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University of California, Irvine | UC Irvine’s 2023-24 Essay Prompts

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350 words

Please respond to any 4 of the 8 questions below.We realize that not all questions apply to all applicants, so be sure to select the 4 questions that you believe give us the best information about you.All 8 questions are given equal consideration in the application review process. Responses to each question should be between 250-350 words.

Option 1

Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes or contributed to group efforts over time.

Option 2

Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side.

Option 3

What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?

Option 4

Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.

Option 5

Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome this challenge. How has this challenge affected your academic achievement?

Option 6

Think about an academic subject that inspires you. Describe how you have furthered this interest inside and/or outside of the classroom.

Option 7

What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?

Option 8

Beyond what has already been shared in your application, what do you believe makes you stand out as a strong candidate for admissions to the University of California?

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