Helpful Information for Fall Applicants to UC San Diego
Need to update your information? Use the guide below to ensure your changes are received and processed correctly.
You can log in to your UC application to review and, if necessary, change your telephone number, e-mail, mailing address or SAT, ACT, TOEFL, or International Exam Scores. You can also apply to additional campuses if they're still open.
If you're a transfer student, about five weeks after the filing period has ended, you are required to update your grades and course records.
If there are changes to your academic record...
Freshmen: If you change schools, add or drop a course, or fail to earn a C or better in a course after you submit your application, you must notify the UC Application Center by email or postal mail. Your correspondence must include your name, UC Application ID number and your signature (if you mail a letter), and will be available to all the campuses to which you applied.
UC Application Center
P.O. Box 1432
Bakersfield, CA 93302
Changes to your phone number, email address, and mailing address can be made directly through MyApplication, UC San Diego’s application status portal. Learn more about using MyApplication below.
Use the Contact Us link in MyApplication to notify us of a change to this information. Official SAT and ACT test scores must be submitted no later than January 31.
Beginning mid-January use the Freshmen Applicant Update Notification Form to notify UC San Diego if you:
Note: To access the Freshman Applicant Update Notification Form, you will need your User ID and password. These will be created when you log in to MyApplication for the first time.
Use the UC Transfer Application Update Form to log into your application and update your information if you:
About five weeks after the filing period has ended, you are required to update your grades and course records even if you do not have any changes to report. more
After you submit your application, you cannot make changes to your activities, awards, volunteer work, employment or personal statement which are unlikely to have an impact on your admission decision.
You should receive an email in mid-January when MyApplication (UC San Diego’s application status portal) opens, and another when application decisions are released (mid-March for freshmen, and from mid-March through April 30 for transfer applicants). Check the freshman timeline or transfer timeline for more important dates.
To log into MyApplication, you will need your:
The information you provided on your original UC application must match the login information to access MyApplication.
When you log in, you will receive a User ID (also known as a PID, or Personal ID Number) which consists of nine digits starting with "A." You will use this number for identification purposes at UC San Diego.
If admitted, you'll be able to accept the offer of admission via MyApplication by following online prompts to submit the required documents. You can also download flyers and FAQs.
Once you've accepted UC San Diego's offer of admission, you'll have access to your personalized checklist where you'll be able to link to important information including college orientation, housing, financial aid and health screening requirements – and you can also track whether your transcripts or test scores have been received by our office.
Your Application ID is a 7-digit number that uniquely identifies you within the UC applicant system. It is also called a CPID (Central Processing ID) and was included in the email sent to you immediately upon receipt of your application. You received one number, no matter how many UC campuses you applied to.
You can find it on the summary/receipt page from the online application. You can also retrieve your number on the UC application site.
You’ll receive an email reminder from UC to apply for financial aid and tips for completing either the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or the California Dream Act application (if you are AB540 eligible and not eligible to file a FAFSA). File only one of these applications.
If you have already, or will be, filing the FAFSA, see details, links and deadlines here.
If you have already, or will be, filing the California Dream Act application, see details, links and deadlines here.
If you are admitted, you'll be able to see your UC San Diego Financial Aid Estimate online when decisions are released – but only if you have submitted one of these applications. You may not file both applications.
Don't wait until application decisions are released. Submit your FAFSA or California Dream Act application as soon as possible!
You are eligible to file the FAFSA if you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
Your name, social security number and birth date should be exactly the same on your FAFSA as on your UC Application.
If you have not yet filed your tax returns, use estimated amounts when submitting your FAFSA.
Update your figures using the IRS Data Retrieval tool via FAFSA on the web once your tax returns are filed:
NOTE: Not using the IRS Data Retrieval tool will result in you needing to submit an IRS Tax Transcript to verify your tax information. Do not submit Federal IRS tax forms (1040s) to our office.
Register for your FSA (Federal Student Aid) ID from the Department of Education so you can electronically sign your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You and your parents can both register for an FSA ID. Use it as an electronic signature for online FAFSA filing and corrections, and later for Federal Direct Loan promissory notes.
Submit any requested financial aid documents or complete any required actions by May 21, 2016. This may include using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to verify your 2015 IRS tax information or providing IRS tax transcripts.
Your name, social security number and birth date should be exactly the same on your California Dream Act application as on your UC Application.
If you have not yet filed your tax returns, use estimated amounts when submitting your California Dream Act application. After filing your tax returns, you can update your estimates at CalDreamAct.org
Submit any requested financial aid documents or complete any required actions by May 21, 2016. This may include providing IRS tax transcripts to verify your 2015 IRS tax information.
Important: Do not send any transcripts until after you have received an offer of admission. Please do not send any other documents or other information to UC San Diego, unless requested. If we need more information, we will contact you directly by email.
UC San Diego does not reserve space in our class for students who appeal admission decisions. Though all appeals are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, the number of students admitted by appeal is very low. Every denied application has gone through at least two reviews by different readers. Therefore, for an appeal to have merit it must clearly demonstrate the student to be stronger by providing new academic and personal information, as well as information pertaining to extenuating circumstances that were not presented in the application. High grades received in the senior year, recently acquired awards, or an increase in activities are not a basis for the reversal of a decision.
Written appeals can be submitted online through MyApplication from the time application decisions are released through April 15. Late submissions or letters of recommendation will not be accepted.
Please be aware that we cannot guarantee a response by May 1, the date by which many institutions require freshman applicants to make a commitment. We encourage applicants to consider all of their educational options carefully.