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Changes to the University of California Essay Prompt

This past week, The University of California announced changes to their personal statement for the upcoming admission cycle (those applying for admission for the Fall of 2017). Gone are the two questions with a total 1000 word limit. In their place are 8 questions. Applicants must respond to 4 out of the 8. Each response is limited to a maximum of 350 words. The University of California states that all questions are given equal consideration in the application review process.

We know you are curious, so here are the questions:

“Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes or contributed to group efforts over time.”

“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.”

“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?”

“Describe your favorite academic subject and explain how it has influenced you.”

“What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?”

“What is the one thing that you think sets you apart from other candidates applying to the University of California?”

Follow this link to the UC’s worksheet for freshman applicants. Follow this one for the UC’s writing tips and techniques.

At College Admission Navigation, we can help you decide which four essay prompts will best tell your story to the University of California. The goal is to show them that not only will you be a successful student at one of their campuses but also how you will make an impact while you are there.

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