Application Timeline

August 1

Application Opens

The University of California Application opens for the academic term beginning next Fall.

October 1

FAFSA and California Dream Act Open

FAFSA and California Dream Act applications open. Only complete one.

  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents: Complete FAFSA, use IRS data retrieval for tax information.
  • Non-U.S. citizens: Complete California Dream Act Application if you are a California resident not eligible for FAFSA who attended a CA High School for 3 years or more and will or have already graduated (AB540 eligible).

October 1 - November 30

Submit Your Application

Submit the University of California Application by the November 30 deadline.


Applicant Portal

Upon receipt of their application, applicants will receive an email invitation to the Applicant Portal with login instructions. Make sure you check all email folders to ensure you are receiving emails from us and they are not being marked as spam.

By March 2

File Your FAFSA

File your FAFSA or California Dream Act application. Forms are also available from your school counselor. Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. See Financial Aid timeline for more details.

  • List UC San Diego school code 001317 on your application.
  • Meet the March 2 deadline to be considered for the best possible funding.
  • Apply for a CAL grant.

March 31

First-Year Admission Decisions Posted

First-Year admission decisions will be posted on the Applicant Portal by the end of March.

April 15

Applicants selected for Waitlist

Select applicants will be invited to opt in to our waitlist through their Applicant Portal.

First-Year applicants must opt in by 11:59 pm PST on April 15.

Being on the waitlist does not guarantee an offer of admission. We strongly urge students to accept another university's admission offer before the appropriate deadline to ensure they have secured a spot at an institution.

By June 30, final decisions will be released to applicants who opt in to the waitlist. There is no appeal process for the waitlist.

April 15

Appeals for Applicants Not Offered Admission or Waitlist

Every application to UC San Diego is reviewed thoroughly by at least two readers. Admission decisions are made carefully to meet the enrollment goals of the university. Therefore, successful appeals are very rare.

Applicants who have new and compelling academic information that was not presented in their original application, may submit an appeal through their Applicant Portal by April 15. No appeals will be accepted after the deadline.

Waitlisted students may not appeal.

May 1

Deadline for First-Year Admits to Accept UC San Diego's Offer of Admission

Accept your offer through the Applicant Portal.

July 1

Deadline to Submit Your Final Transcripts

July 15

AP and IB Exam Results Due

AP and IB exam results are due no later than July 15.

  • Please request results be sent to UC San Diego, school code: 004836.
  • For more information, please refer to the Advanced Placement FAQs.

Application Information

First-Year Students

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First-Year Students


As a first-year applicant, you must earn a high school diploma (or equivalent) and satisfy these requirements.

Application Requirements


Our goal is to identify and admit students who are fully prepared to excel in our challenging academic environment.

Application Review