UC Personal Insight Questions

Summer school students need to write two essays answering the UC Personal Inquiry Questions. Each essay is limited to 350 words each. These can be used later when applying to college. Students may also choose to use the Common App Questions instead (650 word max).

Here are some helpful resources for writing your college Personal Statement:

Don’t procrastinate! The key is to revise, revise, revise…

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NYTimes shares students’ college application essays

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As you are working on your personal statements for next fall, consider the following college application essays, published by the New York Times.  Themes include students overcoming economic hardships, exploring notions of class, working and affluence. The key about these essays is that they all reveal young people emerging stronger because of their experiences.

For support writing your UC Application essays, click here.

College Applications

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Seniors: It’s time to start the college application process!

UC schools:

  • Application window: November 1-November 30
  • Apply at UC Admissions
  • Requires essays prompts. Click here for more information.

Cal State Universities:

  • Application window: October 1-November 30
  • Apply at CSUMentor.edu

Private Schools:

  • Private school deadlines vary. Check the individual school admissions websites for more details.
  • Many private schools use the Common Application. Check it out.

Community Colleges:

  • Apply in the Spring for the following Fall Admissions
  • More information here.