While most universities look at your first three years of high school, your senior year performance is still important. Keeping your grades up and maintaining the activities you enjoy are a great way to help you gain admission into your top schools.
Last chance to take college entrance exams
Take the SAT | ACT | SAT Subject Tests as required by the universities you're applying to and request that your scores be sent to those schools.
Note: Ongoing litigation related to the University’s admissions processes may affect the content of these materials. However, no matter what happens in the litigation, nobody will be required to submit an SAT or ACT score for Fall 2021, and applications will not be viewed negatively based on the lack of a score.
UC San Diego currently plans to be test-optional for Fall 2021 admissions. Under UC San Diego’s test-optional admissions policy, nobody will be required to submit an SAT or ACT score for admission consideration, and applications will not be viewed negatively based on the lack of a score. Testing has always been only one of many factors considered in our review process. Moreover, UC San Diego recognizes that demand for SAT/ACT administrations this fall may be challenging due to COVID-related cancellations in recent months. We also understand that there are real safety concerns about gathering to take a standardized test. We want to reiterate that submission of a test score is NOT required. Your safety is more important to us than a test score. Optional means optional. We look forward to reading your application!
The University of California will be test-blind for Fall 2023 and 2024 applicants. If you submit results, they do not need to include the writing section.
Finalize your college list
Attend college fairs near you, visit universities and attend their on-campus and online recruitment and application events.
Complete the University of California application
The UC application opens August 1 and you can submit it November 1-30. Don’t wait until the last minute! Once you have completed your applications, be sure to review your information closely to make sure everything is accurate.
Apply for financial aid
The FAFSA and California Dream Act applications open for submission on October 1. The deadline for both is March 2. File ASAP for the best possible funding. Also, to qualify for the Cal Grant you must submit your FAFSA or California Dream Act and check in with your high school counselor to make sure your Cal Grant GPA verification form has been submitted.
Submit scholarship applications
Check with your guidance counselor for local scholarships. Explore national scholarships.
Follow up on your application
Make sure you received an application confirmation receipt and have requested all test scores be sent to the schools to which you applied. UC San Diego emails all applicants in December to confirm that we received your application.
As you wait for schools to read your application and make decisions, maintain your grades and extracurricular involvement. Continue developing important academic skills to prepare you for college level work.
Make an informed decision
UC San Diego releases admission decisions and financial aid packages mid-March for freshmen. Attend the admit days of the schools to which you were admitted. Talk with your parents and/or guardians and Accept Your Offer by the national deadline, May 1.
If you receive a waitlist decision from UC San Diego, and you wish to still be considered for UC San Diego you must opt-in to the waitlist. We will notify you if you are admitted at a later date but please consider all your options.
Once you accept your admissions offer, please review your Admissions Contract to fulfill all provisions. You are required to send your transcripts by July 1 to maintain your admission. Be sure to meet all deadlines for orientation sessions and housing contracts. Research and apply to summer transition programs at your university.
Celebrate and get ready for your future!
You and your parents and/or guardians should be very proud of your high school graduation and acceptance to college. Use the summer to spend time with your family and prepare for the next — and perhaps most exciting and transformational — stage of your life.