Presenting Yourself on the UC Freshman Application & Personal Statement Fall 2013
Overview• 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• 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)• On the UC Application, record grades earned exactly as reported on your transcript, including D and F grades
Student Preparation• Prepare early• Research campuses: www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/campuses• Gather materials • Use the checklist in the Apply Online to UC brochure: www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/counselors/files/ ApplyOnline_13-14_Freshman.pdf• 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 TimelineDate/Deadline TaskOctober 1-31 UC Application OpensNovember 1-30 Submit online UC ApplicationLate January Update December Test ResultsMarch Notification of AdmissionMay 1 SIR (Statement of Intent to Register) Deadline – Freshman To access the UC online application, visit: www.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply
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
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
Comprehensive Review• Grade-Point Average • Improvement in Academic• Test Scores Performance• Courses Completed/Planned • Special Talents, Achievements, and• Honors Courses Awards• Eligibility in the Local Context • Participation in Educational (ELC) Preparation Programs• Quality of Senior-Year Program • Academic Accomplishment Within of Study Life Experiences• Academic Opportunities in • Geographic Location California High Schools• Performance in Academic Subject Areas• Achievements in Special Projects
Filling Out the Application Basics• Contact information – so campuses can communicate with you• Campus selection• Major selection• There is a 30 minute time limit for each page of the application; click “next” or “log out” to save
Getting Started…The filing deadline for fall 2013 is ALL first-time11:59 p.m. PST Nov. 30, 2012. applicants start here! Returning users sign in
Navigating Save/Logout Update your e-mail or other account at any time information using “my UC application” Learn what is in eachUse the progress bar to navigate to sectiondifferent sections of the application Read commonly asked questions for helpful information Use the buttons on the bottom to move from page to page
Academic HistoryThe application will search for You MUST list every school you’veyour high school as you type attended since ninth grade.
Academic History (high school) Easy-to-fix errors
Academic History (coursework) Self-enter “a-g” courses not on the UC-approved course list
Academic History Remember to list community colleges – even if you took only one class.
Academic History UC transferable courses are pulled from the ASSIST databaseCA communitycollegenontransferablecourses can be self-entered
Test Results Fall applicants must complete ALL required exams by the December test date Make sure OFFICIAL scores are sent to at least one UC campus
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
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” boxwww.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/how-‐to-‐apply/ personal-‐statement/index.html
The Personal StatementStatement #1:Describe the world you come from — for example, your family,community or school — and tell us how your world has shaped yourdreams and aspirations. Statement #2:Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution orexperience that is important to you. What about this quality oraccomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person youare?Additional Comments:Use this space to tell us anything else you want us to knowabout you and your academic record that you have not hadthe opportunity to describe elsewhere in the application.Limit your response to 550 words or less.
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
Submitting the application and next steps• Include additional comments where appropriate• Don’t forget to hit “Submit”• Go back into the application when you have updates
Review and Submit Before starting submit process, carefully review information on summary page