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Essay Breakdown: UC Schools

  • How to Write the UC Berkeley/University of California Application Essays 2016-2017

    Founded in 1868, UC Berkeley is the oldest institution in the University of California system, all of which are public research universities. With over 38,000 students, Berkeley is an academic powerhouse in a wide range of fields, ranked third on the U.S. News’ 2015 Best Global Universities for its worldwide reputation. For the 2016 entering class, Berkeley received 82,539 applications and admitted 12,226 for an admission rate of 14.8%. Its admissions rate has been steadily declining over the past five years. The University of California system has just developed a new set of eight application prompts, from which you choose four. Each essay has a maximum of 350 words.

  • How to Write the UC School Application Essays 2015-2016

    The University of California (UC) system comprises many of America’s best public universities. Indeed, schools from the UC system are six of Admissions Hero’s top 20 public colleges. All of the major UC schools have strong programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields, and the flagship schools (UCLA and UC Berkeley) also have […]

  • How to Tackle the UC School Supplemental Essays for 2014-15

    Note: this blog post has been updated for the 2015-2016 application cycle. To view the most recent version, click here. The University of California (UC) system comprises many of America’s best public universities (schools from the UC system are six of Admissions Hero’s top 20 public colleges). All of the major UC schools have strong programs […]