UC Application requirements:The UC application is its own entity – completely separate from the Common App. It has its own list of requirements and its own personal statement section with prompts that are just unique enough that you will likely need to write new material from your Common App. The UC App also requires the following elements to be submitted:
- Official Transcripts
- Standardized test scores (ACT or SAT)
- Any advanced class exam scores (AP, IB, TOEFL, IETLS)
- Annual income
- This is contingent upon your dependency status – you will need to provide your income if you’re an independent, or your parent’s income if you’re a dependent
- Social security number
- Citizenship status
Personal Statements:Much like the Common Application, the UC application has a section for a personal statement. The UC Application Personal Insight Section comprises of 2 essays – one standardized and one that varies depending on whether or not you are a transfer student or an incoming freshman. Each essay must be less than 1,000 words total, and are to be guided by predetermined prompts. Though the prompts can seem very abstract, and thus a bit daunting, here are some tips to help with the writing process:
- Know your audience: Compose your stories using language and verbal skills that are appropriate for a college admissions committee. Use elevated language when appropriate and avoid casual sentences.
- Compose with Quality in mind: Since there is a word cap, you need to ensure you are conveying your story efficiently and effectively. Make sure your essays are concise, while also taking the time to paint a colorful picture with your descriptions. This may be a difficult balance to strike so being mindful of it from the beginning can help ensure the quality you are seeking.
- Put your heart on paper: The mark of a truly incredible personal statement is emotion. This is your chance to tell your story – with all the trials and tribulations that go along with it. Don’t be afraid to lay it all out there. Imbue your story with as much emotion as you can.
Important UC Application Deadlines:
- October 1: Application for fall of the following year becomes available.
- November 1-30: Submission window for applications for the upcoming fall term.
- January 1: Filing period for FAFSA and Cal Grant Verification Form begins.
- March 1: Notification of admission for the fall term begins.
- March 2: Deadline to submit FAFSA and Cal Grant Verification Form
- March 30: Notification of admission for the fall term ends.
- May 1: Deadline to submit Statement of Intent to Register for incoming freshman.
- June 1: Deadline to submit Statement of Intent to Register for transfer students.
- July 1: Last day to submit an official transcript for incoming students for fall term.