CSU & UC Application Information

California State University and/or University of California system application:

  • CSU and UC applications do NOT require letters of recommendation
  • they do not require that you send a copy of your transcript at application time
  • UC applications DO require the personal statement and students should begin this early

Application Dates:

CSU’s are October 1st to November 30th at http://www.csumentor.edu. Do not wait to apply! Be sure to meet this deadline; almost ALL campuses will not accept applications for fall 2011 enrollment  after Nov. 30!! Apply early for the best chance, especially at impacted campuses or campuses with impacted majors. Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo continues to be impacted in all majors.

Not sure which CSU campuses to apply to?  Go to http://www.csumentor.edu and read about each campus.  Use their campus match finder to see which campuses might be right for you!

There are 16 “impacted CSU campuses” which means that the minimum “eligibility index” for those campuses might be higher for out of area applicants (not local*) and the actual index will not be defined until this year’s applications are received at those campuses.  The minimum eligibility index for CSU systemwide is 2900.   DVHS students are “*local” for two CSU campuses:  San Francisco State and Cal State East Bay.  This means that DVHS students who meet the minimum eligibility index (2900) and apply to those campuses will be admitted.  See http://www.csumentor.edu for more detailed information on eligibility index calculation and impaction.

To send SAT scores to CSU campuses, list CSU mentor as a score recipient – code 3594 – and score will go to all CSU.

UC’s are November 1st to 30th at http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply. The UC application went online, Oct. 1 but cannot be submitted until Nov. 1.

Be sure to use the guides that pop-up while you are entering your information into the on line application.  They provide helpful clarification of the application process!  Be sure to check the box indicating that the UC’s can share information. If you check that box, then the UC’s may share your SAT/SAT Subject test scores (i.e. you only have to pay College Board for your scores to be sent to ONE UC campus.)  Note for ACT,  you must send scores to EACH campus where applying.

The UC application requires two personal statements.  Start those NOW!  go to www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions to view a very helpful video regarding writing the personal statements.

Remember that although there is one UC application, each campus must be designated, and an application fee of $60 per campus is required.

Remember to keep a record of your application ID and a summary of your application for reference. Check your e-mail frequently after applications are sent. Colleges will communicate via e-mail if they require further information, clarification, or a missing piece of the application process.

The CSU and UC application includes a self-reported transcript. Students must report all coursework and grades, including foreign language and algebra taken in middle school, on the application.


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