Get to Know Your UC Campuses
San Bruno, CA (CollegeToCareers.com)- It is now December, and if you are like most University of California applicants, you have already filled out and submitted your online UC application. So what’s the next step? Upon submitting your online application, the University of California has sent you an email with various reminders including:
- Watching out for Application Acknowledgment
- Review Scholarship Opportunities
- Inform UC of Changes
- Report Your Test Scores
- Check Your E-mail Often
Besides these reminders, there is not much else one can do after submitting. However, for those confident in their chances of admission, or simply curious as to the various University of California campuses, a bit of research is always a good idea. Doing research on the various campuses will allow one a better sense of each individual university, and provide some assistance in choosing between two or more UCs if the time comes for it.
A helpful resource in researching the various UCs can be found on the UC website itself. Under the “About UC” section, there is a link titled “UC Campuses”. Following this link will bring you to the UC Campuses webpage, providing links to the nine individual UC campuses. Upon visiting the website containing these links, be sure to explore the numerous categories and topics regarding each individual UC. You might be interested in knowing things about the campuses such as:
- Campus Culture/Life: this can include anything from Athletics and Recreation to Housing and Dining
- Academics: this can include the list of different majors available, academic departments, libraries, and advising/tutoring services
- Research: this can include any research programs, museums, and publications from the campus
- Campus Goals & Visions: this is always an important aspect of a university to look at as it provides insight to the overall education goals, strategies, and beliefs of the campus
The general idea is to obtain a better view and understanding of each of the UC campuses you may be interested in. It is always helpful to visit the UC in person, and take a UC Campus Tour. The hard part is over, applications are in, and now it’s just time to wait for decisions to come back. Until then, take some time to get to know the UC system better, and prepare yourself for the experience of higher education.