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UC Personal Insight Questions

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Transcript of UC Personal Insight Questions

UC Admissions Process
Holistic & Comprehensive Review
Academics
GPA
Test Scores
Non-Academics
Leadership
Special talents
Perseverance
Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side.
What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?
Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.
UC Personal Insight Questions
8 questions to choose from
Respond to only 4 of the 8 questions
Each response is limited to a maximum of 350 words
Which questions you choose to answer is entirely up to you
All are given equal consideration
There is no right or wrong way to answer
Additional Comments Section
Provide additional clarification on important details in your application, such as honors, awards, activities.
Share information regarding a nontraditional school environment or unusual circumstances.
Describe anything else that you HAVE NOT had the opportunity to include elsewhere in your application.
550 word limit to this section.

UC Personal Insight Questions
Cristina Flores
EAOP Assistant Director
cristinf@uci.edu| 949.824.8574

Beyond what has already been shared in your application, what do you believe makes you stand out as a strong candidate for admissions to the UC?
Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time.
Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome this challenge. How has this challenge affected your academic achievement?
Think about an academic subject that inspires you. Describe how you have furthered this interest inside and/or outside of the classroom.
What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
MAJOR KEYS
Provide a concrete example
More than just formal titles
What did you learn
What did you contribute
COMMON MISTAKES
Focusing on the tasks completed only
MAJOR KEYS
Provide a concrete example
The "how" is critical
Go through the process
COMMON MISTAKES
Showing vs. Telling
Only addressing VAPA
MAJOR KEYS
Provide a concrete example
Answer both questions
State the talent and skill
Development & Demonstrated
COMMON MISTAKES
"then one day"
MAJOR KEYS
Only choose one
Educational challenge:
how did it impact you
What personal characteristics did you call on to overcome
What did you learn
Educational opportunity:
why did you join
what did you learn
what did you contribute
Transferable skills
COMMON MISTAKES
Listing challenges and accomplishments
Not explaining how it impacted academics
MAJOR KEYS
Most significant
How did it impact your academics
Briefly explain the situation
What did you learn
COMMON MISTAKES
Listing
MAJOR KEYS
Outside the classroom experience
Does not have to be chosen major or subject students excels in
Why interested
COMMON MISTAKES
Getting too technical
MAJOR KEYS
Why did you connect to that issue
What did you complete
What did you learn about yourself
COMMON MISTAKES
Focusing on tasks
Not significant
MAJOR KEYS
It is okay to answer
Must be clear why is important
COMMON MISTAKES
Listing
Using it as "conclusion" or "summary" paragraph
Writing an essay
Acronyms
Quotations & Dialogue
Storytelling (excessive background information, flowery language)
Creative writing (poems, clichés)
Inappropriate use of humor and language
Generalities: Stick to facts and personal examples
Repetition: Give us new info. we can’t find in other sections of the application
Asking philosophical questions: Get to the point and tell us what you mean
Common Mistakes
Writing Tips
Start Early
Write Persuasively
Use “I” Statements
Proofread and edit
Solicit Feedback
Copy and Paste
Relax
1. Grade-point average
2. Test scores
3. Performance in and number of courses beyond minimum a-g requirements
4. UC-approved honors courses and advanced courses
5. Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC) – CA residents only
6. Quality of senior-year program of study
7. Academic opportunities in California high schools
8. Outstanding performance in one or more academic subject areas
The 14 Factors the UC system weighs
Comprehensive Review By Campus
Comprehensive
(Variety of scores that add up to one score)
Riverside and Merced

Holistic Review
( one score for the entire application, rank and admit from the top)
Berkeley, Davis, Santa Cruz, Los Angeles, Irvine, San Diego

Hybrid Process
(rank academically, evaluate non-academic profile, rank and admit from the top)
Santa Barbara
9. Achievements in special projects
10. Improvement in academic performance
11. Special talents, achievements and awards
12. Participation in educational preparation programs
13. Academic accomplishment in light o life experiences
14. Geographic location
Academic
Non-Academic
Supporting Students
Don't focus on style or structure
Place value on content
Student should be the focus
Provide new information
Admissions does not assume
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