With the start of the fall season approaching in just a few weeks, the next application cycle for universities across the nation will open soon as well. For students in California looking to apply to a California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) school, it’s vital to stay up to date with all the components that are part of the application. By getting a head start wherever possible, and working closely with mentors, counselors, family, and peers, applying to university can be a smooth and stress-free process.
So, ready to start thinking about YOUR application? Find important deadlines and dates about the CSU and UC application for fall 2015 admission below.
California State University
August – September: Decide what campuses you would like to apply to and attend one day, and even schedule a campus visit. In addition, think about what major you would like to apply as. Note: you can apply to schools as “undeclared” if you’re not certain about your major yet.
October: The application for admission opens online on October 1. All applicants will use the online portal CSUMentor to submit their application, and you’ll be able to apply to multiple campuses with one streamlined application. You’ll need to submit your transcripts and SAT or ACT scores to each campus, so plan ahead (test scores for freshmen only). Visit CSUMentor’s thorough high school and transfer planning guides to view precise admission requirements. Certain admission requirements differ for transfer, so check with your counselor to know what you need when you apply.
November: Submit your application by November 30. This is the absolute last day you can submit your application by, so give yourself plenty of time early on to review your application and make sure all information is correct.
Fall 2014 – Spring 2015: Campuses begin releasing admission decisions. Some schools event release decisions within the first month of submitting your application. Note that each campus has its own timeline for releasing admission decisions. Be patient, finish out your last semester strong, and make sure you follow up with your school of choice with any required documents they may request from you.
May 2015: In this month, schools ask you to submit an intent to register as a student. This is a big decision, so don’t feel rushed to decide. Once you do know what school is right for you, congratulations! You’re on your way to college.
University of California
The 2015 Application to UC is now open! Before beginning your application, some tips to help get started: visit schools, speak with current UC students, research financial aid options, and narrow down which schools you’d like to apply to. Visiting each campus can help refine your decision tremendously.
September – November: Take all required tests and work on your personal statement. The personal statement is a critical component to both freshmen and transfer applicants. Stay tuned to ImCollege’s resources page for exclusive tips and guidance on writing a strong and compelling personal statement.
November: Submit your UC application anytime from November 1 – 30. You’ll need to have your transcripts, test scores (ACT/SAT), and personal income information (for financial aid decisions) among other materials to complete your application. Check out UC Admissions to find out what you need to apply.
Fall 2014 – Spring 2015: Await admission decisions. Most of the UC campuses release decisions during spring, but as with CSU, each school has their own timeline. Visit UC Admissions for information on waitlists.
May 2015: Submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR). This is the first step you take to enrollment at UC. Once you take this step, celebrate! You’ve made it through the long process of applying for admission to UC.
With much involved with the application process, it’s easy for students to feel overwhelmed with the process. ImCollege is here to help with the process! Browse all of our website resources and articles for tips, helpful info, and insights from our college counselors. Good luck!