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  • Presenting Yourself on the UC Freshman Application &Personal StatementFall 2013

  • OverviewTips for CounselorsStudent PreparationComprehensive Review of the ApplicationFilling Out the Application BasicsThe Importance of Accurate DetailsThe Personal StatementSubmitting the Application

  • Tips for CounselorsCreate your own applicationYearly improvements to the online application make it easier to completeApplication questions are intuitive:Only asks questions applicable to the student (may be based on answers from previous parts of the application)On the UC Application, record grades earned exactly as reported on your transcript, including D and F grades

  • Student PreparationPrepare earlyResearch materialsUse the checklist in the Apply Online to UC ApplyOnline_13-14_Freshman.pdfEmail communication is important!Apply broadlyBrainstorm specific concrete examples that you are proud of throughout high schoolGet reviews of your personal statement and revise, revise, revise

  • Application TimelineDate/DeadlineTask October 1-31UC Application OpensNovember 1-30 Submit online UC Application Late JanuaryUpdate December Test ResultsMarch Notification of Admission May 1 SIR (Statement of Intent to Register) Deadline FreshmanTo access the UC online application, visit:

  • Requirements vs. SelectionEvery UC campus gets the same applicationEvery UC campus you apply to will evaluate if you have met minimum admissions requirements with the same GPA and test scoresEach UC campus will review your application for admission individually using the information in the application

  • Comprehensive Review of the ApplicationWhat do the UC campuses look for?Good grades & test scoresWell-rounded studentsAssess the student within his/her contextNot just the personal statement; the full applicant and the full application are importantTake the time to fill out all of the application completely and accurately

  • Comprehensive ReviewGrade-Point AverageTest ScoresCourses Completed/PlannedHonors CoursesEligibility in the Local Context (ELC)Quality of Senior-Year Program of StudyAcademic Opportunities in California High SchoolsPerformance in Academic Subject AreasAchievements in Special Projects Improvement in Academic PerformanceSpecial Talents, Achievements, and AwardsParticipation in Educational Preparation ProgramsAcademic Accomplishment Within Life ExperiencesGeographic Location

  • Filling Out the Application BasicsContact information so campuses can communicate with youCampus selection Major selectionThere is a 30 minute time limit for each page of the application; click next or log out to save

  • ALL first-time applicants start here!Getting StartedThe filing deadline for fall 2013 is 11:59 p.m. PST Nov. 30, 2012.

    Returning users sign in

  • Use the progress bar to navigate to different sections of the applicationNavigatingRead commonly asked questions for helpful informationUpdate your e-mail or other account information using my UC applicationLearn what is in each sectionUse the buttons on the bottom to move from page to page

  • Start ApplicationAll applicants are required to disclose their social security number if they have one.

  • Choosing a MajorSelect a major, alternate major or no alternate majorClick on a college to expand the list of majors available and make your selection

  • Ranking San Diego CollegesRank the San Diego colleges in order of preference

    This will NOT affect your chances of admission to UC San DiegoYou must click on this link before ranking SD colleges

  • ScholarshipsBe sure to open and review each category of scholarships! Select scholarships that match your interests or characteristics (up to 16 total).

  • BiographicalStudents applying for EOP will be required to provide information on parent education, income and family size in the next steps of the Biographical section.

  • Biographical

  • Biographical

  • The Importance of Accurate DetailsPersonal informationAcademic historyExamination scoresActivities outside of school

  • Academic History 7th & 8th Grade

  • Academic History The application will search for your high school as you typeYou MUST list every school youve attended since ninth grade.

  • Academic History (high school)Easy-to-fix errors

  • Academic History (coursework)Self-enter a-g courses not on the UC-approved course list

  • Academic HistoryRemember to list community colleges even if you took only one class.

  • Academic HistoryUC transferable courses are pulled from the ASSIST databaseCA community college nontransferable courses can be self-entered

  • Test Results Make sure OFFICIAL scores are sent to at least one UC campusFall applicants must complete ALL required exams by the December test date

  • Activities and AwardsOther categories include Educational Preparation Programs, Work Experience, Awards & Honors, and Extracurricular ActivitiesApplicants are limited to five entries for each, so select the ones that are most meaningful

  • The Personal Statement2 Prompts, students must address both1,000 words total or lessView as personal interview on paper on the Tips box

  • Statement #1: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.

    Statement #2: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?

    The Personal StatementAdditional Comments:Use this space to tell us anything else you want us to know about you and your academic record that you have not had the opportunity to describe elsewhere in the application. Limit your response to 550 words or less.

  • The Personal Statement: Final ThoughtsStart early, get feedback, and REVISE!Define your motivation/momentum in topics you are passionate aboutDecisions are never made on the personal statement aloneAvoid some common mistakes

  • Submitting the application and next stepsInclude additional comments where appropriateDont forget to hit SubmitGo back into the application when you have updates

  • Review and SubmitBefore starting submit process, carefully review information on summary page

  • Review and Submit

  • Release and Application Integrity Statement

  • After You SubmitUpdate your account informationUpdate your test scores

  • UC Home Admission Requirements: Online

    UC Application Center (800) 207-1710 (within the U.S.) or (661) 336-5723 (outside the U.S.)

    Questions & Contacts

    *This PowerPoint presentation will help students prepare for the UC application by teaching them how to present themselves in light of UC readers expectations of qualified applicants. We want prospective students to feel confident in completing the online application that will provide us with comprehensive applicant profiles that goes beyond coursework, grades and test scores.

    First we will start with a few basic tips for counselors.

    *For counselors, we highly recommend that you log into the application and fill one out yourself so you know what students can expect. As long as you dont submit credit card information, you can complete the application until the step before payment/submission. Additionally, we advise you to:

    Take screen shots along the way and save for quick reference Keep track of the frequent questions listed to the right in each section. These are questions that your students may have.

    We have heard of an increase in counselors advising students to not list D/F grades. To clarify, UC requires students to report all D and F grades, regardless of if they have retaken that class. The Cal State applications tell students not to report these grades if they have been repeated. However, UC requires the reporting of all grades.*For students, we recommend the following:

    Begin preparing for the application now: You dont need to wait until it is available online Start by researching the campuses so you know where you will want to apply Gather materials Use an email that you will check regularly UC campuses are selective: Apply to different types of campuses throughout the system for your best chance of being admitted and finding a good match Take time to remember all the important things you have done throughout the last four years Your personal statement is important! Write it early, then have family, counselors, and friends review and give feedback *You can begin filling out the application on October 1st, but cannot submit it until Nov. 1st. Dont wait until Nov. 30th!!You may want to use a password spreadsheet because you will have a unique login at each UC campus to check your application status. Keep track of your user name and passwords!! Reply to requests in a timely mannerApplication fee= $70 domestic (CA and out-of-state) students; $80 for international (out-of -country students who are studying outside of the UC) students (price per campus)*Requirements: All campuses have the same minimum requirements to ensure that students are academically prepared to be successful at the university.

    Selection/Competitiveness: However, each campus receives more qualified applicants than it can admit and enroll. The selection process at each campus is necessary when more eligible applicants apply to a campus than a campus can admit. Each UC uses 14 points to evaluate applicants beyond just their GPA and test scores in order to select the applicants who would be best suited to their campus. This is what makes a student competitive in the applicant pool.

    Applicant Pool: Who are you applying against? Remind students that they are not just applying with students from their schools and communities, but also with students from small rural areas, high-income and college-going areas, out-of-state students, etc. Even if students think their backgrounds or situations are not worth explaining, they MUST explain it so UC readers understand them better. The readers need more than just a school name or city to get a better sense of the applicant. * First, its important to know how we review applications so that students know each sections purpose and the appropriate information to convey.

    In general campuses look for: Good grades & test scores Involvement, leadership Well-rounded doesnt mean a student has to do everything, but we like to see evidence of students being involved outside of the classroom in activities they are passionate about Evidence of hard work Campuses want to know if you can be a successful student on campus

    UC looks for students who have challenged themselves in many ways: Students are most successful at our campuses if they have shown academic promise through their grades, test scores and other academic pursuits. Each student is reviewed within the context of his or her available opportunities: If a student does well compared to peers within the same situation (school, environment, etc.) and uses the application to explain that context, the student will provide UC readers with a better understanding of the relative difficulty or ease in which the student completed what is presented on the application. We ask many questions as part of the application process so that we can get to know each student. Since there are no opportunities for interviews or recommendation letters, our goal is get a sense of students lives, interests and personalities through their applications. Students are only doing themselves a disservice if they do not completely fill out all parts of the application. **Each UC campus has a unique application and Comprehensive Review process developed by its faculty committee. Each campus may place a different emphasis or value on the information from the application in the Comprehensive Review process.

    What is comprehensive review? Process each campus uses to select freshman class ALL campuses use Comprehensive Review and have since 2002 Each campus can determine which type of Comprehensive Review is most appropriate (one example: single-score holistic review) Meeting minimum requirements/qualifications does not guarantee admission to campus of choice

    Comprehensive Review:

    UC evaluates applicants based upon more than GPA and test scores. Admissions officers consider a students academic achievements in light of the opportunities available as well as his or her potential to contribute to a campus Each campus may differ in criteria quantity and weighted value Students should visit each campus website for the specific selection process

    14 Faculty Criteria: A-g GPA including additional points for certified AP, IB and honors courses Test scores = SAT Reasoning Exam or ACT w/ Writing (SAT Subject Exams are optional, but recommended by some majors on some campuses) Number and content of a-g courses beyond the minimum Number of UC-certified AP, IB and honors courses (ELC) Top 9% of high school class Quality of senior year schedule (both classes in progress at the time of application and courses planned for 2nd semester) Quality of academic performance relative to educational opportunities available at high school Outstanding performance in one or more academic subjects Outstanding performance in one or more special projects in any academic field of study Recent marked improvement in academic performance demonstrated by GPA and quality of coursework Special talents, achievements and awards in a particular field, i.e. visual and performing arts, communication, athletics; Special skills i.e. demonstrated written & oral proficiency in other languages Special interests i.e. intensive study & exploration of other cultures Experiences that demonstrate leadership i.e. student government, significant community service Completion of special project in context of high school curriculum or in conjunction with special school events, projects or programs Academic accomplishments in light of life experiences & special circumstances Location of secondary school and residence Students should carefully fill out the entire application and that especially includes their basic information:Contact infoFamily info

    There is a fee waiver for up to four campuses, available online as part of the application

    Campus selection: Make decisions wisely, apply broadly

    Major selection: While campuses may allow students to apply undeclared, giving a major or majors of interest helps the application reader understand the students interests and may help provide context for the students achievements or extracurricular activities if they relate

    The application will automatically save information when you click next or when you log-out, but not when you close the browser without clicking next or log-out; there is a 30-minute inactivity period when the application will log you out (includes personal statement section too)**Create Your AccountNew users must enter a unique e-mail address and password You will use this same account if you apply for a later termIf your family has multiple applicants or has future applicants, different e-mail addresses must be used for each applicantYour password must be at least eight characters (and must have a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and/or symbols)Create a secret question/answer combination that you will rememberBe sure to keep login information safe and memorableOnce Create An Account is complete, you will receive an e-mail confirming the start of your applicationCampuses use e-mail to send critical, time-sensitive correspondence to applicants, so provide an e-mail address that you check regularly and plan to keep until you enroll in college Remember, you may need to adjust your e-mail filters to accept mail from UC addresses

    Review Common questions on each page Open/closed majors Downloadable Apply Online to UC brochure

    Log In First-time users start by clicking New Account On return visits, enter e-mail and password information under Sign In

    *Navigating the Application The highlighted step on the progress bar shows where you are currently in the application Each page has an Inside This Section and Common Questions area Use the Next and Previous buttons on the bottom of the page to save and move through the application. Dont use the browser navigation (i.e. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari). After youve completed the first step, Start Application, you can click on any of the top navigation boxes or steps in Inside This Section to move to the next step or jump ahead. Navigating to another page will save your work If you need to change your account information (e-mail, name, date of birth), you can do this in My UC application Sign Out stores your information when you take a break* If an applicant does not have a social security number, he/she may skip that item We use the SSN to accurately and reliably merge official ACT and/or SAT scores and the FAFSA with the application

    Citizenship and Social Security Number (SSN) You must select a country of citizenship or No Selection in the country drop-down Applicants who choose a country other than the United States will have follow-up questions on permanent residency and/or visa status (students who choose No Selection will not have follow-up questions) SSN is encrypted and kept secure*Choosing a MajorYou must select a major for each campus you chooseSelect an alternate major, if available (alternate majors not available at Berkeley), or select No Alternate Major at bottom of the listThe online application displays which majors are open/closed to your applicant levelAfter selecting major/alternate major, scroll to bottom of the page and click NextRepeat steps for each campus you selectedIf you find that most of the majors are closed, it may be that you have selected the incorrect applicant level or the open filing period has passedIf you hover over certain colleges/majors, additional information will appear (e.g. For major closed, it might recommend that the major is only open to upper division students and the student should apply to a different major)San Diego CollegesIf youre applying to UC San Diego, you must rank the colleges in order of preference to have the best chance of assignment to the college of your choiceYour ranking of colleges does not affect your admission to UC San DiegoBoxes to rank the colleges only appear once you click the Learn about UCSD colleges link (opens a pop up window)**Scholarship OpportunitiesRestricted scholarships are available to students with particular backgrounds or career goals. There are about 230 scholarships, with a dozen new scholarships this year. To make sure you are considered for these scholarships: Open each scholarship category to see the expanded list Review each scholarship and select if a characteristic applies to you You can select up to 16 choices Scroll to bottom and click Next to save your selections Research other campus-based scholarships in the link provided

    *Special CircumstancesMore information for foster youth is available on the UC Counselors websiteApplicants interested in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) will need to provide a brief statement, as well as parent education and income informationFamily Size and IncomeInformation about your parents education, income, and family size is used to provide contextual information about your home environment and for the application fee waiverThis information will not be used to determine residency status or financial aidYou can change income information before the application is submitted (not after), but cannot resubmit for fee waiver based on revised information*Family Size and IncomeMany students may not know if they are considered dependent or independent. If students select independent, this screen will appear to confirm they selected the correct applicant status. *It is very important for students to thoroughly fill out all sections of the application, since this is opportunity to tell each admissions officer about personal details that make each applicant unique.

    Accurate Details:

    Academic History: Needs to be accurate as we will check to make sure you inputted information correctly when we receive your transcript at a later time. This is an important part of the application since campuses will continue to be selective and look for strong academic indicators- Additional Comments box in the Academic History section: You can include additional academic items that you were unable to list elsewhere on your application Exam scores: Check campuses for recommended SAT Subject exams (SAT Subject Test recommendations: Activities outside of school:Dont abbreviate the names of clubs or awards: Spell them out and explain your level of involvement.Use the Worksheet that is a part of the Applying to the University brochure and is posted on the Counselor Conference website: dont have to list the same activity in multiple areas (for instance listing Honors Society in Awards and Honors and Extracurricular Activities), but make sure all of your activities are reflected in some wayIf you take care of siblings or in other ways support your family which does not allow you to take part in as many activities outside the classroom, either list it or let UC readers know in the personal statement. We understand that students are gaining valuable life experience and consider that as part of the comprehensive review. **Seventh/Eighth GradeIf you took advanced math (especially geometry an enforced requirement that cannot be validated by other coursework, effective 2015) or a language other than English in middle school and received a C or better, you can count these courses toward the a-g requirement.

    *High Schools Attended Select a location In California, US (not CA) or Outside the US Indicate specialized curriculum/year-round information, if applicable Start typing the name of your school. After three characters, matching schools will begin to appear. As more characters are entered, the match will become refined Select your school/code/location If no matches are present, complete the name of your school and click Add Remember to list every high school attended You will be asked for any colleges attended while in high school later in the application

    *High Schools Attended (continued) Select the grades you attended and the associated school yearEnter the dates of attendanceIf the school is the school you will graduate from, enter the certificate/diploma informationEnter the grading and term system for the schoolClick Add to save the informationThe school will appear in a table for edit/review*High School Coursework Courses are selected or entered by grade level beginning with ninth grade Enter courses and grades by selecting from the course list. To see the courses, expand each subject area. If you do not see your courses or your school does not have a UC-approved course list, enter the courses in the table provided When your entries for each grade level are complete, click Next to save and continue Repeat this process for each grade level, including 12th grade 12th grade course grades will default to IP In Progress and PL Planned For courses that are only one semester long, select No Course for the off term Include all repeated courses with D or F grades If you attended more than one school, make sure you enter courses under the correct school

    *Colleges Attended in High School If you took any college-level courses in high school, you will need to add the college information AFTER the high school information The process is very similar to entering the high school information

    *College Courses Taken While in High School If courses were taken at a California Community College, a UC-transferable course list will appear Select the course(s) taken, grade received (IP for In Progress, PL for Planned), and the a-g subject area for the course If the CCC course is not UC-transferable or courses were not taken at a CCC, you can enter the courses in the table provided*Test Results Reminder: All tests should be completed by December of senior year Report a completed or planned test date for the either the SAT Reasoning test or the ACT Assessment plus Writing If youve taken a particular examination more than once, enter your highest score If you have taken any SAT Subject Tests, enter your information so that it can be assessed as part of the comprehensive review*Activities and Awards (use worksheet at Categories include Coursework Other Than A-G, Educational Preparation Programs, Volunteer and Community Service, Work Experience, Awards & Honors, and Extracurricular Activities Each area is limited to five entries, so select ones that are most meaningful Enter details about each activity Average the number of hours you were involved in each activity on a weekly basis for the whole year 160 characters per entry for the description**Other examples of non A-G coursework ROP nursing careers courses, a Spanish immersion program or weekend Chinese school

    Quantify AND Qualify your experiences: What we look for with Comprehensive Review: Apart from coursework, test scores and grades, we consider personal accomplishments, life experience, and other special circumstances in making decisions about each applicant. We are looking for your passions and interests, and you can help UC admissions understand these better by giving examples in the Activities and Awards section. The personal statement is looked at to provide additional information about yourself in detail. In other words, that is where we look for the depth (vs. the breadth throughout the rest of the application).Overall, we look for commitment, progression, and leadership in students activities. We do not have a checklist of expected extracurricular activities, nor do we value some activities over others (basketball is just as valuable as band, community service, or a part-time job). We focus on students accomplishments within whatever activity they chose.*Talking Points: Students may allocate word count as they wish. If a student chooses to respond to one prompt at greater length, we suggest that the shorter answer be no less than 250 words. Do not compose your essay in the application. The application will time-out after 30 minutes of inactivity and your work may be lost. Typing will not register as activity. You must navigate to another page to save your work. Very important part of the application/selection process, but not the ONLY part! Personal Statements play a integral part of the application/selection process and should present additional information not previously reported on the application. The students response should supplement areas that warrant elaboration and provide context for information provided on the rest of the application. This is a students opportunity to showcase special talent, leadership, initiative, intellectual curiosity, etc. It can also be used to present any obstacles, opportunities, achievements and/or special circumstances *Personal Statement 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 Relax. This is one of many pieces of information we consider in reviewing your application. An admissions decision will not be based on your personal statement alone. Statement #1: Readers dont assume anything, so you must explain to them. Give specific examples of your experiences to back up your claims. Statement #2: What are you most proud of? What are you passionate about? How have you achieved what you have within your context? Additional Comments:- Give students guidance on what to put in Additional Comments- This is NOT a continuation of the personal statement- A good example of something that a student may choose to insert here would be something that affected their schooling but wasnt all encompassing. For instance, if a student had mono or switched schools during high school with only a small affect on his or her grades, then it might be more appropriate to use the additional comments section than the personal statement. However, in the same instance, if the student feels that mono or a school change dramatically affected them or is the thing to which shows best their dreams and aspirations (prompt 1) or their best accomplishment (prompt 2), then for that student it would be appropriate to write about it in the personal statement.

    Additional information to keep in mind:- Who are the admissions readers?- They don t know you, you dont know them, so you MUST explain what you mean- Write like you are speaking to a stranger, or a respected adult, and treat it like an interview- Make sure to explain your whole situation. This is your opportunity to draw connections among all of your experiences and to talk about all the hard work youve done. - Do not use general statements, use specific examples of your experiences to back up your claims- Do not use abbreviations Counselors: If a student wants you to review their application, make sure you ask them for a copy of their transcript and a copy of their extracurricular worksheet so you can:- Give feedback within the context they theyve presented- See if there are any gaps that need to be explained or something they list on their worksheet that might be a more compelling story than what they have written

    Avoid common mistakes like:- Generalities: Stick to facts and specifics you want us to know about yourself- Stretching the truth: Just be honest. Most lies reveal themselves to us in the admissions process.- Inappropriate use of humor. - Creative writing (poems, scene setting, or clichs)

    Other Tips and techniques: Focus on facts Be concrete Prove your points USE vivid, specific details EXAMPLES Help the reader get a visual Explain how you felt Show your Passion!!

    More tips in detail: Start early Allow time for reflection, thoughtful preparation and revision. Choose a topic for both essays. 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 persuasively. Present your information and ideas in a focused, deliberate and meaningful manner. Provide specific, concrete examples to support your point. A personal statement that is simply a list of qualities or accomplishments usually is not persuasive. Proofread. In addition to checking your spelling, be sure your grammar is correct and your essays flow smoothly.Solicit feedback. Your personal statement should reflect your own ideas and be written by you alone, but others family, teachers and friends can offer valuable suggestions. 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.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. 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.

    Special instructions for veterans & their families:Because UC is interested in knowing about your or a family member's military service, you may wish to use the personal statement to communicate the following:Describe how your military service has been instrumental in developing your educational plans.Indicate if you are entitled to educational benefits as a result of your own military service or the service-connected death or disability of a parent or spouse.Indicate if you are affiliated with the military, such as the spouse or dependent of someone who is on active duty or a current participant in an ROTC-type program.

    * Make sure you update your application if any information changes Respond to requests from the campuses, and if you get a new email address, make sure to update it promptly!**Review Summary Carefully review your information on the summary pages Check for sections marked In Progress, open sections to review and update the information by clicking Edit and returning to that step Completed means the section was visited and the minimal required information was provided. Thoroughly review the information to confirm that you didn't inadvertently skip a section Click Start Submission Process when you are ready to continue with the submission processAfter a student reviews the sections which they need to, he or she is prompted to read the Completeness Check screen and check to ensure they have entered everything which they intend to enter.**Signature Releases Review and check the release authorizations to share your application information with scholarship agencies, parent/guardian, counselors and/or UC organizations and alumni groups Electronically sign and date your application to verify accuracy and acknowledge you are the author of your personal statement The electronic signature also authorizes the release of your official test score to all UC campuses to which you applied. Official test scores need be sent to only one UC campus. Information in the application is subject to verification. If you are selected for verification, non-compliance will result in cancellation of your application UC feels very strongly about student integrity on the application. The new Statement of Integrity affirms that students have submitted accurate, complete and honest information that they themselves wrote or createdApplication Fees - $70 per campus for domestic students (both CA and out of state); $80 for international (with international academic records)Payment is required and is non-refundableThere are two payment options: credit card or checkThe University prefers credit card payments as it is the fastest and most efficient payment optionCredit card payments are handled in real-time by a reliable and secure electronic credit card processing gateway. The University does not collect or store any credit card information.If you meet low-income and family-size criteria, you may want to apply for a fee waiver (Criteria are the same for eligibility for the federal free/reduced lunch program)You may apply online for a fee waiver only onceIf you qualify for a fee waiver and have applied to more than four campuses, you must select a payment method (credit card or pay by mail) to pay the application fees for these additional campuses

    Update Your ApplicationYou can update personal information, add campus choices (depending on availability), make a credit card payment, and update self-reported test scores on the UC Application websiteIf you add or drop a course or fail to earn a C or better in a course, notify the admissions office at each campus where you appliedIf you enroll in a new high school or college after applying, notify the admissions office at each campus where you applied**Please note: This information has changed since last year. There are new phone numbers and email addresses, so make sure to update any of your resources.

    Download the Apply Online To UC brochure at (quick-start guide)

    What students can do starting in 9th grade to strive toward being a competitive applicant?Get involved! Especially in activities (both in school and out) that you enjoyTake your experiences to the highest level you can:-See if you can enter your science project in a science fairWork toward varsity or a leadership positionTake on more responsibility as you progress through your school work, activities, and family or community situationsWe value students who are appreciated in their community, so get involved, and seek out opportunities to be recognized for your contributions in whatever activity category you chooseSeek out challenges that you might not have access to at your school (Example: Take a class at a community college because your school doesnt have it and it really interests you)Tie your extracurricular interests to your academic ones (Example: You enjoy engineering, so youve helped you dad rebuild an old car/bike)


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