Nine campuses. One application.

Applying to UC is a lot simpler than you think. That's because you can apply for as many campuses as you like—with just one application.

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Dates & deadlines 

July 1

Winter/spring 2024 application opens for select campuses 

August 1 

Fall 2024 application opens

December 31

Financial aid: FAFSA and Cal Grant Verification Form opens for applicants to all terms

October 1 - January 15*

Submission period for the fall 2024 application

*Merced is accepting freshman and transfer applications through Jan. 15. Davis, Irvine, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz are accepting transfer applications through Jan. 15

Future freshmen:

Our doors are open

Every year, we welcome nearly 40,000 freshmen from all over California — and the world. It adds up to an eye-opening, boundary-breaking, horizon-stretching mix of backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities. Come be a part of it.

Transferring to UC?

We’re ready when you are

We make sure that California community college students are first in line for admissions. And if you’re well-prepared, you can even get a guaranteed place at some of our campuses.

What makes UC unique?

Extraordinary students from across California.

2 out of 3 California students who applied to UC last year got in.

You've got what it takes to get a UC degree. So what are you waiting for? Find everything you need to apply to the best public university system in the world.

A UC degree opens doors. Money shouldn’t close them.

A UC degree opens our students to a lifetime of opportunity. And with one of the best financial aid programs anywhere, we make sure those opportunities are open to everyone.

of CA undergrads
pay no tuition

And 70% receive grants and scholarships (money that you don’t need to repay).


California students: If your family's income is under $100,000 and you qualify for financial aid, you won't pay systemwide tuition or fees.

Life at UC

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With nine amazing campuses, you can’t go wrong.

From the program, to the setting, to the vibe: each of our nine campuses has something different to offer. But no matter which campus you choose, you’ll find a culture of academic excellence, and fellow students and faculty who’ll inspire you every day.

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