campus directly contacts a student to request it.


  2. Official AP/IB Scores: Students must self-report all exams taken and only submit an official score report if they accept an offer of admission to one UC campus.  The official score report must be received by July 15.

  3. Letters of recommendation: UC does not require letters of recommendation. However, a campus may specifically request a letter or two directly from some applicants.

  4. SAT Subject Tests: UC does not require SAT Subject Tests to apply for admission. Specific programs at UC recommend SAT Subject Tests to demonstrate mastery in certain subjects.  Click here to see the optional SAT Subject Test recommendations.

UC Application Center hours

The UC Application Center is your students’ go-to resource for all application questions.

November hours (PST)

November 1–18: Monday–Friday, 8 am–10 pm
November 19–20 (Saturday & Sunday): Closed
November 21–23: Monday–Wednesday, 8 am–11 pm
November 24 (Thanksgiving Day holiday): Closed
November 25–27: Friday–Sunday, 8 am–11 pm
November 28–30: Monday–Wednesday, 8 am–midnight

December & early January hours (PST)

December 1–16: Monday–Friday, 10 am–6 pm
December 19–22: Monday–Friday, 10 am–6 pm
December  23–26: Closed
December  27–30: Tuesday–Friday, 10 am–6 pm
December  31: Closed
January  1: Closed
January  2: Monday, 10 am–8 pm
January  3: Tuesday, 10 am–midnight

(800) 207-1710 — toll free in the United States
(310) 513-2715 — outside the United States

UC Application Center
P.O. Box 1432
Bakersfield, CA 93302

University news

UC is affordable!

Did you know that most UC students receive some form of grant or scholarship, which is aid students do not have to pay back?  Please click the link below and read more from UC's Student Financial Support office on how students can afford UC.

Letter on UC's affordability

$200 million dollar grant to improve college degree rates for California's K-12 students

The new College Readiness Block Grant (CRBG) provides California schools and districts with an unprecedented opportunity. The CDE (California Department of Education) established the $200 million grant to provide more academic resources to California's high school pupils – particularly pupils who are English learners, meet federal eligibility requirements for free or reduced-price meals, or are foster youth. The grant is intended to increase the number of these students who enroll in college and complete a degree within four years. The funds can be used to enhance existing programs or develop new services and partnerships to help prepare students for college.

To help districts, schools, and counselors take part in this opportunity, go to UCOP’s Office of Diversity and Engagement webpage for information about the CRBG and a list of the many UC college-readiness resources.

Dates & deadlines

November 30: Application deadlines

> Freshman application deadline.

>Transfer application deadline

  • The transfer application priority deadline is Nov. 30.  Some majors may close after the priority deadline.

  • The extended transfer application deadline is Jan. 3. 

Oct. 1 - Mar. 2: FAFSA, Cal Grant, and California Dream Act filing period

The priority filing period for FAFSA, Cal Grant and California Dream Act applications opened Oct. 1 and runs through Mar. 2.

more on financial aid

Applying for UC's Blue & Gold and Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) financial aid programs

There is no separate application necessary for UC's Blue & Gold Opportunity Program or California's Middle Class Scholarship. Consideration for these programs is part of the FAFSA/California Dream Act/Cal Grant GPA Verification Form that is submitted by March 2.  To learn more about both programs, click the links below.

more on Blue & Gold Opportunity Plan

more on the Middle Class Scholarship

UC Application Center hours

November hours (PST)

Nov. 1–18: Mon.–Fri., 8 am–10 pm
Nov. 19–20 (Sat. & Sun.): Closed
Nov. 21–23: Mon.–Wed., 8 am–11 pm
Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving Day): Closed
Nov. 25–27: Fri.–Sun., 8 am–11 pm
Nov. 28–30: Mon.–Wed., 8 am–midnight

(800) 207-1710 — toll free in the U.S.
(310) 513-2715 — outside the U.S.


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