Fall 2021 UC Admissions Next Steps
After You Apply
- In January, students will be sent an email about completing the “Transfer Academic Update” (TAU).
- UC requires that all transfer students complete the TAU!
- Transfer applicants should log back into their application and click on the Transfer Academic Update link on the Application Status page to submit their fall 2020 grades and confirm or update their winter/spring/summer 2021 schedules.
- TAU deadline is January 31.
- Failure to submit a TAU by the January 31st deadline may jeopardize a student’s chances for admission.
- Need help? Attend a Transfer Center Zoom Drop-in Session. For hours, check the TC Homepage.
Transfer Application Guide 2021-2022
Application - Tech Support
Personal Insight Questions (PIQ) Help
UC Application PPT
UC Application Videos
UC Pathways and Pathways+
If you have questions, please contact the application help desk:
Or call the UC Application Center:
- Within the U.S.: 800-207-1710
- Outside the U.S.: 925-298-6856
Help Desk hours:
- Monday-Friday: 10am-6pm PST
- Saturday & Sunday: Closed
November & December hours:
- November 1-22: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. PST
- November 23-25: 8 a.m.-11 p.m. PST
- November 27: 8 a.m.-11 p.m. PST
- November 28-30: 8 a.m.-midnight PST
- December 1: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. PST
Closed on the following holidays:
- November 26, December 25 & January 1
UC Application: Step-by Step Instructions
- These application video guides are directed to Freshman applicants. However, Transfer students will also find the general application information helpful.
- Transfer applicants will only need to enter the name of High School and attendance dates. No entering of HS coursework is required.
- The videos are hosted by UC Santa Barbara but the information provided will work for applying to all UC campuses.
STEP 1 - Overview
This video will give you an overview of the UC application
STEP 2 - About You
This video covers the "About You" section of the application
STEP 3 - Campuses & Majors
This video will show you how to select the UC campuses and majors.
Note: at the 2:00 minute mark in this video, it informs you that you may choose "Undeclared" as a major. This is true only for Freshman applicants, and not for Transfer students. Please speak with a Transfer Center Counselor if you have questions about this.
STEP 4 - Academic History
This video will show you how to enter your Academic History, but most of this video talks about entering HS courses which Transfer students do not need to do.
STEP 5 - Test Scores
This video will show you how to fill out the Test Scores section of the application.
STEP 6 - Activities & Awards
This video will show you how to list your Activities and Awards.
STEP 7 - Scholarships and Programs
This video will show you how to work through the Scholarships and Programs section of the application.
STEP 8 - Personal Insight Questions
This video will talk about the Personal Insight Questions and provides good tips on writing your answers. The questions listed in this video are for Freshman applicants. This is the list of PIQs for Transfer Students.
STEP 9 - Review and Submit
This video will show you how to Review and Submit your application.
Transfer Pathways: Your roadmap to UC's most sought-after majors
If you’re a California community college student and know which major you want to study, you can follow one of UC’s Transfer Pathways to start preparing for your major and keep your UC campus options open.
As a clear roadmap for your major, a Transfer Pathway offers a single set of courses you can take that will transfer to UC campuses. Use the Transfer Pathways Guide to view what courses at City College of San Francisco will fulfill specific expectations of a Transfer Pathway.
For information about UC transfer admissions requirements and full descriptions of all the Transfer Pathway course expectations, check out the UC Admissions website.
UC also encourage students to consider participating in our new Pathways+ program which extends a guarantee of admission to students who complete a Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) and complete the course expectations of a Transfer Pathway.
UC - 2 out of 3 transfer students who apply to UC get in!
How did they do it? By knowing UC is possible!
This video will give you a quick overview of the UC Application.
Dates & deadlines
You can start working on your fall application as early as August 1, and submit it by November 30.
Application filing periods
Fall quarter/semester: November 1–30
Winter quarter/spring semester: July 1–31
UC Berkeley and UC Merced are on the semester system calendar while all other campuses are on the quarter system calendar. All campuses are open for the fall term.
What you'll need
It's a good idea to have everything prepared before you start your application so you're not trying to track down information at the last minute.
Here's what you'll need:
- Transcripts. Don't submit your transcripts to UC at this point, but refer to them as you fill out the application to ensure the information you enter is accurate.*
- Test scores. Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, TOEFL or IELTS exams - if applicable.
- Annual income for last year and the current year (your parents' if you're a dependent; your income if you're independent). This is optional unless you're applying for an application fee waiver or for the Educational Opportunity Program.
- Social Security number, if you have one. We use this to match your application to things like your test score report, final transcript(s) and, if you're applying for financial aid, your Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
- Citizenship status. You must enter your country of citizenship (or "No Selection"). If your country of citizenship is outside the United States, you'll need to provide your immigration status and your visa type.
- Credit card. If you prefer to pay by check, you can mail your payment.
* Veterans or active-duty military personnel: If you completed courses offered by a branch of the U.S. military, you may indicate your intention to submit your military transcript by checking the box in the "About You" section of the application. If you are admitted and accept an offer of admission, you can then submit official military transcripts (e.g., ACE, SMAART) to the UC campus.
Apply to more than one UC campus.
This will significantly increase your chances of being admitted to the UC system. While you may not receive an offer of admission from your first-choice campus, all of our campuses — without exception — provide outstanding opportunities for you to learn and grow.
Submit only one application per term.
Submitting multiple applications will cause a processing delay.
Apply on time.
You can fill out the application in as many sessions as you want. Just remember to submit it by Nov. 30 (for the fall term).
Transcripts & letters of recommendation
Don't send ofﬁcial transcripts when you apply. If you're admitted to UC, then you must submit ﬁnal transcripts to your campus admissions ofﬁce.
UC does not require (nor read) letters of recommendation at the time of application. A campus may ask for them later as part of a supplemental review, so be sure to check your email.
Good to know
Because the pool of students who apply to UC is different every year, the level of academic performance necessary for admission to a particular campus or major is different, too.
Acceptance rates depend on the number of applicants, their academic qualifications and the spaces we have available.
Application fees & waivers
The application fee is $70 for each UC campus ($80 for international and non-immigrant applicants). You can make your payment either by credit card or by mail, just be sure follow the instructions in the application.
Once your application has been submitted, you are expected to pay for all your campus choices, even if you cancel your application at a later date. The application fees are non-refundable.
UC will waive application fees for up to four campuses for qualiﬁed students who would otherwise be unable to apply for admission. The fee waiver program is for United States citizens, permanent residents, and applicants eligible for AB540 beneﬁts.
Fee waivers can’t be applied to more than four campuses, regardless of their source (e.g. UC, CollegeBoard/SAT). If you apply to more than four, you’ll need to pay $70 for each additional choice.
Applying for a fee waiver
You can see if you automatically qualify for a fee waiver within the application. If you enter your family size and income in the “About you” section, you will see if you’ve qualified for an application fee waiver when you select your campuses in the "Campuses & majors" section (a message will appear on that page with real-time feedback about how many campuses you can apply to for free).
Filling out the application
Even though applying to UC is an exciting time in your life, it can also be daunting. But we're here to reassure you - we're not looking for perfection. We want to know about your passions and life experiences...everything that makes you, YOU.
Our application is designed to capture all of this and more.
Personal insight questions
Our personal insight questions are about getting a better sense of who you are. Take time to think about your life experience, ambition and inspiration. It’s just one small part of your application—but it’s a great chance to introduce yourself, and make an impression.
How applications are reviewed
We know you're more than just your grades and test scores. Using a process called comprehensive review, we look at how hard you've worked to take advantage of the opportunities you've had to excel at school, in your favorite extracurricular activities and in your community.