UC Personal Insight Questions

What happened to the personal statement?

The UC system replaced the personal statement with the new personal insight questions in the fall 2017 application (for students applying in fall 2016). The hope is this new format will give you clearer guidance and more flexibility in the kind of information you want to share with the UC system.


Personal insight questions

The personal insight questions are about getting to know you better — your life experience, interests, ambitions and inspirations.

Think of it as your interview with the admissions office. Be open. Be reflective. Find your individual voice and express it.

While this section of the application is just one part we consider when making our admission decision, it helps provide context for the rest of your application.

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