The Application Process

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We know that applying to universities can be a stressful, difficult experience for your student. Parents come to us with many questions at this critical time. To help you through the process, UC Santa Cruz strives to be as clear and open about our admissions policies as possible. As you discuss the application process with your student, please keep the following guidelines in mind:

Plan early.

For freshman admission, your student must take and succeed in a specific battery of college-preparatory courses in high school. Transfer admission also requires significant preparation. Your student should plan his or her curriculum carefully and start planning early in the academic career.

Do your research.

You may want to go over the admission guidelines with your student. Our apply to the university web page is a good place to start. Many of your questions may also be answered by looking through our Frequently Asked Questions site. You can also email or call a UC Santa Cruz Admissions Representative who specializes in your area, whether you live in California, in another U.S. state, or in another country (see the Admissions Representatives page).

Challenge yourself and achieve.

UC Santa Cruz is a selective university, which means that achieving minimum UC admissions requirements is not sufficient for admission to the campus. Encourage your student to take as challenging courses as possible and to achieve excellent grades.

Do not neglect the senior year.

Even after your student is admitted, the offer of admission may be cancelled if his or her course schedule or grades during the senior year are inadequate.

As a parent of a UC Santa Cruz applicant, you may be interested in the following information: