Application Assistance and Next Steps

Whether you are applying to UC, CSU, HBCU, private, out-of-state or international colleges and universities, the Transfer Center is here to support you!  In addition to the information provided below, also review our Transfer Planning page for transfer scholarships, housing information and more!

 

University of California 

There are 9 UC campuses that admit undergraduate transfer students including one in San Diego County: University of California, San Diego (UCSD).   You may apply to any UC campus using the application information below.

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UC TAG (Transfer Admission Guarantee)

Fall 2024 UC TAG Applicants

Fall 2024 TAG application period: Sept 1-30, 2023

 

Our UC TAG Fall 2024 Canvas Course contains information about the Fall 2024 UC TAG.  You will need to "Enroll in Course" in order to access the content.  There is no fee to enroll.   This resource is for Grossmont College students; you will need your Grossmont College Canvas username and password to access.  After enrolling, you'll be able to access the UC TAG "Course" through your Grossmont College Canvas Dashboard.  In the course you'll find:

  • Eligibility criteria and information about TAG campuses/majors;
  • How to create a UC TAP account (the first step in applying for TAG);
  • Instructions to use when completing your UC TAP account and UC TAG application;
  • Opportunities to speak with Counselors about your eligibility and TAG application;
  • Steps to take after you've applied!

Enroll: FA24 UC TAG Application Canvas Course

 

 

If you have difficulty enrolling in the course, please email grossmont.transfer@gcccd.edu.

 

UC Application

Fall 2024 UC Applicants

The UC application opened August 1, 2023.  And you may submit your application between October 1- November 30, 2023.  

 

Our UC Application Fall 2024 Canvas Course provides instructions to help you with the application.  You will need to "Enroll in Course" in order to access the content.  There is no fee to enroll.  This resource is for Grossmont College Students; you will need your Grossmont College Self-Service username and password to access.  After enrolling, you'll be able to access the UC Application Fall 2024 "Course" through your Grossmont College Canvas Dashboard.  In it you'll find:

  • Eligibility criteria and information about UC admissions;
  • How to create your UC application account
  • Instructions to use when completing your UC application;
  • Application Q&A Session Registration, and
  • Steps to take after you've applied!

Enroll: FA24 UC Application Canvas course

 

If you have difficulty enrolling in the course, please email grossmont.transfer@gcccd.edu.

Application Q&A Sessions with Grossmont College Counselors

The Transfer Center will host Application Q&A sessions in October and November.  Students may select either an in-person or virtual session.  For details, including dates/times of all sessions and how to register, Grossmont College students can enroll in our FA24 UC Application Canvas container and visit the Additional Application Assistance Module.

Opportunities to Connect with UC Reps

UC Admissions Representatives will be offering a variety of opportunities including virtual information sessions and virtual individual appointments throughout application season.  For a list of opportunities please visit our Connect with University Representatives page.

PIQ Virtual Workshop

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

2:30pm - 3:30pm

Presented by: Nathan Fish, UCLA

Building 10 Room 172 at Grossmont College

 

Unable to attend, a previous PIQ session was recorded and is available for viewing.

Presented by Alberto Davalos and Zefora Ortiz from UC Berkeley

 

Reference Links

UC Application and Information

UC Personal Insight Questions 

Transfer PIQ WorksheetTransfer PIQ Worksheet (Spanish)

UCSD Specific  Information

How to Identify UC Transferable Courses

Calculating Your UC Transferable GPA

UC Campus Admission Decision Notification Timeline 

Presenting Yourself on the UC Application

UCLA School of Nursing Tips & Answers for Writing Your Application

 

UC TAU (Transfer Academic Update)

About the TAU

Are you applying for Fall 2024 admission to a UC (University of California)? 

 

Transfer students are required to update their application with fall 2023 grades and confirmation/modification of winter/spring 2024 courses by the end of January.

Transfer applicants will receive an email message from UC in early January to complete the TAU. All transfer applicants must submit a TAU, including students who have no fall 2023 grades or winter/spring 2024 courses/updates to report.

Failure to complete the TAU may impact admission status, so please complete the TAU prior to the January 31 deadline. 

 

Here's a step-by-step video that shows how you complete the process!

 

Berkeley applicants:

 

UC Berkeley transfer applicants will be required to complete an additional supplemental application using MAP@Berkeley portal.  This will be available in January 2024 for you to complete the required supplemental forms.

 

This supplemental form is in addition to the TAU for the UC system. It is important that applicants are aware that failure to submit these forms will jeopardize the review of their application. The information on these forms vary depending on the major/college the student is applying to.

 

If you have any issues, you may either connect with Berkeley via the Contact Us form (for applicants) or by calling during office hours at 510-642-3175.

 

Last day to submit the UC Berkeley Transfer Supplemental Form is January 31st 11:59 PM (PST). 

Questions?

You are invited to attend one of our Application Update Q&A Sessions in January.  Call 619-644-7215 to register.  Registration is required.

 

Dates and times will be shared here.

 

Q&A Session Format

 

These sessions begin in a group format; however, your questions will be answered individually. There may be wait time so we recommend you have something to work on while you wait.

 

*The dates and times are subject to change.

 

Additional Sessions

TBA

 

 Accepting a UC Admission Offer

 

Accepting a UC Admission Offer

Fall admission decisions will be released mid-March to late April 2024.  Students can accept an admission offer by agreeing to the provisions/conditions outlined in the offer and submitting their Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) with the SIR deposit to reserve their space at a campus. 

 

Step 1. Submit Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) by June 1.

 

Each campus that accepts you for admission will issue you a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) form or direct you to a website where you can declare your intent to register. Use this form or website to indicate whether you accept or decline the admission offer.

 

You are strongly encouraged to wait until you hear from each campus you have applied to before you declare your intent to register.

 

For most campuses, the SIR submission process is online. However, if you are required to mail a paper SIR form, it must be postmarked by these dates.

 

You may accept admission to one campus only. You may not transfer your acceptance from one campus to another after you declare your intent to register. A $250 nonrefundable deposit must accompany your SIR.

 

Step 2. Submit official transcripts by July 1

 

If you're admitted for the fall term, you must have final, official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended and for all coursework attempted sent to the admissions office of your UC campus. These transcripts must be postmarked or electronically submitted on or before July 1.  (If you are unable to meet this transcript deadline, please contact your UC campus directly.)

  • Students with post-secondary attendance at an international institution must submit the official academic record (transcript) directly from the international institution(s) issued in English or with an official English translation.
  • Students must submit the official high/secondary school transcript(s) if requested by the campus.

All other documents and exam scores (AP, IB) must be submitted by July 15.

 

You will be asked to submit official transcripts from all schools and colleges you have attended, including high school, regardless of your length of attendance or whether you believe the credit is transferable. Some campuses may request transcripts prior to admission.

 

Step 3. Request IGETC Certification

 

Certification should be requested at the Grossmont College Admissions and Records Office during your last semester of attendance at Grossmont College and after acceptance to a UC campus.  It is due to the UC campus by July 15.

 

Certification is not automatic and must be requested by the student.

 

To request certification, please complete the Evaluations Department Form titled IGETC Certification Request.

 

Remember...

1. You can accept only one admission offer from one UC campus.

2. The SIR deposit is applied to the cost of your first enrollment term tuition. 

3. If you qualified for the UC application fee waiver your SIR deposit will be deferred until financial aid is disbursed.

4. The SIR deposit is nonrefundable and non-transferable

5. A Statement of Legal Residence (SLR) for tuition determination purposes may be required. 

Understanding Residency

 

Transfer Student SIR Deadline is June 1!

 

Waitlisted? Here's what to do!

What to do if you are waitlisted

All campuses, except Merced, typically offer transfer waitlists for select majors and will extend waitlist offers by the end of April, with an opt-in deadline of May 15. You'll be notified of your final status by July 1.

 

You can accept waitlist offers from multiple campuses, but you can only accept one offer of admission.

 

Even if you accept a waitlist offer at a UC campus, you should submit a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) or secure your spot at another college/university that has offered you admission by the deadline (June 1 for UC campuses) to ensure you have a place to attend in the fall.

 

Transfer Waitlist and Appeals Fact Sheet

 

Denied Admission?

 

Students who are not offered admission (or whose application was denied), please contact the Transfer Center and schedule an appointment to meet with a Counselor.  We are happy to help identify next steps.  This is not the end of your transfer goal. It is an opportunity to look at your options.

 

Options can include:

  • Admissions Appeal
  • Accepting an offer of admission to another campus
  • Applying to another university accepting applications for fall, deadlines vary
  • Redirection
  • Applying for a future term

Schedule an Appointment with a Counselor to consider options best suited for your educational/career goal.

 

Transfer Waitlist and Appeals Fact Sheet

 

 

California State University

There are 23 CSU campuses including two in San Diego County: San Diego State University (SDSU) and California State University San Marcos (CSUSM).  You may apply to any CSU campus using the application information below.

 

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CSU Application: Spring 2024

Spring 2024 CSU Applicants:

The Spring 2024 Cal State Application admission period is August 1-31, 2023.  The Spring 2024 application is for students that plan to begin their studies at a Cal State University in January 2024.

 

Use the Application Dates and Deadlines page to verify that your campus/major is accepting applications and to identify the deadline.  

 

Enroll in our SP24 CSU Application Canvas container for step-by-step application instructions.  There is no fee to enroll.  This resource is for Grossmont College Students; you will need your Grossmont College Self Service username and password to access.  After enrolling, you'll be able to access the SP24 CSU Application container through your Grossmont College Canvas Dashboard.   You'll find:

  • Eligibility criteria and information about open campuses/majors;
  • How to create a Cal State Apply account;
  • Instructions to use when completing your application;
  • Opportunities for support during application season, including dates and times Counselors will be available to answer questions;
  • GPA calculation information; and
  • Steps to take after you've applied!
  • Note: This Canvas "course" is not graded and will not appear on your transcript; it is for your information only.

Enroll: Spring 2024 CSU Application Canvas course

 

If you experience difficulty enrolling in the Canvas Course, please contact us at grossmont.transfer@gcccd.edu.

 
CSU Application: Fall 2024

Fall 2024 CSU Applicants:

The Fall 2024 application will open October 1, 2023; deadlines will vary.  This application is for students who plan to begin their studies at the Cal State University in August 2024.

 

Enroll in our FA24 CSU Application Canvas container for step-by-step application instructions.  There is no fee to enroll in our Canvas containers.  This resource is for Grossmont College Students; you will need your Grossmont College Self Service username and password to access.  After enrolling, you'll be able to access the FA24 CSU Application container through your Grossmont College Canvas Dashboard.  We are confident that the content in the course will provide answers to your questions.  You'll find:

  • Eligibility criteria and information about CSU admissions;
  • How to create your Cal State Apply application account;
  • Instructions to use when completing your CSU application;
  • Opportunities for support during application season, including dates and times of Application Q&A Sessions when Counselors will be available to answer questions; and
  • Steps to take after you've applied!

Enroll: FA24 CSU Application Canvas course

 

If you experience difficulty enrolling in the Canvas Course, please contact us at grossmont.transfer@gcccd.edu.

Application Q&A Sessions with Grossmont College Counselors

The Transfer Center will host Application Q&A sessions in October and November.  Students may select either an in-person or virtual session.  For details, including dates/times of all sessions and how to register, Grossmont College students can enroll in our FA24 CSU Application Canvas container and visit the Application Q&A Sessions page.  If your campus continues to accept applications beyond the traditional October/November filing period, please contact the Transfer Center for support.

 
Cal State Apply Update due Jan 31, 2024

 

Fall applicants are required to complete the Cal State Apply Update in January.  An email will be sent to you by Cal State Apply with instructions.  Please check your email regularly! 

 

Check out these resources for details and instructions:

Questions?

You are invited to attend one of our Application Update Q&A Sessions in January offered daily until January 31, 2024.  Registration will be required.  Call 619-644-7215 to reserve a seat for one of the dates/times listed below.  Have your Student ID# ready.

 

Check back for dates/times in January 2024.

 

*The dates and times are subject to change.

 

Q&A Session Format

 

These sessions begin in a group format; however, your questions will be answered individually. There may be wait time so we recommend you have something to work on while you wait.

 

Additional Supplemental Applications

 

There may be CSU Campuses/Majors that have additional Supplemental Applications in addition to the Cal State Apply update.  Check the campuses you applied to, your campus portals, their websites, and your email!

 

Fall 2024 SDSU Applicants Next Steps

Fall 2024 SDSU Applicants Next Steps

SDSU Admission Decisions
SDSU will release admission decisions to Fall 2024 applicants in March/April 2024.  Students who applied to an ADT Pathway major are not expected to receive their admission status until after the ADT verification deadline of March 15, 2024.  It is likely that admission decisions will continue to be shared out through early April.
 
Transfer Center Support

The Transfer Center will offer Virtual Drop-In and Counseling Appointments for students with questions about their next steps, including the appeal process.  

 

 

FA24 SDSU Applicants Next Steps Canvas course
Instructions are included for students offered admission, students not offered admission and students offered to be put on the waitlist.  Course includes:
  • Next steps for admitted students about the Intent to Enroll process, Admitted Student Presentations and the WPA Preparation Sessions
  • SDSU Admissions Appeal instructions for denied applicants
  • Waitlist information...what it is and how to proceed
The FA24 SDSU Applicants Next Steps Canvas Container will be available in Spring 2024.
 
Accepting a CSU Admission Offer

Accepting a CSU Admission Offer

1. Accept your offer of admission by submitting your "Intent to Enroll” and pay deposit toward your fall tuition to the campus by the posted deadline. Send official transcripts from all colleges you have attended (including fall 2023 grades), and AP or IB test scores by the posted deadlines.  Visit the Admission & Records website for instructions on sending transcripts from Grossmont College.

2. Activate your campus student portal as soon as possible. In addition to e-mail, the campus portal is one of the primary means campuses use to communicate important updates and deadlines, programs, and services. Your campus account will help you access online student updates, deadlines, and appointments.

3. Register for new transfer student orientation.

 

4. Attend Admitted Transfer Students presentations, take a campus tour, and any other events that are for newly admitted transfer students.  These will help as you transition to a new campus.

 

5. Submit final official transcripts (including spring, 2024 grades) by the campus deadline.

 

6. Attend new student orientation and register in fall classes.

7. Respond immediately to all requests for follow-up information and/or documents from the financial aid and admissions office. Follow all deadlines and requirements for tuition and housing payment or financial aid.

8. Complete immunization requirements. Visit the university's Student Health Center web site for further information.

 

Waitlisted?  We Can Help

What to do if you are waitlisted

Sometimes universities will offer a spot on the waitlist rather than direct admission or denial.  If you are offered the waitlist and would like to continue pursuing admission at the university, opt in to the waitlist.  As admission spaces become available, the university will begin to offer waitlisted students those spaces.

 

If you have questions, you are welcome to schedule an appointment with a Transfer Center Counselor.  We are happy to help!

 

Schedule an Appointment with a Counselor

 

Denied Admission?

 

Students who are not offered admission (or whose application was denied), please contact the Transfer Center and schedule an appointment to meet with a Counselor.  We are happy to help identify next steps.  This is not the end of your transfer goal. It is an opportunity to look at your options.

 

Options can include:

  • Admissions Appeal
  • Accepting an offer of admission to another campus
  • Applying to another university accepting applications for fall, deadlines vary
  • Redirection
  • Applying for a future term

Schedule an Appointment with a Counselor to consider options best suited for your educational/career goal.

 

 

HBCU (Historically Black Colleges & Universities)

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General Information

Students participating in the CCC to HBCU Transfer Guarantee program, please contact Sarah Moore for the application fee waiver.  Please note:

  • To receive the fee waiver you must be applying to one of the 39 partner HBCU campuses AND meet eligibility requirements.  For details visit the program website.
  • Non-partner HBCU schools do not participate in the fee waiver program; students will be required to pay the $20.00 application fee. 
  • Students applying to partner schools that are not available via the Common Black College Application will need to apply directly to the following partner institutions: Bowie State University, Hampton University, North Carolina Central University, Texas Southern University, and Xavier University at Louisiana.

Contact Sarah Moore by email sarah.moore@gcccd.edu or phone (619) 644-7215.

 
Common Black College Application

Common Black College Application

 

Pay a single $20 application fee to apply to all 65 member colleges!  If you are applying to CCC to HBCU partner institutions, please see "General Information".

 

 

Private/Out-of-State

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General Information

 

Please check the individual campus websites for application information.  If the university uses the Common App, see the links below.

 

Common Application
  • Common App
  • Common App Application Guide (Transfer Students)
  • Explore Common App by using the "Accepts transfer applications" filter find which Common App member colleges accept the Common App transfer application
  • Common App Help Center for 24/7 support or email thecommonapplication@liaisoncas.com
  • Does your College/University require the College Report Form?  This form requires information about your GPA and standing regarding academic/behavioral conduct.  The Admissions Office and Student Affairs will be happy to help you with this form.  Here are the steps to take:  
  1. Complete your portion of the form as instructed on the form.
  2. Save the form to your computer and email the form to: grossmont.transcripts@gcccd.edu 
  3. An Admissions & Records staff member will fill out the form and coordinate with Student Affairs for their portion of the form (student conduct).
  4. Portions of the form that are not able to be completed by either of the offices will be so indicated on the form (for example, unknown or N/A for Not Applicable).
  5. The completed form will be returned to you by email in one week. 

*Please note the information above contains links we find helpful in the application process; however, the information is not comprehensive.  If you have questions that have not been addressed above, please contact our office for assistance.