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Rather than having to write one longer essay, applicants to the University of California, Berkeley and all other UC schools submit four shorter essays (up to 350 words) in response to prompts freely selected from a list of eight Personal Insight Questions. The questions are wide ranging, designed to help you introduce yourself to the school and tell them about your aptitudes, leadership qualities, community service, or other extracurricular activities, interests, or skills.
You must respond to four of the eight prompts offered, and each response can have a maximum of 350 words. See the Personal Insight Questions page provided by UC Admissions for additional guidance.
You’ll find a quick overview of important tips and pointers for how to approach your essays, formatting guidelines, and more, along with a link to our free eBook: Perfect Personal Essay 2023, filled with expert advice and strategies to help ensure your essays stand out!
Your essays are a chance for admissions officers to get to know you beyond your grades, test scores, and ECLs. But how do you craft essays that reflect who you are AND impress the admissions officers?
Supplemental essays are required by many highly selective institutions in addition to the personal essay included in your Common Application. You can learn all about what they are and why they’re important here.