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Timeline for freshman applicants

Plan your freshman admission process and use our timeline below to make sure you're on track with meeting all milestones, deadlines and requirements.

August (senior year of high school)

  • Start your UC undergraduate application for admission and scholarships as early as August 1.


  • Schedule time to take or retake college admission tests no later than December 31.
  • Research UC Davis scholarship opportunities.


  • Apply for financial aid annually, between October 1 and March 2 at or (UC Davis code 001313).


  • Complete and submit the UC undergraduate application for admission and scholarships by November 30.
  • Look for admissions messages to the email address listed on your application.


  • Establish your MyAdmissions account.
  • Take required ACT with Writing or SAT with Essay examinations before the December 31 deadline and have your official test scores sent directly to UC Davis Undergraduate Admissions.

students riding bikes around the bike circle - freshman applicant timeline


  • Submit your Cal Grant GPA verification form by March 2.
  • Check your UC Davis application status at
  • Notify UC Davis of any changes in academic courses or performance.
  • Check your UC Davis admission status and financial aid award as early as mid-March at

April–May 1

  • If admitted, submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) and Statement of Legal Residence (SLR) online by May 1. You may only submit an SIR to one UC campus.


Get to know us better!

  • Schedule a campus visit
  • Take a virtual tour of campus
  • Attend UC Davis Picnic Day
  • Visit us during one of the campus cultural events

Before your senior year

To prepare for UC application and admission, it’s important to know our admission requirements and set up a plan of study with your counselor. You will also want to get involved in extracurricular activities, think about college finances and financial aid options and visit UC Davis or one of our college fairs to learn more about our campus!