Now that mid-year grades are posted and 'on their way' electronically or via US Postal Service to your colleges, do not forget to write, individually, to colleges if you have had a major change in your schedule or if you feel you need to explain your grades from first semester.
The University of California has the following advice:
Freshmen: If you change schools, add or drop a course, or fail to earn a C or better in a course after you submit your application, you must notify the UC Application Center by email or postal mail. Your correspondence must include your name, UC Application ID number and your signature (if you mail a letter), and will be available to all the campuses to which you applied.
UC Application Center
P.O. Box 1432
Bakersfield, CA 93302
Minor changes to your activities, awards, volunteer work, employment or personal statement are unlikely to have an impact on your admission decision. However, if you have significant updates in any of these areas, you may notify the UC Application Center (see contact information above).
Await the decision.
Each UC campus will notify you of its admission decision, generally by March 31 if you're a fall freshman applicant or in April if you're a transfer student.
Submit transcripts, if admitted.
If you are admitted to UC, you must have final transcripts sent to your campus admissions office.
Apply for aid
We know how stressful waiting for an admission decision can be.
Fortunately, you dont need to wait to apply for financial aid.
Apply by March 2
Private colleges and universities and out-of-state public universities will hold to the same reasoning - major changes should be reported to the Admissions Office - and you can do so via e-mail to the Admissions Office or a written note to the Admissions Office, mailed through U.S. Postal Service to their address.
IMPORTANT REMINDERS & INFORMATION
As a reminder, it would be helpful for the preparation of your daughter’s college counselor letter of recommendation that you take some time over the summer to complete the Parent Response Form
We have several college admissions events already scheduled for next year. We will be adding many college visits to the list in the coming months and encourage you to check the College Counseling section of the website regularly.
- 5/2/14: “Letting Go” panel for parents of the Class of 2014 --- wisdom from parents of the Class of 2013 – on the transition from high school to college
We hope to see you at many of these events. I look forward to working with your daughter on her journey to college.