While students have spent years working tirelessly to earn good grades and the last few months agonizing over their college applications, once those applications are finally submitted, one might argue that an equally difficult part of the process emerges . . . waiting for those admissions decisions!
Although there is little students can do while playing this waiting game, the University of California has suggested several steps students can and should take once they’ve submitted their applications.
(This advice is taken directly from the University of California’s Admissions website, which you can view here )
“1. Print a copy of your application.
You'll want to keep a record of your application ID and a summary of your application for reference.
2. Order test score reports.
If you're a freshman or sophomore applicant, be sure to have your ACT and SAT scores reported by the testing agency. If you have your official score report sent to one campus, it will be available to all campuses to which you applied.
3. Update your application.
You can log in to your application to review and, if necessary, change your telephone number, e-mail, mailing address or SAT, ACT, TOEFL, or International Exam Scores. You can also apply to additional campuses if they're still open.
If you're a transfer student, about five weeks after the filing period has ended, you are required to update your grades and course records.
If there are changes to your academic record...
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
Transfers: If you add or drop a course, fail to earn a C or better in a course or enroll in a new college after you submit your application, log back in and update your information online.
If there are changes to other sections of your application...
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).
4. 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.
5. Submit transcripts, if admitted.
If you are admitted to UC, you must have final transcripts sent to your campus admissions office."