The University of California Application – What's New?

Up until this year, the University of California school system required its applicants to write two essays of 1,000 words total. I loved these topics so much I wrote a love letter to its authors. #TrueStory

But it’s time to bid adieu to these essays as the new UC application is launched this week.

Now, the UCs are asking students to answer four out of eight new prompts. If you’re applying to any of the UC schools, the eight personal insight questions are in your future.

These new prompts bring much more focus than the previous two and each aligns more closely with one or more of the UC schools' 14 comprehensive review criteria. (Tip: You should check those out if you haven’t. They’re important.)

Even though the application was just released this week, we’ve known about these new prompts for a few months. In that time, I’ve been hard at work creating an entire new course to help applicants to the UC schools present their best possible selves to admissions officers.

How to Answer the New UC Application Prompts

In the course, I answer:

  • How do I find my four UC personal insight question topics? 
  • How do I know if my topics are good ones? 
  • How do I stand out when answering the UC prompts? 
  • What does a great UC application prompt look like?

Click here for more details.

What do you think about the new prompts? Confused? Worried? Inspired? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts!