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Essay Prompts

Admission Essay Requirements


The Personal Statement is an integral part of the UC application. The content of the Personal Statement should add clarity, richness and meaning to the information you present in other parts of your UC application, enabling the Office of Admissions to form the best impression of you.


• You have 1,000 words to answer both prompts.

• Your shortest response should be at least 250 words.

• Avoid the use of special characters.

• Feedback and suggestions from others are useful, but you are responsible for writing the Personal Statement.

Admission essay prompts

Prompt #1 (Freshman):

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

Suggestions for Prompt #1 (Freshman)

• You don’t need to talk about family and community and school. Pick one and be descriptive.

• Keep your response relevant; focus on events that happened in the four years of high school.

Prompt # 1 (Transfer):

What is your intended major? Discuss how your interest in the subject developed and describe any experience you have had in the field – such as volunteer work, internships and employment, participation in student organizations and activities – and what you have gained from your 

Suggestions for Prompt #1 (Transfer)

• Consider including coursework experience. This may include working with faculty or doing research projects.

Prompt #2 (All Applicants):

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 

Suggestions for Prompt #2

• Think about answering this prompt first, as it may help set the context you want to describe in Prompt #1.

• Choose a topic that has not been addressed in detail in another section of 

• Keep the information relevant to your personal experiences.

Office of Admissions Contacts

[email protected]
(800) 207-­1710 (within the U.S.)
(310) 513-­2715 (outside the U.S.)

LinkedIn University Ranking

for Software DevelopersGraduate #5
for Software DevelopersUndergraduate #11
for Software Developers at StartupsUndergraduate #12
for DesignersUndergraduate #20
for Media ProfessionalsUndergraduate #25

Alumni statistics 

Where they live

Greater Los Angeles Area - 134,141
San Francisco Bay Area - 35,145
Orange County, California Area - 16,494
Greater New York City Area - 9,767
Greater San Diego Area - 9,17

Where they work

Kaiser Permanente - 1,371
UCLA Health - 1,102
Google - 956
University of Southern California - 719
Apple - 625

What they do

Education - 26,761
Entrepreneurship - 23,693
Media and Communication - 21,330
Research - 17,979
Healthcare Services - 16,484
Engineering - 16,439
Sales - 15,483
Operations - 14,568

What they studied

Economics - 19,231
Political Science and Government - 18,165
Psychology - 16,428
History - 11,495
English Language and Literature/Letters - 11,177
Business Administration and Management, General - 10,542
Sociology - 9,081
Computer Science - 8,151

What they’re skilled at

Microsoft Office - 48,391
Research - 47,065
Public Speaking - 46,183
Management - 40,943
Social Media - 40,039
Leadership - 38,383
Microsoft Excel - 37,670
Customer Service - 34,170

Larry Fink

Larry Chairman and CEO at BlackRock

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at BlackRock
Managing Director at First Boston Corporation
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political Science 1970 – 1974



Guy Kawasaki

GuyChief evangelist of Canva

Advisor at BagtheWeb
Software Evangelist at Apple
Brand Ambassador at Mercedes-Benz USA
MBA, Marketing 1977 – 1979



Ross Mayfield

Ross CEO & Co-founder at Pingpad

Advisor at Plazes
Advisor at Eventful
Advisor at Buzzgain
BA, Political Science 1990 – 1993



Jennifer Openshaw

JenniferWhen Women Thrive

Columnist, MarketWatch at Dow Jones Online
Partner, When Women Thrive at Mercer
Founder & CEO at Women's Financial Network
BA, Communications



 Recommendations to apply


I’ve enjoyed an exceptional, prosperous, long-lasting career, exemplified by an educational experience unparalleled, and a post-graduate network of fellow alumni.

Jerry M GivensJerry
Principal Consultant of IRDC, Infrastructure Resource Development Collective
1966 – 1974, MPA - Transportation & Infrastructure Finance & Development


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