Applications for UC schools opens on November 1st, 2021 and must be submitted no later than November 30th, 2021. Don't leave it for the last minute!
What you can do prior to the opening date: Work on your personal insight questions! You must pick 4 out of the 8, pick the questions that are going to best showcase the kind of person and student you are! Each response is limited to a maximum of 350 words. These questions are for the schools to get to know you and to see if you'll be a good fit for their school, there is no right or wrong way to answer these questions. It's about getting to know your personality, background, interests and achievements in your own unique voice.
You will be able to have the opportunity to work on your application as you see fit (maybe break it down each day), as long as you complete the page you are working on and "save and continue" your work will be saved!
Let's break down your UC Application! This will give you more insight on what to expect when you begin your application!
When you begin your UC application the beginning is all about YOU! You will see this drop down menu and you will go through it step by step. You should be able to answer these questions on your own, but you are most likely going to need your parents assistance on the Your Background, Your Household and Parent Information tab.
Personal information: We'd like to know your legal name - the name that appears on official documents, like your birth certificate, passport or driver's license - and your preferred name, if you have one. A preferred name is the name you wish to be known or identified by that is different than your legal name
Contact information: This address is your permanent address. It’s most likely where your parents or legal guardians live. If you’re an international student, please enter your home country address.
Citizenship & Residency: You will need your social security number for this section! If you don't know it, ask your parents! But don't share this number with anyone else!!
Demographics: Providing demographic information does not affect your chances of admission. We collect demographic information for statistical purposes only. UC's want to understand the diverse racial and ethnic background of their students!
In the next two pages, we want to know about your life outside of the classroom, including your family and background. This information gives us a better understanding of your home environment, and helps us determine if you're eligible for certain programs, scholarships or the application fee waiver.
UC Values: Now that we’ve learned a little bit about you, we want to tell you about what’s important to us — our community and values.
Term & Level: Make sure this information is correct! You are planning to apply Fall/Quarter/Semester 2022 and your application level is Freshman (Currently in high school)
Choose Campuses: You can apply to 4 campuses for free! If you apply to more than 4 campuses, each additional campus will cost $70, which you'll pay once you submit your application! Research these campuses, the location, cost, is this going to be a good fit for you?
Choose Majors: You'll need to select a major for each campus you're applying to! Research what majors you are interested!
Your academic history — essentially, the courses and grades from all schools you've attended while in high school — is just one of the factors we look at to ensure you're prepared for college-level work.
If you took high school-level math or language other than English in middle school (7th and 8th grades), you will have a chance to report those courses and grades in this section.
Make sure you refer to your transcripts (or academic records) as you fill out any information — don't enter information from your memory. It's important to report all of your schools, courses and grades exactly as they would appear on official transcripts or academic records.
You will be entering your grades for each year in high school, you will need to add every course/subject and the grade for each semester. If you took an AP course in high school you will select AP in the "Honor Typer" tab.
If you need your unofficial transcripts to fill this section out please see the Career Center, Ms. Gonzalez will gladly help you with that!
There will be a tab where you can add if you've taken any courses through LMC!
Addition Information: You will need your California State Student ID number, this can be found on Aeries but if you have trouble locating it Ms. Gonzalez can help you!
Here you can add test scores including ACT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests, AP exams, IB exams, English language proficiency tests, and International Exams.
**UC will not consider SAT or ACT test scores when making admissions decisions or awarding scholarships. If you choose to submit test scores as part of your application, they may be used as an alternative method of fulfilling minimum requirements for eligibility or for course placement after you enroll.**
ACTIVITIES & AWARDS:
You've told us what you did inside the classroom, and now you'll have the opportunity to tell us about what you're most proud of outside the classroom. We're looking for quality, not quantity — which means that even though you'll have room to tell us about 20 activities and awards, make sure to focus on the ones that are most important to you. Choose experiences that demonstrate commitment, responsibility, leadership, and most of all, genuine interest.
SCHOLARSHIPS & PROGRAMS:
You can apply to a number of UC scholarships (that means free money) right here in the application. The scholarships listed below are awarded to students with specific backgrounds, academic interests or career objectives. If you don't see any categories that are relevant to you, don't worry. In addition to these scholarships, each campus and many alumni associations award a variety of scholarships that recognize students' achievement and potential.
The personal insight questions are about getting to know you better — your life experience, interests, ambitions and inspirations. Think of it as your interview with the admissions office. Be open. Be reflective. Find your individual voice and express it.
Here is a YouTube video on how to answer UC's Personal Insight Questions
REVIEW AND SUBMIT:
Here's your chance to review all of the information you've entered in the application.
If you've skipped or missed any required questions, you'll see a "To do" button next to the page below.
Before you submit your application, you should review all the pages and sections below, even if they are marked as complete (indicated with a checkmark). Remember, we want to learn as much about you as possible — so it's a good idea to fill out as much as you can and review all the information you'll be sharing with us.