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Scholars Program

Important Information and Dates for UC Transfers 

Fall 2017 Admissions Cycle



Aug - Nov

Begin filling out UC online application.



Begin researching the “Common Application” to apply to private schools such as USC, LMU and more…


Aug - Nov

Attend a “Scholars UC Application Workshop”

It is mandatory that Scholars Program students who expect to be TAP certified for UCLA and UCI attend one of these workshops. Students will complete TAP/UCLA priority admissions paperwork at this time.


Sept 1-30th

Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) Contracts must be completed on-line this month in order to receive guaranteed Fall 2017 admissions to select UC campuses.  Students will be allowed to complete one TAG only.  Use the Transfer Admissions Planner to complete the TAG.


Are you planning to apply to UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Merced, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, or UC Riverside for Fall 2017 admissions?  Find out how you can benefit from a TAG Contract.  Attend one of the SMC TAG Workshops and/or an Open Lab.


Sept - Nov

Attend a UC Personal Insight Tips & Strategies Workshop (optional).


Sept - Nov

Make an appointment with a Scholars Counselor to review transfer requirements and for a full admissions evaluation.  


Applications for the SMC Scholarships become available.

Start looking for outside scholarship opportunities.


Oct - Nov

Complete and submit CSU online application.

Nov 1 - 30th

UC Application filing period (At this point you can submit your application online.)

Nov 30th

Students with passing AP scores and transcripts from ANY AND ALL INSTITUTIONS EVER attended (community college, college, university, foreign university) must submit them to the SMC Admissions Office by November 30th.  This is NOT optional.  We must have ALL records regardless of their transferability.  Send these “official transcripts” unopened, not hand-carried, and mailed directly from the institution to the SMC Admissions Office.  The Scholars Program cannot TAP certify students unless the official records are submitted.  If you submit transcripts directly to the Scholars Office, you will still have to submit official copies to the SMC Admissions Office 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405-1628 by November 30th.


Dec - Jan

Receive “acknowledgement letter” by mail, from UC Central Processor, indicating that they have received your application, have an updated email, home address, phone number and correct majors for the correct campuses. You do not need to respond to this letter unless you need to change or update information. If you do not receive this letter, contact UC Central Processor in order to double-check that they have properly received your application.



UC will send “Transfer Academic Update” e-mail asking students to report all Fall 2016 grades and to verify final winter and spring schedule.  If you do not respond to this email, UC may cancel your admissions.


March 1

Financial Aid Priority Filing Deadline

Turn in FAFSA and GPA Verification Form (for Cal Grant) by this date. The Cal Grant deadline specifically is a firm deadline.  Check the SMC Financial Aid Office’s website to find out about your GPA Verification.



Make an appointment with a counselor to do a final evaluation of your IGETC.



Deadline to turn in the “Graduation Petition” to the SMC Admissions Office. The Graduation  Petition is required to earn the Associate’s Degree and/or participate in the SMC graduation ceremony.


Apr - May

Admissions decisions back from UC and CSU campuses.                                                


Apr - July

Turn in your IGETC Certification Petition to the SMC Admissions Office.  Students must do this.  The Scholars Office does not and cannot submit these for students.  At this point you must indicate which campus you will be attending and IGETC will only be sent to that campus.  IGETC forms are available through the Admissions Office:


June 1

Submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) to the campus of your choice.  Turn in ALL official transcripts and AP scores to the UC campus that you will be attending.


June - July

Students attending schools that require IGETC certifications must submit completed petitions to the Santa Monica College Admissions Office.