Learn about all the key steps that are involved in applying to a university — from when to apply, completing your application, and what to do after you're finished applying.
Stay on top of key application deadlines with this list of filing periods. *Please note: Not all campuses or programs are open for winter and/or spring terms. In addition, some campuses and/or majors may be open for fall term only.
|University of California (UC): apply.universityofcalifornia.edu|
|Fall Semester or Quarter||November 1 – 30||(All campuses open)|
|Winter Quarter/Spring Semester||July 1 – 31||(If campuses are open*)|
|Spring Quarter||October 1 – 31||(If campuses are open*)|
|California State University (CSU): calstate.edu/apply|
|Fall Semester or Quarter||October 1 – December 4||(All campuses open)|
|Winter Quarter||June 1 – 30||(SLO & San Bernardino if open*)|
|Spring Semester||August 1 – 31||(If campuses are open*)|
|Independents & Out-of-States: commonapp.org|
|University of Southern California (USC)||Fall: February 1
Fall: December 1
(Deadline for: Thornton School of Music. School of Cinematic Arts. School of Dramatic Arts. Kaufman School of Dance. Iovine & Young Academy.)
|Loyola Marymount University (LMU)||Fall: February 1
Spring: October 15
|(Application & TAG Deadline)
(Spring Application Deadline)
|Arizona State University (ASU)||Fall: February 1
Spring: October 1
|(Priority Admission Deadline)
(Priority Admission Deadline)
|Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU)||Rolling Admission||Check with each individual campuses for specific dates and deadlines|
Congratulations! You have completed the first step in reaching your transfer goals! Some questions may arise regarding the steps you should take after you have successfully submitted your application. Please read the following information for answers.
You've confirmed your UC eligibility, written your personal insight questions, submitted your UC application, paid your application fees. Now what? You still have a few more items to cross off your list.
For more information go to the UC Admissions After You Apply Info.
Apply Early! Fill out the FAFSA application online at FAFSA or the CA Dream Act application at California Dream Act (AB540 students only) by the March 2 deadline. Make sure to list all UC, CSU and Private/Out-of-State institutions for which you are planning to apply.
Be sure to check the Housing application deadlines for each applied to university. Some universities may encourage students to apply for housing even before learning of acceptance, since housing availability may be limited. Visit the relevant Housing information pages of each university you are considering to become familiar with the application process for housing.
If you will complete either your CSU General Education or IGETC (Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum) be sure to have it certified (officially checked) after completion of the appropriate courses. The certification will be sent along with your final transcripts, which can be requested through the Records window at El Camino College. Students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to determine eligibility of IGETC or CSU General Education certification prior to requesting certification.
Transfer students who intend to earn an AA-T/AS-T degree should obtain an Intent to Graduate petition (yellow form) from counselor and submit signed form to the ECC Admissions & Records Office by the published deadline.