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UC Berkeley's Acceptance Process

Hey y'all, getting a little stressed about applying to college. Anyone knows how the acceptance process works at the University of California, Berkeley?

8 days ago

Hey there, I totally get the nerves, the process can be daunting! For UC Berkeley, you need to submit your application during the filing period which falls between October 1 and November 30. The application will ask you about your academic history, including your GPA and the courses you've taken, and your personal experiences, like extracurriculars and personal insights.

Within that application, there's an important part called the personal insight questions. You'll choose four out of eight questions to answer. These questions are your chance to shine and show off the qualities that you can bring to the UC Berkeley community. Especially since UC Berkeley is a highly selective institution, thoughtful, personal responses are crucial, to show what you have to offer that even other academically qualified applicants do not.

For detailed guidance on how to tackle these personal insight questions, I'd recommend checking out this blog post from CollegeVine: https://blog.collegevine.com/how-to-write-the-university-of-california-essays

And don't forget, the UC schools, including UC Berkeley, don't require recommendation letters for the majority of their applicants. They may, however, request them for a supplementary review from a select number of applicants, usually towards the end of the process, so it's not a bad idea to have someone in mind to ask, or to let the recommenders who are writing your letters for other colleges know about this possibility.

It's also worth noting that UC Berkeley and all the other UC schools are fully test-blind, so your SAT or ACT scores won't be considered at all in their admission process. There's a fee associated with sending in your scores, so make sure you don't accidentally waste your money sending them to UC Berkeley!

8 days ago

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