Application Timeline

August 1

Application Opens

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

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.


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).

January 31

Complete Your Transfer Academic Update

You must log in to your application and complete the Transfer Academic Update.

By April 30

Transfer Admission Decisions Posted

Transfer admission decisions will be posted on the Applicant Portal.

By May 2

File Your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application

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 May 2 deadline to be considered for the best possible funding.
  • Apply for a Cal Grant.

May 3

Appeals for Applicants Not Admitted

Every application to UC San Diego is reviewed thoroughly. 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 May 3. No appeals will be accepted after the deadline.

May 15

Applicants invited to join the Waitlist

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

Transfer applicants must opt in to the waitlist by 11:59 p.m. (PT) on May 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 July 31, final decisions will be released to applicants who opt in to the waitlist.

June 1

Deadline to Accept UC San Diego's Offer of Admission

Accept your offer through the Applicant Portal.

July 1

Deadline to Submit Your Final Transcripts

  • Submit all official college and/or university transcripts. You do not need to submit a high school transcript if you satisfied the American History & Institution requirement with college-level coursework or by earning a 3 or higher on the AP U.S. History exam. If you attended high school outside of the U.S., an official transcript is not required.
  • Refer to Required Documents from Schools Outside the United States if any of your coursework was taken outside the U.S.

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.

Admissions Information

We're looking for your insatiable curiosity and drive to build a better world. Many of our transfer students come from community colleges across California. Others arrive from colleges and universities across the country and around the world, ready to join a student body that thrives on challenging assumptions and overturning the status quo.