2017 Conditions of Admission Contract FAQs

All FAQs provided on this web site relate to an admitted student’s Conditions of Admission Contract. We are providing these FAQs to help students, family members, counselors, and others better understand each of the individual conditions outlined in the Contract. Our goal in providing these conditions is to eliminate misunderstandings that have historically resulted in the cancellation of admission offers.

We’ve listed each condition with its related FAQs. While some conditions may seem self-explanatory, it is required that you read all the FAQs provided, either as an admitted first-year student or as an admitted transfer student. If, after reading the FAQs you still have unanswered questions, please contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@ucsc.edu.

Admitted Transfer Students

Admitted First-Year Students

Failure to meet your Conditions of Admission Contract will result in the cancellation of your admission. It is your sole responsibility to meet all conditions. Read each of the six conditions below and ensure that you meet all of them. Accepting your offer of admission signifies that you understand these conditions and agree to all of them.

Your Conditions of Admission Contract can be found in two places within the MyUCSC portal. If you click on the link “Application Status and Info” under the main menu, you will find your Contract there, and you will also find them as the first step in the multi-step acceptance process. Your Conditions of Admission Contract was also mailed to you in your Admissions booklet.

In accepting admission at UCSC, you agree that you will:

1.  Earn a level of academic achievement in your fall and spring courses (as you listed on your UC application) consistent with your previous coursework. Earn a grade of C or higher in those courses (or equivalent for other grading systems).

If you have already earned a grade of D or F (or equivalent for other grading systems) in your senior year (fall or spring), or if your overall GPA in your senior year is not consistent (within a grade point) with your previous academic performance, you have not met this condition of your admission.

FAQ 1A: My contract indicates “Earn a level of academic achievement in your fall and spring courses consistent with your previous coursework, with no grade lower than a C (or equivalent for other grading systems).” What do you mean by “consistent?”

Answer 1A: We expect that the grades you will earn in your senior year will look similar to the grades you earned in the first three years of your high school career; for instance, if you were a straight-A student for three years, we would expect A’s in your senior year. Consistency in your level of achievement must be carried through your senior year coursework.

FAQ 1B: Do you count all courses that I’m enrolled in?

Answer 1B: We count any course that falls under the ‘a-g’ subject areas (college-prep courses), including any college courses in which you have enrolled. Since we are a selective campus, exceeding the minimum course requirements is something we consider when making our admissions decisions.

FAQ 1C: If I’ve earned a grade lower than C in an ‘a-g’ course, but I still meet the ‘a-g’ requirements, is that okay?

Answer 1C: No, that is not okay. As you can see in your Conditions of Admission Contract, a grade lower than a C in any ‘a-g’ course means your admission is subject to immediate cancellation. This includes all courses (including college courses), even if you have exceeded the minimum ‘a-g’ course requirements.

FAQ 1D: What should I do if I already earned a D or F grade (or equivalent for other grading systems)?

Answer 1D: You can update the Office of Admissions with that information through the following web site: admissions.ucsc.edu/update-fr. Even if you notify the Office of Admissions, your admission is subject to immediate cancellation.

FAQ 1E: I earned a C- in a course. Does that mean my admission will be cancelled?

Answer 1E: The University of California does not compute pluses or minuses in high school coursework. Therefore, a C- is considered equivalent to a C grade. Remember, however, that we also expect a consistent level of academic achievement in your coursework.

FAQ 1F: What if I am planning to take coursework in the summer?

Answer 1F: If you are trying to make up a bad grade you received in your senior year by repeating the course in the summer, that is not allowed by our campus. If you take a summer course for other reasons, official transcripts must be sent to the Office of Admissions at the conclusion of your summer coursework.

2.  Complete all “in-progress” and “planned” coursework as listed on your application. Immediately notify the Office of Admissions of any changes in your “in-progress” or “planned” coursework, including attendance at a school different from that listed on your application.

When your application was reviewed, the senior-year courses you listed on your application were taken into consideration when selecting you for admission. Any changes you have made to you senior-year coursework may result in your offer of admission being cancelled.

Notification must be made through the following web site: admissions.ucsc.edu/update-fr. You must receive approval from the Office of Admissions for any changes to courses that were listed as “in-progress” and “planned” on your application. Any change that has not been reported to the Office of Admissions through the above web site may result in your offer of admission being cancelled.

FAQ 2A: Is it better to drop a class or stay in the class even though I may get a failing grade?

Answer 2A: Your admission was based on what you indicated for your senior-year courses, and dropping any ‘a-g’ course can affect your admission. We cannot pre-evaluate the effects that dropping a class will have on your admission. If you do decide to drop the class, you will need to notify the Office of Admissions through the web site: admissions.ucsc.edu/update-fr.

FAQ 2B: I’ve dropped a class. Will I be cancelled?

Answer 2B: If a student changes their courses from what was listed on the application, they are required to notify the Office of Admissions through the website: admissions.ucsc.edu/update-fr. It is impossible to say what the result would be from a dropped class in the senior year because each student’s record is unique, so the results can differ among students. The important thing is to notify the Office of Admissions immediately when changes are made to your coursework.

FAQ 2C: I realize that I didn’t include some courses/grades on my UC application because I repeated them for a better grade. Is that a problem?

Answer 2C: Yes, that is a problem. The instructions on the UC application are explicit – you were required to list all courses and grades, regardless of whether you had repeated certain courses for better grades. You were expected to have listed both the original grade and the repeated grade. Your admission can be cancelled for omitting information, and you should immediately report this to the Office of Admissions through the web site: admissions.ucsc.edu/update-fr, indicating what information you omitted from your application.

FAQ 2D: I changed schools in my senior year. Is that a problem?

Answer 2D: You must notify our office in writing of any changes to what you listed on your UC application, including a change of schools. It is impossible to know if the change of schools would alter your admissions decision, so notifying the Office of Admissions through the web site: admissions.ucsc.edu/update-fr  as soon as possible is required.

3.  Graduate from high school, or achieve the equivalent to earning a high school diploma.

Your final high school transcript must include a date of graduation, or the equivalent, such as a General Education Diploma (GED) or California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE), must include a date of graduation or completion.

FAQ 3A: What happens if I do not graduate from high school?

Answer 3A: Your admission to UC Santa Cruz would be subject to immediate cancellation. All admitted first-year students must present a date of graduation on their final, official high school transcript.

FAQ 3B: Is it acceptable to have a GED instead of a date of graduation on my final high school transcript?

Answer 3B: UC Santa Cruz does accept earning a GED or the CHSPE as equivalents to graduating from high school. Official exam results would be required separately if they do not appear on your final, official high school transcript.

4.  Provide all official transcripts on or before July 1, 2017 to the Office of Admissions. Official transcripts must be electronically submitted or postmarked by the July 1 deadline. (Beginning in May, the MyUCSC portal will contain the list of transcripts required from you.)

You must arrange to have an official, final high school transcript (showing your date of graduation) and any college/university official transcripts sent to the Office of Admissions, either electronically or via mail. An official transcript is one that the Office of Admissions receives directly from the institution, either electronically or in a sealed envelope, with appropriate identifying information and authorized signature indicating the exact date of graduation. If you receive a GED or CHSPE or other high school completion equivalent, an official copy of the results is required.

For any college course(s) taken, an official transcript from the college is required; the course(s) must appear on the original college transcript. Even if a college course or courses are posted on your official high school transcript, a separate official college transcript is required. If it later comes to our attention that you attended or took a college course at a college or university not listed on your application, you no longer meet this condition of your admission.

An official transcript sent via mail must be postmarked no later than July 1. If your school is not able to meet the deadline, please have a school official e-mail admissions@ucsc.edu to request an extension prior to July 1. Official transcripts sent via mail should be addressed to: Office of Admissions-Hahn, UC Santa Cruz, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064. You can verify that the Office of Admissions receives your transcripts by carefully monitoring your "To Do" list in the MyUCSC portal.

FAQ 4A: What do you mean by “it is your sole responsibility to meet all conditions" as it relates to the deadline for official transcripts (July 1, 2017)?

Answer 4A: As an incoming student, you are the person held responsible for making certain that all deadlines are met. Many students will assume a parent or a counselor will take care of sending required transcripts – this is a bad assumption. You must ensure that any item that is required of you to submit is received by the Office of Admissions at UC Santa Cruz by the stated deadline. (If your school sends official transcripts electronically, it needs to be received by July 1; if your school sends official transcripts via mail, it needs to be postmarked by July 1.) It is your responsibility to monitor your student portal to verify what has been received and what is still required. Remember, it is your admission offer is subject to immediate cancellation if the deadline is not met. Do not simply request the transcript be sent, ensure its receipt through the MyUCSC portal.

FAQ 4B: How will I know what transcripts you are requiring from me?

Answer 4B: No later than early May, the Office of Admissions will indicate what official records are required of you by placing items on your To Do list in the MyUCSC portal. To view your To Do list, please follow these steps:

Log into the my.ucsc.edu web site and click on “Holds and To Do Lists.” On the To Do List menu you will see a listing of all items needed from you, along with their status (required or completed). Be sure to click all the way through each item to see the details about what is required (will show as required) and whether or not it has been received (will show as completed).

If you have any questions or are confused by something you see, contact the Office of Admissions immediately, either by e-mailing admissions@ucsc.edu or phoning 831.459.2131.

FAQ 4C: Do I need to submit a college transcript for a college course that shows on my high school transcript?

Answer 4C: Yes. Official records are required from each college or university at which you attempted a course, regardless of the location of the course. Even if the course appears on your high school transcript, UC Santa Cruz will require an official transcript from the college/university.

FAQ 4D: What do you mean by "official transcripts?"

Answer 4D: An official transcript is one that we receive directly from the institution in a sealed envelope or electronically with appropriate identifying information and authorized signature. If you received a GED or CHSPE, an official copy of the results is required. Official high school transcripts should include date of graduation and all final term grades.

FAQ 4E: My school sends transcripts electronically. Is that okay?

Answer 4E: Yes, we do accept electronic transcripts as official, provided they are received from bona fide electronic transcript providers such as Parchment, Docufide, eTranscript, E-Script, etc.

FAQ 4F: Can I hand-deliver my transcript(s)?

Answer 4F: Yes, you may hand-deliver your transcript to the Office of Admissions during regular business hours, provided the transcript is in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution with appropriate signature and official seal. If you have opened the envelope, the transcript would no longer be considered official.

FAQ 4G: Do I need to send in my college transcript(s) if I don’t want to?

Answer 4G: Yes, all academic institutions attended must be reported and official transcripts submitted.

FAQ 4H: Do you need both my GED (or my CHSPE) and my last high school transcript?

Answer 4H: It depends on whether your last high school official transcript shows your GED/CHSPE results. To be safe, it is a good idea to submit both by the required deadline.

FAQ 4I: What if I miss the July 1 records deadline?

Answer 4I: If your school does not send transcripts electronically, the July 1 deadline is a postmark deadline. The consequences of missing that deadline include:

    • You are subject to immediate cancellation. (Enrollment and housing capacity will factor into the timing of final cancellations.)

If your admission is not cancelled, consequences of missing the July 1 deadline may include:

    • You are not guaranteed your college assignment.
    • You are not guaranteed university housing.
    • Official financial aid awards will only be posted for those students who have submitted all required records.
    • You may not be allowed to enroll in courses.

FAQ 4J: What if my school can’t meet the July 1 deadline?

Answer 4J: Please have a school official contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@ucsc.edu.

5.  Provide all official test scores by July 15, 2017.

An official test score is one that the Office of Admissions receives directly from the testing agency. Information on how to contact each testing agency can be found in the MyUCSC portal.

In addition to the required examination scores (ACT Plus Writing, or SAT or SAT with Essay), Advanced Placement (AP) exam results must be submitted from the College Board, and International Baccalaureate (IB) exam results must be submitted from the International Baccalaureate Organization. Official TOEFL, IELTS, or other exam results are also required for students who reported scores on the application. Provide any other requested official examination score or record, as designated on your "To Do" list in the MyUCSC portal.  

FAQ 5A: How do I request my official test scores?

Answer 5A: Have official test scores submitted using the following information:

FAQ 5B. How do I know if you've received my official test scores?

Answer 5B: Receipt of official test scores can be viewed through the student portal at my.ucsc.edu. When we receive the scores electronically, you should be able to see the change from “required” to “completed." Please monitor your student portal on a regular basis.

FAQ 5C: My AP scores are on my high school transcript. Will that be okay? I have paper copies of my AP scores that I took in high school. Can I send you those?

Answer 5C: The University of California requires that Advanced Placement examination results come directly from the College Board; therefore, UCSC does not consider scores on transcripts or the student copy of the paper report as official. Official AP test scores should be ordered through the College Board, and you can call them at 888.225.5427 or e-mail them at apexam@info.collegeboard.com.

FAQ 5D: I already requested my official test scores be sent to UCSC Admissions and have proof of the request. Do I need to confirm they have been received?

Answer 5D: YES. It is your sole responsibility to ensure all required test scores are received, not simply requested. You must allow adequate time for delivery.

FAQ 5E: What if I miss the July 15 test score deadline?

Answer 5E: You are subject to immediate cancellation. (Enrollment and housing capacity will factor into the timing of final cancellations.)

If your admission is not cancelled, consequences of missing the July 1 deadline may include:

    • You are not guaranteed your college assignment.
    • You are not guaranteed university housing.
    • Official financial aid awards will only be posted for those students who have submitted all required records.
    • You may not be allowed to enroll in courses.

6.  Agree to abide by UC Santa Cruz Code of Student Conduct and Principles of Community.

By accepting the offer of admission, you agree to abide by the UC Santa Cruz Code of Student Conduct and the UC Santa Cruz Principles of Community. Both current versions of these rules can be found at the following web sites: deanofstudents.ucsc.edu/student-conduct/student-handbook and ucsc.edu/about/principles-community.html. Since you are an admitted student, your admission will be cancelled if your conduct is found to be in violation of the Code of Student Conduct or Principles of Community, or if your conduct is otherwise inconsistent with positive contributions to the campus environment, such as engaging in violence or threats, or creating a risk to campus or community safety.

FAQ 6A: I don’t understand why I’m being held to this condition?

Answer 6A: From the time that a student is admitted, UC Santa Cruz expects the Principles of Community and Code of Student Conduct to be in effect and you are bound by those standards.

If you have not met one or more of these conditions, or if you have any questions regarding any of these conditions after reading the FAQs, please contact the Office of Admissions immediately at admissions@ucsc.edu. Do not seek advice from any other person or source other than the UC Santa Cruz Office of Admissions.

FAQ Follow-upA: What if my admission is cancelled?

Answer Follow-upA: If your offer of admission is cancelled, the Statement of Intent to Register fee is nonrefundable/nontransferable, and you are responsible for contacting UCSC offices to arrange for any reimbursement due for housing, enrollment, financial or other services.

If you wish to appeal the cancellation of your admission and feel you have new and compelling information, or if you feel there has been an error, please review the information on the Office of Admissions appeals page.

FAQ Follow-upB: What if I still have questions about my Conditions of Admission Contract?

Answer Follow-upB: If you still have questions about the conditions of your admission, you may e-mail your question to admissions@ucsc.edu.

Admitted Transfer Students

Your admission to UC Santa Cruz for fall quarter 2017 is provisional subject to the conditions listed in this contract, which is also provided in the portal at my.ucsc.edu. “Provisional” means your admission will be final only after you have completed all the requirements below. All newly admitted students receive this contract.

Failure to meet your Conditions of Admission Contract will result in the cancellation of your admission. It is your sole responsibility to meet all conditions. Read each of the seven conditions below and ensure that you meet all of them. Our goal in providing these conditions is to eliminate misunderstandings that have historically resulted in the cancellation of admission offers. Accepting your offer of admission signifies that you understand these conditions and agree to all of them.

Your Conditions of Admission Contract can be found in two places within the MyUCSC portal. If you click on the link “Application Status and Info” under the main menu, you will find your Contract there, and you also find them as the first step in the multi-step acceptance process. Your Conditions of Admission Contract was also mailed to you in your Admissions booklet.

In accepting admission at UCSC, you agree that you will:

1.  Meet all requirements needed for transfer eligibility to the University of California.

All requirements must be met no later than the spring 2017 term. Unless otherwise stipulated by the Office of Admissions, UCSC does not allow summer 2017 coursework to meet your Conditions of Admission Contract.

FAQ 1A: My conditions indicate “Meet all requirements for transfer eligibility to the University of California.” What do you mean by that?

Answer 1A: The University of California has a set of minimum requirements to be a junior-level transfer student. All students must meet these requirements to ensure their admission to UCSC. Transfer eligibility to UC Santa Cruz is outlined in the Transfer Admission and Selection Guide at admissions.ucsc.edu/apply/transfer-students/index.html.

FAQ 1B: Do you count all courses that I’m enrolled in?

Answer 1B: All UC-transferable courses listed on your application were part of the decision to admit you, so all those courses must be successfully completed in order to ensure your admission to UCSC.

FAQ 1C: What if I am planning to take coursework in the summer?

Answer 1C: Unless approved as an exception by the Office of Admissions, UCSC does not allow transfer students to use the summer term (before their fall quarter enrollment) to meet the campus’s selection criteria. If you have met all selection criteria by the end of your spring term and are taking a summer course to better prepare you for your major or meet a UCSC graduation requirement that is acceptable. For courses completed through spring, an official transcript must be received by the UCSC Office of Admissions by the July 1, 2017 deadline, as noted in the Conditions of Admission Contract. After you have completed the summer course, you will need to submit a second official transcript with the summer grades.

2.  Complete the coursework you reported as “in-progress” or “planned” with minimum grades of C (2.0).

You are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of all information reported on your application and on the Transfer Academic Update (TAU). Consistency of self-reported information with actual grades and courses is required. Immediately notify admissions@ucsc.edu of any changes to the program of study listed on your application or TAU (including attendance at a school different from that listed on your application), as these changes can affect your admission. Failure to provide immediate notification is in itself grounds for cancellation of admission.

FAQ 2A: I realize that I didn’t include some courses/grades on my UC application because I repeated them for a better grade. Is that a problem?

Answer 2A: Yes, that is a problem. The instructions on the UC application are explicit – you were required to list all courses and grades, regardless of whether you had repeated certain courses for better grades. You were expected to have listed both the original grade and the repeated grade. Your admission can be cancelled for omitting information, and you should immediately report this information to the Office of Admissions through the Transfer Academic Update site (available until March 31), or beginning April 1 through the following web site: admissions.ucsc.edu/update-tr.

FAQ 2B: If I’ve earned a grade lower than C in a UC-transferable course, but I still meet the UC transfer requirements, is that okay?

Answer 2B: As you can see in your Conditions of Admission Contract, any grade lower than a C in any UC-transferable course you had in-progress or planned means your admission is subject to immediate cancellation. This includes all UC-transferable courses, even if you have exceeded the minimum UC course requirements.

FAQ 2C: I earned a C- in a course; does that mean my admission will be cancelled?

Answer 2C: If your college computes a C- as less than a 2.0, then yes, your admission to UCSC is subject to immediate cancellation.

FAQ 2D: What should I do if I already earned a C-, D, or F grade (or equivalent for other grading systems)?

Answer 2D: Until March 31, this information should be updated through the ApplyUC web site. Beginning April 1, you can update the Office of Admissions with that information through the following web site: admissions.ucsc.edu/update-tr. Even if you notify the Office of Admissions, your admission is subject to immediate cancellation.

FAQ 2E: I’ve dropped a class. Will I be cancelled?

Answer 2E: If a student changes their courses from what was listed on the application or through the application update process, they are required to report this information to the Office of Admissions through the Transfer Academic Update site (available until March 31), or beginning April 1 through the following web site: admissions.ucsc.edu/update-tr. It is impossible to say what the result would be from a dropped class in fall/winter/spring because each student’s record is unique, so the results can differ among students.

FAQ 2F: I changed schools from what I indicated on my application. Is that a problem?

Answer 2F: You were required to notify our office in writing of any changes to what you listed on your UC application, or later in the application update process, including a change of schools. It is impossible to know if the change of schools would alter your admissions decision, so notifying the Office of Admissions through the Transfer Academic Update site (available until March 31), or beginning April 1 through the following web site: admissions.ucsc.edu/update-tr as soon as possible is a good idea.

3.  Meet all requirements needed for your intended major.

Many majors have lower-division coursework and a specific grade point average required for admission, as indicated on the Admissions web site: admissions.ucsc.edu/apply/transfer-students/major-prep.html. It is your sole responsibility to ensure these requirements are met prior to transfer to UCSC.

4.  Maintain good standing at your last school. 

A student is in good standing if the grade point average is at least 2.0 and the official transcript does not indicate dismissal, probation, or other restrictions. A student who has outstanding financial obligations to another institution is not considered to be in good standing.

FAQ 4A: What happens if I’m not in “good standing?”

Answer 4A: By not being in good standing, you have not met your Conditions of Admission Contract and your admission is subject to immediate cancellation.

5.  Provide all official transcripts on or before July 1, 2017 to the Office of Admissions. Official transcripts must be electronically submitted or postmarked by the July 1 deadline. (Beginning in May, the MyUCSC portal will contain the list of transcripts required from you.)

You must arrange to have official transcripts sent to the Office of Admissions, either electronically or via mail. An official transcript is one that the Office of Admissions receives directly from the institution, either electronically or in a sealed envelope, with appropriate identifying information and authorized signature indicating the exact date of graduation. If you received a GED or CHSPE or other high school completion equivalent, an official copy of the results is required.

An official transcript sent via mail must be postmarked no later than July 1. If your institution is not able to meet the deadline, please have an official e-mail admissions@ucsc.edu to request an extension prior to July 1. Official transcripts sent via mail should be addressed to: Office of Admissions-Hahn, UC Santa Cruz, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064. You can verify that the Office of Admissions receives your transcripts by carefully monitoring your "To Do" list in the MyUCSC portal.  

FAQ 5A: What do you mean by “it is your sole responsibility to meet all conditions" as it relates to the deadlines for transcripts and test scores (July 1, 2017 postmark deadline for official transcripts, and July 15, 2017 receipt deadline for official test scores)?

Answer 5A: As an incoming student, you are the person held responsible for making certain that all deadlines are met. Many students will assume a parent or a counselor will take care of sending required transcripts or test scores – this is a bad assumption. You must ensure that any item that is required of you to submit is received by The Office of Admissions at UC Santa Cruz by the stated deadline. It is your responsibility to monitor your student portal to verify what has been received and what is still required. Remember, it is your admission offer that will be cancelled if the deadlines are not met.

FAQ 5B: How will I know what transcripts you are requiring from me?

Answer 5B: No later than early June, the Office of Admissions will indicate what official records are required of you by placing items on your To Do list in the MyUCSC portal. To view your To Do list, please follow these steps:

Log into the my.ucsc.edu web site and click on “Holds and To Do Lists.” On the To Do List menu you will see a listing of all items needed from you, along with their status (required or completed). Be sure to click all the way through each item to see the details about what is required (will show as required) and whether or not it has been received (will show as completed).

If you have any questions or are confused by something you see, contact the Office of Admissions immediately, either by e-mailing admissions@ucsc.edu or phoning 831.459.2131.

FAQ 5C: What do you mean by "official transcripts?"

Answer 5C: An official transcript is one that we receive directly from the institution in a sealed envelope or electronically with appropriate identifying information and authorized signature. If you received a GED or CHSPE, an official copy of the results is required.

FAQ 5D: My school sends transcripts electronically. Is that okay?

Answer 5D: Yes, we do accept electronic transcripts as official, provided they are received from bona fide electronic transcript providers such as Parchment, Docufide, eTranscript, E-Script, etc. Transfer students from California community colleges in particular, should contact their college about the option to send transcripts electronically.

FAQ 5E: Can I hand-deliver my transcript(s)?

Answer 5E: Yes, you may hand-deliver your transcript to the Office of Admissions during regular business hours, provided the transcript is in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution with appropriate signature and official seal. If you have opened the envelope, the transcript would no longer be considered official.

FAQ 5F: Why do you need my high school transcript (GED/CHSPE)?

Answer 5F: The University of California requires the final high school transcript (or an equivalent for students that didn’t graduate from high school) from all students, including transfer students, so you must submit this transcript.

FAQ 5G: Do you need both my GED (or my CHSPE) and my last high school transcript?

Answer 5G: It depends on whether your last high school official transcript shows your GED/CHSPE results. To be safe, it is a good idea to submit both by the required deadline.

FAQ 5H: Do I need to send in my college transcript(s) if I don’t want to?

Answer 5H: All students are required to submit all college/university transcripts by the stated deadline. Failure to disclose attendance at a college/university or withhold an academic record can result in a student being cancelled on a UC-systemwide basis.

FAQ 5I: What if I miss the July 1 records deadline?

Answer 5I: Consequences of missing a deadline:

    • You are subject to immediate cancellation. (Enrollment and housing capacity will factor into the timing of final cancellations.)

If your admission is not cancelled, consequences of missing the July 1 deadline may include:

    • You are not guaranteed your college assignment.
    • You are not guaranteed university housing.
    • Official financial aid awards will only be posted for those students who have submitted all required records.
    • You may not be allowed to enroll in courses.

6.  Provide all official test scores by July 15, 2017.

Advanced Placement (AP) exam results must be submitted to our office from the College Board; and International Baccalaureate (IB) exam results must be submitted to our office from the International Baccalaureate Organization. Official TOEFL or IELTS exam results are also required for students who reported scores on their application.

FAQ 6A: How do I request my official test scores?

Answer 6A: Have official test scores submitted using the following information:

FAQ 6B: How do I know if you’ve received my official test scores?

Answer 6B: Receipt of official test scores can be viewed through the student portal at my.ucsc.edu. When we receive the scores electronically you should be able to see the change from “required” to “completed." Please monitor your student portal on a regular basis.

FAQ 6C: My AP scores are on my high school transcript. Will that be okay? I have paper copies of my AP scores that I took in high school. Can I send you those?

Answer 6C: The University of California requires that Advanced Placement examination results come directly from the College Board; therefore, UCSC does not consider scores on transcripts or the student copy of the paper report as official. Official AP test scores should be ordered through the College Board, and you can call them at 888.225.5427 or e-mail them at apexam@info.collegeboard.com.

FAQ 6D: Why do you need my official AP/IB scores if they won’t yield transfer credit?

Answer 6D: UCSC requires all academic records from admitted students, including official test score records, whether or not they would yield transfer credit. The Office of Admissions must ensure a complete academic history of entering undergraduate students. Regardless of score, all official AP/IB scores are required.

FAQ 6E: I already requested my official test scores be sent to UCSC Admissions and have proof of the request. Do I need to confirm they have been received?

Answer 6E: YES. It is your sole responsibility to ensure all required test scores are received, not simply requested. You must allow adequate time for delivery.

FAQ 6F: What if I miss the July 15 test score deadline?

Answer 6F: Consequences for missing a deadline:

    • You are subject to immediate cancellation. (Enrollment and housing capacity will factor into the timing of final cancellations.)

If your admission is not cancelled, consequences of missing the July 1 deadline may include:

    • You are not guaranteed your college assignment.
    • You are not guaranteed university housing.
    • Official financial aid awards will only be posted for those students who have submitted all required records.
    • You may not be allowed to enroll in courses.

7.  Agree to abide by UC Santa Cruz Code of Student Conduct and Principles of Community.

By accepting the offer of admission, you agree to abide by the UC Santa Cruz Code of Student Conduct and the UC Santa Cruz Principles of Community. Both current versions of these rules can be found at the following web sites: deanofstudents.ucsc.edu/student-conduct/student-handbook and ucsc.edu/about/principles-community.html. Since you are an admitted student, your admission will be cancelled if your conduct is found to be in violation of the Code of Student Conduct or Principles of Community, or if your conduct is otherwise inconsistent with positive contributions to the campus environment, such as engaging in violence or threats, or creating a risk to campus or community safety.

FAQ 7A: I don’t understand why I’m being held to this condition?

Answer 7A: From the time that a student is admitted, UC Santa Cruz expects the Principles of Community and Code of Student Conduct to be in effect and you are bound by those standards. 

If you have not met one or more of these conditions, or if you have any questions regarding any of these conditions after reading the FAQs, please contact the Office of Admissions immediately at admissions@ucsc.edu. Do not seek advice from any other person or source other than the UC Santa Cruz Office of Admissions.

FAQ Follow-upA: What if my admission is cancelled?

Answer Follow-upA: If your offer of admission is cancelled, the Statement of Intent to Register fee is nonrefundable/nontransferable, and you are responsible for contacting UCSC offices to arrange for any reimbursement due for housing, enrollment, financial or other services.

If you wish to appeal the cancellation of your admission and feel you have new and compelling information, or if you feel there has been an error, please review the information on the Office of Admissions appeals page.

FAQ Follow-upB: What if I still have questions about my Conditions of Admission Contract?

Answer Follow-upB: If you still have questions about the conditions of admission, you may e-mail your question to admissions@ucsc.edu.