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Applying for UC and Private Universities and Personal Statements

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UC and CSU college applications are due Nov. 30

UC and CSU college applications are due Nov. 30

UC and CSU college applications are due Nov. 30

Elissa Huynh, In-Depth Editor

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Time seems to fly when high school students finally realize they are seniors and about to graduate into adulthood. Many plan to choose to go to college. The University of California and private universities require personal statements in their applications.

For University of California (UC), a GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for residents and 3.4 or higher is required for nonresidents according to the UC Admissions website. Each subject of majors has its general list of requirements that includes certain AP exam scores. They may require SAT subject test scores. If applying for the next fall term, all necessary tests, like the SAT with essay or ACT with writing test, should be completed no later than December, according to University of California Admissions. Each application costs $70.

UC looks at class rank preferring those in the top 9 percent by junior year, a-g courses taken, academic improvement, special talents and achievements, outstanding work and performance, number and performance of rigorous classes and more.

Students must fill in their online application. They can submit them from Nov. 1 to Nov. 30.

Their campuses include Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz.

Students need to submit personal statements to apply to the University of California or private universities.

“I talk to Mr. Ochoa and Ms. Monge. They’re both really good at personal statements and filtering what sounds bad,” said Katelin Tanjuaquio, ORHS senior.

Most universities use the “Common Application,” said Kray. Students can distinguish themselves from others and describe their experiences.

According to commonapp.org, applicants need to create an account through the website. Over 700 schools in the 48 states and the District of Columbia can be searched and selected allowing them to connect to the campuses. Applicants only need to submit one application for as many schools as they want.

Schools differ in its own deadlines, fees and other requirements according to commonapp.org. Those that are accepted need to make their final decision of enrollment by May 1.

“My personal advice is to go to the school that makes the most sense financially and is offering you the best financial package,” said Kray. “At the end of the day, jobs want to see that you graduated from college. Often times, they don’t focus on where you went.”

 

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