Summer before Senior Year:
If you are applying to a UC, start working on Personal Insight Questions. These are available on the UC Admissions website.
Start constructing a resume that can be used for scholarship applications or for those writing you letters of recommendation. Tips on writing a resume are available at CaliforniaColleges.edu.
The UC Application opens August 1st, but cannot be submitted until November 1st, at the earliest.
The Common Application, used for most private colleges, open August 1st.
Take the SAT or ACT if required by your college of choice. Fee waivers are available, for those who qualify, through your counselor/career center.
California State University application opens. Applications for the CSU's may be submitted starting October 1st. and are due no later than November 30th. Launch your application at CaliforniaColleges.edu.
California Community College Applications, ex. VVC, should be completed. Launch your application at CaliforniaColleges.edu.
Applications for the UC's may be submitted beginning November 1st and are due no later than November 30th. Launch your application at CaliforniaColleges.edu.
November to February:
Private College applications due dates vary typically from November to January. Check the individual websites for due dates. Most private colleges use the Common Application.
To qualify for scholarships and financial aid for private colleges, the CSS Profile must be completed, in addition to the FAFSA.
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or Dream Act are due by March 2nd. Launch your application at CaliforniaColleges.edu.
Admission letters are typically mailed to students in March.
Financial aid packages are sent out to students from colleges and universities.
The National Reply Date is May 1st. You must send in confirmation that you will be attending the university by this date. Be prepared to pay the housing deposit.
Waitlists remain active until the incoming class is full, but should not be used after August 1st. The offer of admissions should be a written letter or through electronic communication.
Keep grades up! Low grades could result in an admission letter being rescinded.
Order official high school transcript to be mailed to your college.
If you took courses at VVC, order an official transcript from them to be sent to your college.