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College Admission Series: University of California - Personal Insight Questions

The University of California(UC) application portal, which is a unified portal for applying to all UCs, requires you to answer four out of the below eight prompts. Each response should not exceed 350 words. This is an attempt to understand you as a person and things you care about in the world. Which questions you chose does not matter because is is the lens with which you view the world that does.

Here are the set of questions-

  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 a strong candidate for admissions to the University of California?

Source - University of California's application portal.

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