Fierce competition has made the UC’s what we call a “wildcard” when it comes to getting admitted. With thousands of applications being submitted from all over the US and the world, the UC admission reps have become more holistic and discerning. From skyrocketing test scores and GPAs, to unique extracurricular involvement, the competition to become a part of the UC system has become increasingly more difficult, especially in the past couple of years. So, what does that mean?
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Pay attention to every detail of your application and spend a lot of time on it. Although college applications can be long and tedious, make sure every component of the application is properly filled out. We see plenty of students who work diligently in high school, but then slap together their applications, not representing themselves well at all. Examining your college essays and the entire application for potential spelling or grammar errors, accurately filling out your completed courses, and fully describing your extracurricular involvement—all these details matter!
Work hard on your 4 “Personal Insight Questions.” (http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/how-to-apply/personal-questions) College admission reps have thousands of applications to read so make sure they remember yours. Answering those four questions thoughtfully and well is your best chance to really show college admission reps who you are, so speak from your heart. Dedicate enough time to write and rewrite multiple drafts until you’ve crafted something worthy of who you are!
We provide brainstorming and guidance throughout the writing process. Knowing how to start your writing is a daunting roadblock causing many students to procrastinate. We learn a lot about our students while working with them throughout the process and we use this background knowledge to help brainstorm and develop various topics ideas. After all, a strong essay complements a solid college application and we want our students to be competitive applicants wherever they apply.