Writing Your Personal Statement
While academic criteria (grades, courses taken, test scores) are most important, the personal statement is also a very important part of the application and selection process. You should view it as a personal interview on paper -- it is your chance to let UCSC know who you really are.
The personal statement is an opportunity to showcase your talent, leadership, initiative, and intellectual curiosity. It can also be used to present any obstacles, opportunities, achievements, and/or special circumstances that have affected your education and your life. When writing the personal statement, try to answer the questions: What did I learn? What have I done with the opportunities I have?
The personal statement section of the application contains two prompts (questions), and you must answer both of them, using at most 1000 words total. You may allocate the word count as you wish, but if you respond to one prompt at greater length, we suggest that the shorter answer be no fewer than 250 words.
UC video with tips to help you write your personal statement