The first step is to research the 10 UC campuses and their various programs of study. This step is critical not only to choosing the best department for the applicant’s particular area of study, but to help in ensuring acceptance to a UC campus and their preferred program of study. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply to multiple campuses and to multiple programs. Applying at a number of campuses, though it can be more expensive, also increases the applicant’s chances of securing admission. This point cannot be overstated. (See frequently asked questions on how to choose a campus.)
Applicants should collect as much information as possible about UC campuses and graduate programs. The UC websites are a very useful tool for gathering basic information about campuses and departments. Applicants may also consult the UC MEXUS Posting Service for UC Departments Seeking Mexican Applicants.
Students should also contact departments directly to request additional information that may not be available on the Web. Please note that every campus and every department has a distinct set of deadlines and admissions criteria. A critical first step will be to identify these different deadlines.
Once students have narrowed down the campuses and programs they are most interested in, they should begin to make more individualized contact with faculty whose interests overlap with their own. Communicating directly with faculty about students’ interest in working with them and securing their informal support can play an important role in the application process.