UC Davis – The Personal Statement
- Write it yourself.
- Write it about yourself.
- Provide any relevant information about yourself that you don’t think is captured elsewhere in the application.
- Write about experiences, accomplishments, etc. that occurred during or after high school.
- Provide specific examples of your accomplishments or activities in which you’ve participated.
- Keep your statement focused.
- Have your statement checked by a teacher, counselor or other adviser for spelling, grammar and clarity.
Writing and Reading UC’s Personal Statement (PowerPoint presentation)
What characteristics is UC looking for?
- Thoughtful, incisive reflection — some sense of who the student is.
- Personal qualities including, but not limited to, leadership, creativity, initiative, persistence, maturation, commitment to others.
- Students who have done more to enrich their education.
- Students who have had meaningful participation, not just a listing of activities. Quality over quantity should be the general guideline.
- Students who demonstrate tenacity, self-discipline and motivation for academic success.
- Students who have demonstrated a sensitivity to and respect for differences, e.g., through sustained community service.
- Students who are informal leaders — the type of student who makes things happen — a catalyst who motivates others, who initiates or takes responsibility for something that meets a perceived need.
What the personal statement is not:
- A visionary statement of what you plan for your future, without concrete examples of what initiatives you have already taken that will lead you to your goals.
- An elaboration on someone you admire, without a specific description of what you, yourself, have done or not done as a result of your inspiration.
- An exaggeration of problems but an acceptance of responsibility for choices, academic performance, and/or behaviors.
- An exhaustive listing of activities, honors, awards but rather a judicious selection of important indicators.
- Solely a sample of writing skills although appropriate grammar, level of usage and spelling are expected.
Each of the UC’s will most likely have an preview day this fall. These events are extremely informative for students and parents. All ages of students are welcome, but the events are targeted for Seniors who are thinking about applying for fall 2012 admission.
UC Davis – 10/15
UC Santa Cruz – 10/15
UC Merced – 10/15
UC Riverside – 10/15
UC Irvine – 10/28
UC will again implement a waitlist process for fall 2011 admissions. All campuses except Los Angeles and Merced will use waitlists for their freshman pools. Davis and San Diego also will have a transfer waitlist, and Irvine and Santa Cruz are considering the option for transfers. The university enrolls more than 11,570 students for whom it receives no state funding. A waitlist is an enrollment management tool that enables campuses to attain their enrollment targets with greater precision while offering a space to as many deserving students as possible. What students need to know:
- They might receive waitlist offers from more than one campus. Students may accept as many offers as they wish. Waitlist offers will be made by the end of March for freshman applicants and the end of April for transfers.
- Once offered a spot on a waitlist, they must opt in. Instructions for doing so will be included with the waitlist notification.
- Even if they accept a waitlist offer (or several), students should submit a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) by the stated deadline to a UC campus or other institution to which they have been accepted. If they later accept an offer of admission from a campus where they have been wait-listed, they will forfeit their deposit at the first campus.
- Wait-listed freshman applicants will be notified of their status no later than June 1; wait-listed transfer applicants, by July 1.
- Preliminary financial aid awards will be sent at the time students are notified of waitlist offers. Additionally, SIRs of wait-listed students will be considered on time for purposes of housing and orientation, provided they are submitted by the deadline stated in the offer of admission.
- Eligible applicants who don’t receive an admission offer from any campus to which they applied will be in the referral pool, even if they are on the waitlist at another campus.
- Campuses will still consider appeals. Applicants who feel they have grounds for an appeal should submit one, but they should keep in mind that the purpose of the appeals process is to deal with errors and compelling new information and hardship. Students cannot appeal for a spot on the waitlist.
In the fall 2010 admissions cycle, the first time waitlists were used broadly, a total of 11,703 waitlist offers were extended to freshman applicants across all campuses except UCLA and UC Merced. Two campuses — UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara — were the only two campuses to admit significant numbers of students off their waitlists. These campuses yielded more than 40 percent of students admitted off the waitlist.
This year, UC will administer the AWPE on Saturday, May 14th, to student who have been admitted to the University for fall 2011 and who, by April 1, 2011, have not satisfied the Entry Level Writing Requirement by other means. The cost of the exam is $110; the fee will be waived for students who qualified for an application fee waiver.
Students are not required to take the AWPE is they have a record on file with the University indicating achievement of acceptable scores on:
(1) the SAT Reasoning Test,
(2) the ACT combined English/Writing test,
(3) the Advanced Placement (AP) English Language or Literature examination, or
(4) the International Baccalaureate Higher Level or Standard Level English A examination.
Students also are exempt from the examination if they have successfully completed a transferable college-level English composition course.
Comprehensive information about the Entry Level Writing Requirement and the Analytical Writing Placement Examination is available online at http://www.ucop.edu/elwr. The site explains the examination process and includes previous examinations that can be downloaded and used by students to strengthen their skills in reading comprehension and writing proficiency.
While SAT Subject Tests will not be required for fall 2012 admission or beyond, some campuses recommend that students vying for slots in competitive majors take the tests to demonstrate subject proficiency. For detail (with future update): University of California – SAT Subject Tests
Date: Saturday, April 16, 2011, 9 am – 4 pm
The complete program of Cal Day events will be available online after March 24. For more information, go here.
Do you want to do research this summer on a university campus? Join other high achieving high school junior and seniors doing original research in biology and natural sciences at UC Davis. Only 40 high achieving students currently enrolled as sophomores and juniors will be selected. You work one-on-one with research faculty and research groups in a laboratory for 6 weeks (June 19-July 30, 2011). Each student works on an individual project, prepare a journal quality paper and present at a symposium while living at the university.
For more information and application go to http://ysp.ucdavis.edu
Deadline March 31, 2011