University Of California Application Essay Prompts 2013

School is still in session in many parts of the country, and high school students are probably thinking more about what they’re going to do over the summer than they are about their college applications in the fall. But it’s always good to think ahead and starting planning.

The University of California has just announced that the prompts for the UC personal statements will not change for the Fall of 2013. What does this mean for you? Well, if you are a rising high school senior (class of 2013), and you’re planning to apply to the University of California, that means you’ll be writing on the same topics that last year’s applicants wrote on.

So, what are the prompts? In a nutshell, there are two prompts (paraphrased—be sure to check the official UC website for exact instructions):

  • Describe your “world”, your life, your upbringing, etc., and how all of these influences have affected you, your goals, and your dreams.
  • Describe something special about you—a talent, ability, accomplishment, experience, etc.

As I mentioned above, these prompts are unchanged from previous years, so there are no surprises here—the UCs still want to know about you, your life, your “world”, and something special about you. This will give you the chance to talk yourself up a bit and explain anything special you’ve done in your life.

I’ve helped hundreds of people with their application essays, including the essays for the UCs and will be writing about how to approach writing these essays in the future. So stay tuned!

Read more: UC personal statements prompts for 2013

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Are you considering applying to one of the UC schools? UC schools are known for being one of the best state school systems available, regardless if you’re an in-state or out-of-state student. To apply, here are the UC essay prompts you can expect. 

Students choose 4 out of the 8 total UC essay prompts and respond with 350-word answers. The prompts were updated as recently as last year, so we can anticipate no change for the 2017-2018 application season. UPDATE: No major changes to the essay prompts this year! Just more details in essay prompt 6 & 8.

Here are the UC Essay Prompts for 2017-2018:

  1. Leadership experience

    Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes or contributed to group efforts over time.
  1. Creative expression

    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.
  1. Talent or special skill

    What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?

  2. Overcoming educational barrier

    Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.

  3. Overcoming significant challenge

    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?

  4. Academic inspiration

    Think about an academic subject that inspires you. Describe how you have furthered this interest inside and/or outside of the classroom.

  1. Bettering the community

    What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?

  2. What makes you special?

    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?

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Frances was born in Hong Kong and received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. She loves super sad drama television, cooking, and reading. Her favorite person on Earth isn’t actually a member of the AdmitSee team - it’s her dog Cooper.




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