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Presenting Yourself on the UC Application & Personal Statement Freshman Applicants Fall 2012. Overview. Tips for Counselors Student Preparation Comprehensive Review of the Application Filling Out the Application Basics The Importance of Accurate Details The Personal Statement

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Presenting yourself on the uc application personal statement freshman applicants fall 2012

Presenting Yourself on the UC Application & Personal StatementFreshman ApplicantsFall 2012

Overview Statement

Tips for Counselors

Student Preparation

Comprehensive Review of the Application

Filling Out the Application Basics

The Importance of Accurate Details

The Personal Statement

Submitting the Application

Tips for counselors
Tips for Counselors Statement

  • Create your own application

  • Yearly improvements to the online application make it easier to complete

  • Application questions are intuitive:

    • Only asks questions applicable to the student (may be based on answers from previous parts of the application)

Student preparation
Student Preparation Statement

  • Prepare early

  • Research campuses

  • Gather materials

    • Use the checklist in the Applying to the University brochure

  • Email communication is important!

  • Apply broadly

  • Brainstorm specific concrete examples that you are proud of throughout high school

  • Get reviews of your personal statement and revise, revise, revise

Application time line
Application Time Line Statement

Date/Deadline Task

October 1-31 UC Application Opens

November 1-30 Submit online UC Application

Late January Update December Test Results

March Notification of Admission

May 1 SIR (Statement of Intent to Register) Deadline – Freshman

To access the UC online application, visit:

Requirements vs selection
Requirements vs. Selection Statement

  • Every UC campus gets the same application

  • Every UC campus you apply to will evaluate if you have met minimum admissions requirements with the same GPA and test scores

  • Each UC campus will review your application for admission individually using the information in the application

  • Each UC campus places a different value on each section of the UC application

Comprehensive review of the application
Comprehensive Review of the Application Statement

  • What do the UC campuses look for?

    • Good grades & test scores

    • Well-rounded students

    • Assess the student within his/her context

    • Not just the personal statement; the full applicant and the full application are important

    • Take the time to fill out all of the application completely and accurately

Comprehensive review

Achievements in Special Projects Statement

Improvement in Academic Performance

Special Talents, Achievements, and Awards

Participation in Educational Preparation Programs

Academic Accomplishment Within Life Experiences

Geographic Location

Comprehensive Review

Grade-Point Average

Test Scores

Courses Completed/Planned

Honors Courses

Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC)

Quality of Senior-Year Program of Study

Academic Opportunities in California High Schools

Performance in Academic Subject Areas

Filling out the application basics
Filling Out the Application Basics Statement

Contact Information – so campuses can communicate with you

Campus Selection

Major Selection

SAVE as you go!

Getting Started… Statement


The filing deadline for fall 2012 is 11:59 p.m. PST Nov. 30, 2011.

ALL first-time applicants start here!

Returning users sign in above.


Save/Logout Statementat any time.


Update your e-mail or other account information using “my UC application.”

Learn what is in each section.

Use the progress bar to navigate to different sections of the application.

Read commonly asked questions for helpful information.

Use the buttons on the bottom to move from page to page.

Start application
Start Application Statement

All applicants are required to disclose their social security number if they have one.

Choosing a major
Choosing a Major Statement

Select a major, alternate major or no alternate major.

Click on a college to expand the list of majors available and make your selection.

Ranking san diego colleges
Ranking San Diego Colleges Statement

You must click on this link before ranking SD colleges.

Rank the San Diego colleges in order of preference.

This will NOT affect your chances of admission to UC San Diego.

Scholarships Statement

Be sure to open and review each category of scholarships!

Select scholarships that match your interests or characteristics (up to 16 total).

Biographical Statement

Students applying for EOP will be required to provide information on parent education, income and family size in the next steps of the Biographical section.

Biographical Statement

Questions help
Questions & Help! Statement

UC Home Page:

Admission Requirements:

Online Application:

UC Application Processing Service – General Help Desk(800) 523-2048 toll-free in California (925) 808-2181 outside California(925) 521-9280 TDD/[email protected] Application – Technical Help Desk(800) 914-8820 toll-free in California (925) 808-2150 outside [email protected]

The importance of accurate details
The Importance of Accurate Details Statement

Personal Information

Academic History

Examination Scores

Activities Outside of School

Academic history
Academic History Statement

The application will search for your high school as you type.

You MUST list every school you’ve attended since ninth grade.

Academic history high school
Academic History (high school) Statement

Easy-to-fix errors

Academic history coursework
Academic History (coursework) Statement

Self-enter courses not on the UC-approved course list

Academic history1
Academic History Statement

Remember to list community colleges – even if you took only one class.

Academic History Statement

UC transferable courses are pulled from the ASSIST database

Calif. community college nontransferable courses can be self-entered.

Test results
Test Results Statement

  • Fall applicants must complete ALL required exams by December test date.

  • Make sure OFFICIAL scores are

  • sent to at least one UC campus.

Activities and awards
Activities and Awards Statement

  • Other categories include Educational Preparation Programs, Work Experience, Awards & Honors, and Extracurricular Activities.

  • Applicants are limited to five entries for each, so select the ones that are most meaningful.

The personal statement
The Personal Statement Statement

2 Prompts, students must address both

1,000 words total or less

View as personal interview on paper

Click on the “Tips” box

The personal statement1
The Personal Statement Statement

Statement #1:

Describe the world you come from — for example, your family, community or school — and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations. 

Statement #2:

Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person you are?

Additional Comments:

Use this space to tell us anything else you want us to know about you and your academic record that you have not had the opportunity to describe elsewhere in the application. Limit your response to 550 words or less.

The personal statement final thoughts
The Personal Statement: Final Thoughts Statement

Start early, get feedback, and REVISE!

Define your motivation/momentum in topics you are passionate about

Decisions are never made on the personal statement alone

Avoid some common mistakes

Submitting the application and next steps
Submitting the application and next steps Statement

Include additional comments where appropriate

Don’t forget to hit “Submit”

Go back into the application when you have updates

Review and submit
Review and Submit Statement

Before starting submit process, carefully review information on summary page.

After you submit
After You Submit Statement

Update your account information

Update your test scores

Questions? Statement