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The UC application is now available online (as of August 1) to start planning your November submission.

As of today, all you potential transfer students can start working on the UC application with the aim of getting your ducks lined up. You have two options: Working directly within the UC application here  — or using the Transfer Admission Planner  as your start-off point. The benefit of the Planner is this is where you apply for TAG, and the coursework you enter in it now can then auto-import into the general UC application in November as well as the September TAG, saving you a duplicate input. However, it is not necessary, so choose the option you are most comfortable with.

Things to start doing so you don’t get wedged into a ball come November:

  • Gather unofficial transcripts. You need these so you can list all your courses from every college you attended when you start filling out the application. You need the actual course number and name, so you want ready access. NOTE: You do not submit official transcripts until after you have been accepted next spring, so all you need is something that you can eyeball. For your current college, you can probably see it all online somewhere.
  • Start working on your Personal Insight questions. You need to choose four (one is mandatory). You may read more about Personal Insights here.  Start drafting them, because you really want to think them out as best as possible. PI guidance: Summer Special $100, rising to $165 on Aug 16.
  • Verify completion of major requirements. Recheck at each UC to which you are applying and make sure you will have fulfilled the major requirements by spring.
  • Extra-curricular activities. Start thinking about any you may have and list them, along with dates and your duties as part of the activity. Your job counts as an EC.

Other considerations:

  • If you are planning to TAG. Recheck the requirements for the UC you have chosen and switch UCs as necessary if you are not fulfilling a requirement. To read more about TAG, click here.
  • If you are completing IGETC. Check your planned course list to verify you will have completed it by spring. For more on IGETC, click here.
  • If you have AP/IB scores. If you have taken any exams, gather the scores, as they need to be inputted into the application.
  • If you are planning to TAP UCLA. Be sure to check with your advisor and make sure you will have the required number of honors courses completed by next spring.
  • If you want to apply for financial aid.  Start getting financial aid items lined up so you can get on it when FAFSA opens online on October 1. The sooner you apply, the more money is in the coffers.  The FAFSA link is here.

–> As always, I offer transfer (and freshman) guidance with Personal Insight questions, extra-curricular wording, and any other application situation. Good luck, all future UC students!

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Lindy is an independent UC admissions consultant, who works with both transfers and freshmen. She also has just completed her first novel, a supernatural thriller set in San Francisco.

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