Write compelling responses to admissions essays

Write compelling responses to the UC Personal Insight Questions for freshman. Students will choose 4 of the 8 questions to respond to. Each response is limited to a maximum of 350 words.  All are given equal consideration in the application review process, which means there is no advantage or disadvantage to choosing certain questions over others.

  • Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time.  
  • 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. 
  • What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?
  • Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.
  • 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?
  • Describe your favorite academic subject and explain how it has influenced you.
  • What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?  
  • What is the one thing that you think sets you apart from other candidates applying to the University of California?