APPLYING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
How to Apply
To help you keep track of everything you need to do through the application
process, follow this checklist:
your test results.
You may self-report your SAT and/or ACT results in the application, and
you also are required to submit official test scores. Please order score
reports from the testing agency no later than December 2009 for fall 2010
your e-mail address.
Most campuses communicate with applicants by e-mail. Provide a reliable
e-mail account that you will check regularly and keep until you enroll.
E-mail addresses must be no more than 35 characters.
your personal statement.
The personal statement is an important part of your application for
admission. The University uses it to learn more about you as an
individual. Early on in the admissions process, review the questions
that you will respond to in writing your statement, and give yourself time
to write, revise, and thoroughly proofread your statement before adding it
to your application.
Use the application for admission to apply for all scholarships
administered by the University, including Regents scholarships. Many
scholarship programs, including those administered by University alumni
associations, require applicants to submit additional materials.
fees with a credit card when you submit your application. If you want
to pay later, ask the Application Processing Service to bill you.
Keep a copy of your application receipt and personal statement for your
UC does not require or solicit letters of recommendation for undergraduate
If you have a question about the application process that is NOT
technical, or if you have a question after you submit your application,
call the application processing service at (800) 523-2048 (in California)
or (925) 808-2181 (outside California) during normal business hours, or
If you are having technical difficulties completing your application, call
the Help Desk at (800) 914-8820 (in California)
or (925) 808-2150 (outside California)
during the hours listed below, or e-mail email@example.com.
The Personal Statement
In reading your application, we want to get
to know you as well as we can. There's a limit to what grades and test scores
can tell us so we ask you to write a personal statement.
Your personal statement is your chance to
tell us who you are and what's important to you. Think of it as your opportunity
to introduce yourself to the admissions and scholarship officers reading your
application. Be open, be honest, be real. What you tell us in your personal
statement gives readers the context to better understand the rest of the
information you’ve provided in your application.
A couple of tips: Read each prompt carefully and be sure to respond to
all parts. Use specific, concrete examples to support the points you want to
make. Finally, relax. This is one of many pieces of information we consider in
reviewing your application; an admission decision will not be based on your
personal statement alone.
Instructions and Prompts
- Respond to both
prompts, using a maximum of 1,000 words total.
- You may
allocate the word count as you wish. If you choose to respond to one
prompt at greater length, we suggest your shorter answer be no less than
- Stay within the
word limit as closely as you can. A little over — 1,012 words, for example
— is fine.
Describe the world you come from — for example, your family, community or
school — and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations.
Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or
experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment
makes you proud and how does it relate to the person you are?
Tips and Techniques
Allow time for reflection, thoughtful preparation and
Choose a topic for each essay.
Look critically at the information in your application:
your grades, awards, activities and work experience, family and income.
Anticipate questions an admissions evaluator will have after reading your
application. The personal statement is your opportunity to answer those
Compose your personal statement in a word-processing program.
Don't type it directly into the application. This
way, you will have the opportunity to print copies for review.
Write in a natural style.
Present your information and ideas in a focused,
thoughtful and meaningful manner. Support your ideas with specific examples. A
personal statement that is simply a list of qualities or accomplishments is
usually not persuasive.
In addition to checking your spelling, be sure your
grammar is correct and your essays read smoothly.
Your personal statement should reflect your own ideas
and be written by you alone, but others--family and teachers--can offer
Copy and paste.
Once you are satisfied with your essays, save them in
plain text (ASCII) and paste them into the space provided in the application.
Proofread once more to make sure no odd characters or line breaks have
If you are admitted for the
fall term, you must arrange to have final, official transcripts sent to the
Admissions Office no later than July 15.
If you are admitted, you must
arrange to have an official, final high school transcript (showing your date of
graduation) sent to the campus where you plan to enroll. Unless a campus
requests it, do not send a sixth- or seventh-semester transcript.
If you are a fall-term freshman
applicant, each campus you applied to during the filing period will notify you
whether you have been admitted generally between March 1 and March 31.
These notification dates apply
only to applicants for the fall term who file during the November 1-30 filing
period. Fall applicants who file late or applicants for winter or spring should
contact the campus Admissions Office regarding admission notification periods.
Offers of admission are
provisional until the campus receives your final official transcript and
verifies successful completion of all coursework required for UC eligibility.
Both the Subject Requirement and the Examination Requirement must be completed
no later than the date of high school graduation. If any information on your
application is found to be incomplete or inaccurate or your performance drops
significantly during the senior year, the offer of admission may be revoked.
Each campus provides newly admitted students with Conditions for Admissions
that must be satisfied prior to enrollment at the University.