The University of California will open its 2015-16 application for undergraduate admissions on Aug. 1, two months earlier than in previous years.
UC made the change to give students more time to complete their applications after hearing from counselors and other academic partners that the Aug. 1 date would help a variety of students, including those in summer outreach programs. Completed applications must still be submitted between Nov. 1–30, the same period as in prior years.
“The fall is an incredibly busy time for students who are balancing a number of priorities,” said Stephen Handel, associate vice president of undergraduate admissions. “By giving applicants more flexibility, we think the process will be less stressful."
The Aug. 1 application opening also will better align UC's application cycle to those of other selective research universities.
While UC encourages every applicant to plan ahead, early preparation and submission of the application does not influence admission decisions.
Students can improve their chances of being admitted to the university by applying to more than one campus. UC has made that easy to do: All nine undergraduate campuses use the same online application, so students need only fill it out once.
Further information about application preparation, as well as key dates and deadlines can be found at universityofcalifornia.edu/apply.