Writing ability, as demonstrated in The Common Application essay and UC personal statement, is considered during application review. First-year students applying to UC's Main Campus must complete some writing components.
The Common Application Essay
Students must choose one of the following topics to complete an essay of no more than 650 words:
- Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
- The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
- Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
- Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
- Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.
UC Personal Statement
Students must also submit a personal statement in response to the following prompt in approximately 250 words:
- Obtaining a college degree requires persistence and the ability to stay focused on the end result. Share with us a long-term goal that you had, the steps/process you took to obtain that goal, and how you overcame any obstacles that you encountered. This goal could be academic, personal, or extracurricular in nature.
CCM — Many College-Conservatory of Music programs require additional items. Consult the CCM Application Handbook for more information.
Nursing — Students applying to the nursing program must provide a short essay for the following additional essay prompt: Discuss what person, incident, or experience in your life influenced you most to pursue a career in nursing.