A couple years ago I was transferring from a community college in California and wanted to attend a university in California. My GPA at the time was a 3.2 and UC Santa Barbara had already accepted me with a Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG). In the spring I sent my applications out to California State Universities as back up and the only step left was that I still had to apply via the UC application to UCSB.
With about a week left until the UC application deadline, I finally took the time to fill mine out. At the end of the application it asks which schools you would like to apply to. I kept scrolling down looking for Santa Barbara but I could not locate it. I finally noticed UCSB in faded gray and text stating the applications were full for this school. I was stunned and there was nothing I could do, it was too late. So I had to apply to UC Riverside, a UC that would still accept me with a 3.2 GPA.
I received provisional acceptance from UCR in May as well as acceptance from San Jose State and Cal State, Long Beach. During the summer, the universities review the classes you’ve taken and make sure you have met all the requirements for acceptance. The deadline to accept admission to the CSU’s was a week before the UCR deadline, so I had to make a decision and I chose UCR. Later that summer, UCR revoked my admission due to not having one class that was needed for the Sociology major I applied for. It was already too late to go to a CSU because the decision deadline had already passed. I was stuck and no CSU’s or UC’s would be taking spring transfer applications because of impacted enrollment.
Ultimately I was able to apply and get accepted at Arizona State University for the spring semester. I’m one year away from graduating from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and I absolutely love it here. The main thing you want to remember is to go over every question and verify you have the correct info. The moral of the story is do not procrastinate, double check your completed required courses, and keep your options open.
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