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Title: Presenting Yourself on the UC Application


1
Presenting Yourself on the UC Application
Personal Statement Freshman Applicants Fall 2012
2
Overview
  • Student Preparation
  • Comprehensive Review of the Application
  • Filling Out the Application Basics
  • The Importance of Accurate Details
  • The Personal Statement
  • Submitting the Application

3
Student Preparation
  • Prepare early
  • Research campuses
  • www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions
  • 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

4
Application Time Line
  • 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
www.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply
5
Requirements vs. Selection
  • 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

6
Comprehensive Review of the Application
  • 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

7
Comprehensive Review
  • Achievements in Special Projects
  • Improvement in Academic Performance
  • Special Talents, Achievements, and Awards
  • Participation in Educational Preparation Programs
  • Academic Accomplishment Within Life Experiences
  • Geographic Location
  • 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

8
Filling Out the Application Basics
  • Contact Information so campuses can communicate
    with you
  • Campus Selection
  • Major Selection
  • SAVE as you go!

9
Getting Started
Deadline The filing deadline for fall 2012 is
1159 p.m. PST Nov. 30, 2011.
ALL first-time applicants start here!
Returning users sign in above.
10
Navigating
Update your e-mail or other account information
using my account.
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.
11
Start Application
We strongly recommend providing an SSN for
matching official test scores.
12
Choosing a Major
Select a major, alternate major or no alternate
major.
Click on a college to expand the list of majors
available and make your selection.
13
Ranking San Diego Colleges
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.
14
Scholarships
Be sure to open and review each category of
scholarships! Select scholarships that match
your interests or characteristics (up to 16
total).
15
Biographical
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.
16
Biographical
17
Questions Help!
UC Home Page www.universityofcalifornia.edu Admi
ssion Requirements www.universityofcalifornia.ed
u/admissions Online Application www.universityof
california.edu/apply UC Application Processing
Service General Help Desk (800) 523-2048
toll-free in California (925) 808-2181
outside California (925) 521-9280
TDD/TTY ucinfo_at_ucapplication.net Online
Application Technical Help Desk (800) 914-8820
toll-free in California (925) 808-2150
outside California ucpath_at_ucapplication.net
18
The Importance of Accurate Details
  • Personal Information
  • Academic History
  • Examination Scores
  • Activities Outside of School

19
Academic History 7/8
20
Academic History
The application will search for your high school
as you type.
You MUST list every school youve attended since
ninth grade.
21
Academic History (high school)
Easy-to-fix errors
22
Academic History (coursework)
Self-enter courses not on the UC-approved course
list
23
Academic History
Remember to list community colleges even if
you took only one class.
24
Academic History
UC transferable courses are pulled from the
ASSIST database
Calif. community college nontransferable courses
can be self-entered.
25
Test Results
  • Fall applicants must complete ALL required
    exams by December test date.
  • Make sure OFFICIAL scores are
  • sent to at least one UC campus.

26
Activities and Awards
  • 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.

27
The Personal Statement
  • 2 Prompts, students must address both
  • 1,000 words total or less
  • View as personal interview on paper

Click on the Tips box
www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/how-to-a
pply/personal-statement/index.html
28
The Personal 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.
29
The Personal Statement Final Thoughts
  • 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

30
Submitting the application and next steps
  • Include additional comments where appropriate
  • Dont forget to hit Submit
  • Go back into the application when you have updates

31
Review and Submit
Before starting submit process, carefully review
information on summary page.
32
Review and Submit
33
After You Submit
Update your account information
Update your test scores
34
Questions?
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