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University of California

Application Information

  • UC application opens: August 1st
  • Application filling period:November 1st - 30th
  • Cost: $70 per campus 

Eligibility Requirements

UC's review applications holistically based on the following:

  • A-G On-Track
  • Minimum GPA 3.0
  • SAT or ACT both with essay (UC’s take the highest score in 1 sitting)
  • Extracurricular activities and involvement
  • Personal Insight Questions (Must answer 4 out of the 8)

Personal Insight Questions

"Remember, the personal questions are just that — personal. Which means you should use our guidance for each question just as a suggestion in case you need help. The important thing is expressing who you are, what matters to you and what you want to share with UC. "

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?