Students are more than their test scores and GPAs
- Tell your unique story – give insight and context
- Report academics thoughtfully – be complete and accurate
- Don’t assume admission readers know – provide the conditions that exist around your achievements, description of the activity and your role in it
UC Personal insight questions : 8 questions to choose from, respond to only 4 of the 8 questions (limited to a maximum of 350 words)
- Which questions you choose to answer is entirely up to you.
- All questions are equal: All are given equal consideration
- There is no advantage or disadvantage to choosing certain questions – but you should select questions that are most relevant to your experience and that best reflect your individual circumstances.
- Choose a Topic That Will Highlight You
- Keep Your Focus Narrow and Personal
- Show, Don’t Tell
- No right or wrong way to answer these questions as long as you:
- share personality, background, interests and achievements
- write persuasively in your own unique voice
- proofread and edit
- solicit feedback.
1. Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time.
2. 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.
3. What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?
4. Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.
5. 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?
6. Think about an academic subject that inspires you. Describe how you have furthered this interest inside and/or outside of the classroom.
7. What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
8. 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 University of California?