You did it! You got your UC application in, you’re on track, you’ve covered all the bases. Or maybe you’re just starting out and everything is totally overwhelming. Either way, take a deep breath and congratulate yourself on getting the application in, or having the determination to start the process and ace it. Below are some of the more common smaller issues that might need clarification.
Can I correct bad grades?
Bad grades can often be corrected. You can retake a class one additional time if you got a C-, D, F in the course. Just remember, the last letter grade will be the one calculated by the UC. If a class has a letter grade at C- or below, and then is retaken for P/NP the letter grade will be counted. A P/NP is never counted if there is a letter grade anywhere in the sequence. To calculate your GPA, click here.
What is Academic Renewal?
If you had a bad patch at any college you can submit for Academic Renewal, assuming the college with the bad grade offers that option. Depending on the rules of that campus, AR lets you either cherry-pick courses with C- or below to erase, or will allow you to erase only entire terms (meaning a B grade in the term will also be erased). Each campus has its own protocol to qualify for AR, but once approved, an “AR” will show on your transcript and will not factor into your GPA.
What are My Waitlist Chances?
Getting on to a waitlist is the same as being relegated to limbo. Do they want you or do they not? Waitlists historically have had a low admit rate, but recent manipulation of waitlists to improve a school’s yield (number of admits who actually enroll) may be raising the figures, although I have not seen this with the UCs. Here are some blog posts on waitlists.
Should You Appeal?
You put up a noble fight but came up short. It’s overwhelmingly devastating. Should you appeal or move on? If you choose to appeal you must have new and compelling information, or (and I have seen this successfully applied) you must adequately rebut that an error was made in analysis. Click here to learn more about appeals and how to write a UC appeal letter.
What is an Audit?
Only about 5-10% of all applicants (both freshman and transfers) are selected for audit. It’s usually random, although you might get tapped if there’s a red flag. What will happen is the UC will require verification of an extra-curricular activity or award cited in your application. It’s crucial to respond to these requests right away to ensure a timely progression of your application, and avoid a worse case scenario of outright rejection.
What is Augmented Review?
An Augmented Review (also called Supplemental) is sent to select applicants, usually in January or February. There are three types of Augmented Review: (1) Talent/Achievement, (2) Hardship/Disability, and (3) Academic Borderline. The first two are usually noted somewhere in your application and the UC wants more information. It may or may not have bearing on your admission. The last usually means you’re borderline and they may not yet be sure where you’ll land. This particular supplemental, which will have questions related to academics, is probably the most crucial of the three because what you write seriously could be the difference between getting in or getting denied. Click here for posts on Augmented Review.
What is a Reverse Transfer?
If you hope to transfer UC-UC, it’s doable and is done all the time. While CCC transfers have priority, UC-UC is nipping right at its heels in the hierarchy. If you have a strong GPA and follow the required steps you stand a very good shot at transfer. If you are attempting a Reverse Transfer (UC–>CCC–>UC), there are other requirements that need to be met, depending on the situation.
What About Military Coursework?
UC may award lower division (freshman/sophomore level) units for military courses completed if the courses are consistent with University policy on granting transfer credit when there is an equivalent course taught at a UC campus. UC will consult the ACE recommendations for information regarding course content and as a guide to the awarding of credit. In practice, it seems a lot of military classes ultimately do not fulfill lower division requirements. It’s important to reach out early to the UC military and veteran specialists.
Transferring from Non-CCCs
Regarding out-of-state and other domestic colleges, the University of California does not have specific transfer course agreements, so it’s rather hit and miss. However, using ASSIST and/or referring to any UC campus’ general catalog can provide guidance on the likelihood that courses from other institutions would transfer to UC. Transferring units from a CSU to a UC is usually fairly straight-forward, as most courses usually transfer, unless they are off-the-grid. For blog posts on OOS transfers click here.
Each UC campus has international admission specialists to evaluate foreign academic records and to determine transferability of foreign coursework. However, they cannot provide formal evaluations for students before they apply. Once a student has been admitted to a campus and has accepted the offer of admission, the campus will then complete the formal evaluation. Read our international blog posts.
Submitting a Potfolio
Some UC majors require an audition, submission of a portfolio or supplemental applications, or specific prerequisite coursework, test scores, GPA and/or class level. Check your major carefully at each UC to which you want to apply.
Applying AP Exam Credit
While unit credit is awarded for all AP exams with scores of 3 or higher, whether or not an exam will garner subject credit is another beast all together. Each college and department at every campus has its own way of determining subject credit. Here are some posts on AP exams.