Are you California dreaming? Here’s what you need to know about those UC PIQs

When creating your UC account, you should choose one email address and stick with it throughout the entire application cycle. School email addresses aren’t recommended due to how they tend to shut down after you graduate and the UCs may need to reach out to you the summer before you start college. Some school email addresses may also block the UC schools’ emails. Once you choose an email address, make sure to check your inbox and spam folders regularly for any important information.

Beginning November 1, you will be able to submit your UC applications. You have until November 30 at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time, regardless of which time zone you live in. This doesn’t mean you should wait until the last minute. The UC website could crash, your credit card could have issues, your dog will get sick, your internet will go out, a thunderstorm could hit and knock a tree into your house, of course there’s always the potential for a zombie attack, or your computer could lag-it’s just not worth the risk.

I recently went to a UC info session and learned some great info about the PIQs. Here’s what they said…

  • PIQs are NOT essays. They are answers to questions.

If you’ve experienced hardships due to the pandemic, don’t hesitate to share with them. They want to know about things like internet issues, whether or not you had sufficient space to work at home, your home responsibilities, outside jobs you might have needed to take to help support your family, and any Covid related illnesses you or your family might have experienced.

In particular, they want to know your grades, ECs, and activities might have been affected, changed, or adjusted.

The additional comments section is a completely optional section with a 550-word limit. You can clarify information about an award or activity, talk about any circumstances you’ve faced, or discuss anything that you haven’t had a chance to talk about elsewhere in your application. However, you should not use this section to continue your personal insight questions. Be sure to check out their website for more information .

Be sure to go watch this video and read this info from the UC Apply site: https://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/how-to-apply/applying-as-a-freshman/personal-insight-questions.html https://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/how-to-apply/applying-as-a-transfer/personal-insight-questions.html And here’s what UCLA says about how they evaluate freshman apps:https://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/how-to-apply/applying-as-a-freshman/personal-insight-questions.html More places to go learn more: https://admissions.berkeley.edu/personal-insight-questions https://admission.ucla.edu/apply/personal-insight-questions https://admissions.sa.ucsb.edu/virtual-admissions-events https://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/how-to-apply/applying-as-a-freshman/how-applications-are-reviewed.html https://admission.ucla.edu/apply/freshman/freshman-requirements/application-review-process

UC for You California residents will be held on October 28 from 6:00 -8:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. now for this event! For more information, visit the website.

UC for You Non-California residents and International students will be held on November 6 from 8:00–10:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time. There will be an optional application workshop from 10:00–11:00 a.m. now for this event! For more information, visit the website.

Discover Berkeley Event Series UC Freshman Applicant Checklist

All UC for You programs will be conducted in Zoom and will be recorded. The access link for the live program will be provided in the confirmation email upon completion of registration. The link to access the recordings will be posted to the UC for You website shortly after each event concludes.

Originally published at https://admissionsmom.college on October 22, 2021.

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College Admissions Consultant. Mindfulness in College Admissions. Author: Hey AdmissionsMom: Real Talk from Reddit. www.admissionsmom.college

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College Admissions Consultant. Mindfulness in College Admissions. Author: Hey AdmissionsMom: Real Talk from Reddit. www.admissionsmom.college