The University of California college application opens in 2 weeks! Are you prepared? In this blog post I will break down the UC Personal Insight questions and give some tips on how to approach these essays.
The UC Personal Insight Questions are basically short essays that stand in the place of one long essay that you may be accustomed to writing for the Common Application. Because the UC Public School system uses the UC Application, you will have to make an account on their application portal. The UC Application and Common Application are two entirely separate portals.
To apply this cycle, you must submit your application between November 1st - 30th, otherwise you will not be considered. The application period is during this one month time frame, so there is no Early Action or Early Decision option. Additionally, applying earlier in the month gives no advantage or priority to students over others who apply later in the month. Admission officers do not begin reviewing applications until after the deadline, so all you need to do is apply before the deadline to be considered.
For freshman applicants, you are given a choice of eight Personal Insight questions, then you must respond to four of them. Each response is limited to a maximum of 350 words. Here are the eight UC Personal Insight questions that you may write an essay for if you are a freshman applicant:
For transfers, there is one required question that you must answer. Afterwards, you must choose three prompts to answer out of the seven choices. Each response is limited to a maximum of 350 words. Here are the seven UC Personal Insight questions that you may write an essay for if you are a transfer applicant:
Please describe how you have prepared for your intended major, including your readiness to succeed in your upper-division courses once you enroll at the university.
Personal Insight Questions:
Because you get a choice in what questions you want to answer, here are some of my tips on how to approach these questions:
For more information on the UC freshman application, check out this site: https://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/how-to-apply/applying-as-a-freshman/personal-insight-questions.html.
For more information on the UC transfer application, check out this site: https://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/how-to-apply/applying-as-a-transfer/personal-insight-questions.html.
Rachel is the founder of Study Hall College Consulting. Rachel graduated from UC Berkeley in the Class of 2020 where she double majored in Cognitive Science and Legal Studies. For more college application and essay tips, check out our Study Hall College Consulting website at: shcollegeconsulting.com.