Do's and Don'ts for Online UC Applicants
University of California require all undergraduate applicants to submit their applications online, at: http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/how-to-apply/apply-online/index.html
DO…GIVE YOURSELF PLENTY OF TIME.
This is a multi-step process that cannot be completed in one day. It will require a variety of documents, information, and forethought. Furthermore, the help desk is not open evenings or weekends.
Before you start your application, gather all of your necessary documents as instructed by http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/how-to-apply/apply-online/index.html
DO…GET THE QUICK START GUIDE.
Download and print the Quick Start Guide for Transfer and keep it handy throughout the application process, available from http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/how-to-apply/apply-online/index.html
DON’T…COMPOSE YOUR PERSONAL STATEMENT ONLINE.
Take time to compose it in a word-processing application, such as Microsoft Word, and then copy and paste it into the appropriate boxes in the online application.
For suggestions on writing the personal statement, check out this UC video available on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB4O2UXdLo0&feature=channel_page
Additional tips for writing the personal statement from UCLA:
DO…CREATE A USER NAME AND PASSWORD THAT YOU’LL REMEMBER EASILY.
Record it and keep it in a safe place. If you lose your password, PATHWAYS can recover it for you, but if you forget your user name, you’ll have to start a new application.
DO…FOLLOW DIRECTIONS AND COMPLETE ALL STEPS.
On each page and every pop-up, scroll to the bottom to avoid missing anything.
DON’T…FORGET TO SAVE YOUR WORK.
You have 40 minutes per Web page before you’ll be timed out. Whenever you save an entry or move to a new page, your work is automatically stored, but if you plan to leave your application for any length of time -- to go grab a snack or answer the phone -- use the save/logout feature to store your application, then log back in.
DO…CAREFULLY REVIEW THE SUMMARY PAGE.
Look for any instance where it says, “no information added,” and if you didn’t intend to leave it blank, fill it in.
DON’T….BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP.
If you have technical difficulties, call the Help Desk at (800) 523-2048 (in California) or (925) 808-2181 (outside California) or e-mail technical support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DO…PRINT A RECEIPT.
You’ll want to keep a record of your application ID number and a summary of your application.
DO… FOLLOW THROUGH.
Submitting an application is not the final step. Be aware of what you need to follow up on after you submit your application. Visit http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/how-to-apply/after-you-apply/index.html
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