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when should I apply at my dream school?

At the moment I really want to go to UCLA

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Joe’s Answer

Hi Leah,

If you have a dream school in mind, it's essential to check their specific application deadlines and options. Many U.S. colleges have early decision (ED) and early action (EA) deadlines around November 1 or 15 of your senior year, with ED being binding and EA being non-binding. Applying through ED signifies a firm commitment to attend if accepted, while EA allows you to apply early and receive a response without obligation. Regular decision deadlines for most colleges typically fall between January 1 and 15. Regardless of the option you choose, starting your application well in advance, understanding the requirements, and ensuring all materials are ready by the deadline are crucial steps in pursuing your dream school.

I hope this helps and good luck!
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Tim’s Answer

Right now is generally when high school seniors are preparing to submit their applications to universities, so check UCLA's admissions website to see what things you'll need to meet eligibility to apply. Even if you're set on just that one college, it's wonderful to be open to other places as well because you'll discover that having a backup (or two or three) in life is going to lessen the stress if things don't go to plan (because they often don't). YouTube is a great place to search videos on what it's like as a student there, as I know many people upload "Day in the life of a student at..." videos and vlogs to help people like yourself that are interested in certain universities.
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Martha’s Answer

Hi, Leah - I agree with Jasmine and Cung that UCLA has a lot to offer.

The time to apply is the Fall of senior year in high school. Assuming you are a senior now, apply between October 1st and November 30th - UCLA website: https://admission.ucla.edu/apply/freshman#:~:text=Dates%20and%20Deadlines,submitted%20October%201%E2%80%93November%2030.

Generally, I would recommend applying as early as possible because sometimes the budget for merit scholarships runs out. (That happened to one of my children at another public university). Applying early assumes that you have had the time to complete the application carefully and write a thoughtful essay.

I also agree that applying to other places is a good idea. The College Board has an online resource to help you identify similar places, and your school may have another one, such as Naviance. For the same reason, I would apply to at least one or two in November. However, if you want to wait until you hear from UCLA, many colleges / universities have application deadlines in January or even a few in February.

Good luck!

Martha recommends the following next steps:

Start your application now
Research other colleges and universities, just in case
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Cung’s Answer

Absolutely, go for it! However, to broaden your chances, consider applying to additional schools that offer similar programs you're interested in. This way, if one doesn't pan out, you'll still have numerous opportunities to chase your dream degree. Here's to your bright future! Best of luck, and fingers crossed for your acceptance into UCLA.
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Jasmine Guillory RN,BSN’s Answer

Don't hesitate, submit your application today! The sooner you receive that acceptance letter from UCLA, the quicker you can start planning your exciting new journey.

Once you're accepted, you'll want to dive right into exploring all that UCLA has to offer. Take a tour of the campus, secure your housing, and discover the mentorship and tutoring opportunities available. It's also important to familiarize yourself with safety measures, locate the nearest emergency hospital, and so on.

Remember, your ultimate aim is not just to gain admission, but to thrive once you're there. So, let's get started on crafting a successful plan for your UCLA experience. Your future awaits!
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Taj’s Answer

You should submit your application now, if you plan to start next year in fall 2024
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Christopher’s Answer

Hi Leah,

UCLA starts accepting applications on October 1st. The first steps include: 1) get an application via the UCLA website; 2) find out if there an advantage to applying early; 3) review what is needed to apply for financial aide; 4) start looking at the essays and outline what you want to write about in your essays.
I highly recommend that you look/apply to at least 2/3 other schools. This is very important.

Good luck
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