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College Entrance Essays

UC Personal Insight Questions for UC applications

  • You will have 8 questions to choose from. You must respond to only 4 of the 8 questions.
  • Each response is limited to a maximum of 350 words.
  • Which questions you choose to answer is entirely up to you. However, you should select questions that are most relevant to your experience and that best reflect your individual circumstances.  Make sure they highlight 4 different aspects of who you are as an individual.

Choosing Topics for Your UC Personal Insight Questions

Brainstorm Before Writing

Make a list of interesting facts that describe some small, random part of who you are.  Click on the brainstorming activity below help you get started.

Tips for Cleaning up your Essay

It is a great idea to someone read your essays or personal insight questions before you submit.  Here are some awesome steps to revising your essays.