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The UC Application for fall 2020 admission to UCI opens August 1, 2019. The submission period is November 1 - 30, 2019. Apply online and be sure you select UCI as your first choice!

Once you have completed the online application, submit it along with a nonrefundable college application fee of $70 for domestic applicants or $80 for international applicants. This fee entitles you to apply to UCI.

For more information about the UC Application, preparation tips, filing deadlines, and everything else you need to know about the application process, visit

    • Name used on application is not the applicant's legal name: It is important that you use your legal name on the application form. It is in your best interest to inform us of any other names you have used as well.
    • Name used on the application does not match the name used for exams (SAT, ACT, and Advanced Placement): Problems occur when UCI cannot match an applicant's test score results with the application because the names do not match. It's best to use your legal name for both the application form and your exams.
    • Incorrect College Board code used for school(s) attended: It is important that you list the correct College Board codes on your application for the schools you attended. Often an applicant will list his/her school's College Board code incorrectly on the school page of the application. Although the school's name is listed beside the code, the College Board code is entered in the application record; if this code is incorrect, the application will not indicate the school listed in the name field and the school in our record will be wrong.
    • Scores have not been "released" to UCI: Once you are offered admission to UCI and you have returned your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR), official test scores must be submitted. In many cases the testing agency has not been properly authorized to release an individual's test scores to UCI, hence, the final steps in the admission process can be delayed. This can result in a "hold" being placed on your registration until the scores are received or possibly a withdrawal of the admission offer. It may also require that you order and pay for additional/duplicate score reports.
      For more detailed information about submitting test scores, visit the FAQs on the Freshman Requirements page.
    • Year of Birth: A common error is that applicants will indicate the current year as the year of birth (i.e., "2019" instead of "1997").
    • Applicants fail to list ALL schools attended since 9th grade: Even schools outside the USA and even schools where course work may have not been transferable or completed must be included on the School section. This is important information for evaluation purposes and failure to list all schools could result in delay of the admission process and/or cancellation.
  • All undergraduate applications are filed online at

  • Yes. You may apply to multiple UC campuses using a single application form. The fee is $70/$80 per campus.

  • The UC fee waiver program is incorporated with the online UC application. To qualify, you must provide details regarding your family size and income and meet the fee waiver guidelines.

  • About four weeks after the university receives your application, you should receive an acknowledgement in the mail from the UC Undergraduate Application Center indicating that your application form and fees were received along with your UC application ID number.

    The University of California provides a website where you may check your application status online. The URL is

    UCI provides a MyAdmission online portal where you may view the status of your UCI application. If you provided a valid e-mail address on your UC application, UCI will send you an e-mail notifying you that your application has been received. This e-mail will include instructions on how to access your UCI application status. This notification process typically begins in mid-December. We strongly advise that you do not change your e-mail address during the application/admissions cycle; however, if you must change your e-mail address, do so by updating your UC Application.

    If you are concerned that your application may not have reached us, please telephone our office at (949) 824-6703 during normal business hours.

  • For freshmen, UCI uses the University of California GPA calculation guidelines which are outlined in the UC Application for Admission, however, UCI limits the number of extra points awarded certified Honors and Advanced Placement courses to a maximum of eight semesters. For transfer students, the GPA is calculated using your transferable course work only.

  • UCI typically does not accept applications for winter quarter; however, there may be an occasion for UCI to open applications for the winter quarter for a limited group of applicants. The filing period for a winter quarter is during the month of July, and generally the decision to accept applications (or not) for winter quarter is posted on the University of California website in June. Enrollment opportunities at the UCI campus, including which majors and academic programs are available for new applicants, is available at

    UCI does not accept applications for spring quarter.

  • Do not submit a second application form; it will not be processed. If the UC Application filing period is still open, go online to add our campus to your application. If the filing period is closed, then submit an appeal to closure to the following address:

    University of California
    Application Center
    P.O. Box 1432
    Bakersfield, CA 93302

    Be sure to note your application ID number, Social Security number, the additional campus(es) to which you wish to apply, major(s), major code(s), and include a check or money order for $70 ($80 for international applicants) for each additional campus you select, payable in U.S. dollars to the "Regents of the University of California." You may not substitute new campus choices for your original choices. Your request will be processed only if the campus(es) you choose has space available. The processing service will notify you about whether your application was accepted.

  • Yes. UCI will use the highest composite score from a single sitting, if it is reported to UC and you've applied to UCI. NOTE: Make sure that you have each score released to us that you intend to be part of your application record. Check your MyAdmission account to confirm we've received your scores. Complications commonly arise for applicants who have not released their scores and/or who have only released part of their scores.

  • Not immediately. First, we will evaluate your application based on the information you provided on your application. Then, if you are offered admission to UCI, you will be asked to have official copies of your transcripts sent to us by the deadline date. All transcripts must be official, sealed by the appropriate school and must arrive to UCI unopened.

  • To submit your official transcripts and test scores, please mail them to:

    Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    260 Aldrich Hall
    Irvine, CA 92697
    Attention: Records: OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS

    Letters of recommendation are not accepted.

  • UCI does not routinely ask for fall semester grades or work planned for spring semester; however, if this information is needed in order to make an admissions decision, the counselor evaluating your records will request it. If you have earned grades of less than "C" in an A-G subject (freshman) or in any transferable course in the fall semester, or have changed your schedule for the spring semester, it would expedite the review of your application to send this information as soon as possible.

  • Dance auditions and music auditions are scheduled by the Claire Trevor School of the Arts staff and begin in January. Contact Amy Kim, Director of Student Affairs, at (949) 824-6646 for more information, or e-mail

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