• Ritika Jena (MS Marketing)- University of Drexel
  • Saumitra Tiwari (MS Electrical Engineering) – Boston University
  • Parikshit Jain- Santa Clara Univesity, MS Computer Science
  • Nipun (MBA)- University of North Carolina with 80% Scholarship.
  • Ankita Mahajan (MBA)- SUNY BUFFALO
  • Uday Singh- Universit of Texas, Dallas – MS Computer Science
  • Pooja Sahu – Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago (MBA)
  • Achintya University of Texas Dallas, San Jose, Santa Clara for MS Business Analytics
  • Komalbir Kaur – Pennsylvania State University (MS Electrical Engineering)
  • Vedita- University of Cincinnati for MIS
  • Pankaj Arora-MBA-NUS
  • Abhinav Sharma-MBA-HKUST
  • Rishabh Tapiyal – Missouri State University and New Jersey Institute of Technology ( MS Engineering Management )
  • Karan (MS Computer Science)- New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Parikshit Madahar – New Jersey Institute of Technology (MS Software Engineering)
  • Ashish Suri (MBA) – University of Arizona (Eller ) with 85% scholarship.
  • Sahil Lodha – Northwestern University (Kellog) – MBA
  • Akshay Arora – Syrcacuse University
  • Aakanksha Kohli – Master’s in Environmental Engineering NYU Tandon School of Engineering 
  • Rajat Bokaria – MBA Schulich School of Business
  • Mohit Vasu – MBA Schulich School of Business
  • Akshat Sati – MBA University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC) with 50% scholarship, UC Irvine with $45000 scholarship
  • Nitush Mahipal – MBA IE Spain
  • Rahul Sharma – MBA University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management
  • Ayush Gupta – MBA University of Arizona with 100% scholarship
  • Naman Chopra – MS in Mechanical Engineering Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Ankit Chaudhri – MBA Schulich School of Business
  • Mukul Khanna – MBA HEC Paris
  • Rikesh – MBA IE Spain with 30% scholarship
  • Rashneetpal Singh – MBA Schulich School of Business
  • Ankur Agarwal – MBA Indian School of Business (ISB)
  • Akarsh Garg – Undergraduate Boston University, University of California Davis, Purdue University
  • Abhishek – MBA IIM-Calcutta
  • Apeksha Gautam – MBA Indian School of Business (ISB)
  • Ashish Suri – MBA Eller College of Management, University of Arizona with 100% Scholarship, Schulich School of Business
  • Karan Jain – MBA Simon Business School 50% scholarship
  • Abhishek Bishnoi – MBA Tepper School of Business, University of Virginia
  • Sargun Sachdeva – MBA Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
  • Sahil Dadhwal – MBA University of Arizona (Eller) with 100% scholarship
  • Minaxi – MS in Computer Science University of Southern California
  • Rachit – MS in CS USC, Arizona State university and NYU GSAS
  • Sneha Arora – Undergraduation Purdue University, Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati (20,000 $ scholarship), Indiana Bloomington
  • Nitish Ghosal – MS Business Analytics, Global MISM Purdue University, Carneige Mellon University
  • Munish Chabra – MBA Kelley School of Business, 80% scholarship
  • Upasana – MBA University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with 60% scholarship
  • Akshay Arora – MS MIS Syracuse University and University of Texas Dallas
  • Saurabh Verma – MS Computer Science and MS ITM University of Texas, Dallas, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Saurya Singh – MBA Indian School of Business 
  • Anish Ranjan – MS in CS Texas A & M University
  • Ankur Khemani – MS in CS University of Southern California
  • Shray Sharan – MBA Texas A&M College Station
  • SAGARNEEL SARMA – MSE in Electrical Engineering University of Pennsylvania
  • Gaurav Chauhan – MS Civil Engineering Arizona State University
  • Chandan Bhattacharjee – Texas A & M University
  • Pallavi – MS in MIS University of Maryland
  • Himanshu Mehta – MS in Mechanical Engineering University of Maryland College Park
  • Rikhil – MS Finance UT Dallas
  • Deepanshu Sharma – MBA Tulane University
  • Nishant Kochhar – Undergraduate Purdue University
  • Kritath – MS in Business Analytics University of Florida with $10,000 scholarship
  • Deepak Hooda – MBA Cleveland State University
  • Ashmeet Jabbal – Ms Public Relations Boston Universty
  • Sukhneeraj – PHD in Immunology University of Georgiawith 100% Scholarship
  • Rahul Kapil Sharma – MS in Telecommunications University of Maryland College Park
  • Aditya Kaushal – MS Electrical Engineering SUNY Buffalo
  • Niharika Jain – MS Entertainment Technology CMU
  • Varun Elaproru – Ms in Construction Management “Georgia Institute of Technology Texas A& M university”
  • Sachin Arora – MBA University of Cincinnati (50% scholarship)
  • Rahul Singhal – MS CS NCSU
  • Shruti Chandok – MBA Schulich school of Business
  • Nisarg Trehan – MS Construction Project Management New York University
  • Prateek Agarwal – MBA University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC)with 50% scholarship
  • Kumkum – MSBA University of Houston
  • Varun Bindra – MS MIS Texas A & M University & University of Arizona (Eller)
  • Akshay Khanna – MS Business Analytics Arizona State University
  • Daljeet Singh – MS Agricultural Sciences UIUC (With $ 23,000 scholarship)
  • Prakhar Keshri – MS Software Engineering Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • Gaurav Gangwar – MS Mechanical Engineering University of Texas, 10,000 $ Scholarship
  • Amshika Amar – Masters of Public Policy Georgetown University
  • Shitij Juneja – MS Computer Science University Of Pennsylvania
  • Ankit Sharma – MS Finance University of Rochester (Simon) with 50% Tuition Fee Waiver
  • Gagandeep Singh – MS MIS UIC, Chicago, NEU, Boston
  • Abhinav Bindal – MS Structural Engineering and Geomechanics Stanford University
  • Tushar Sharma – MS MIS University of Texas Dallas, University of Cincinnati and RIT (with $12,000 scholarship)
  • Geetansh Gulati – MS MIS University of Arizona (with $10,000 scholarship)
  • Atharva Hans – Undergraduate Studies Purdue University & Penn State University 
  • Pratik Singhi – MS Real Estate Management Columbia University, Cornell University and NYU
  • Khatib Mallik – MIS/MS Software Engineering Pennsylvania State University, Arizona State University, University of Texas, Dallas
  • Yash Kansal – Undergraduate Studies UCLA, UCSD, USC & UT Austin
  • Devna Grover – Undergraduate Studies Umass Amherst ($48000), Purdue University, Pennsylvania State University, Michigan State University
  • Shakti Singh – MS Software Engineering Carneigie Mellon University
  • Shrinand Aggarwal – Undergraduate Studies Boston University, Texas A & M University
  • Winnie Narang – MS Computer Science Columbia University
  • Shruti Dimbla – Undergraduate Studies University of Waterloo
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  • Abhiraj Sharma – Drexel University (with 50% scholarship)
  • Paras Gupta – Miami University (with $10,000 scholarship)
  • Manik Mehta – Ohio State University (with $20,000 scholarship)
  • Sanajana Mohan – Georgia Tech University (with $10,000 scholarship)
  • Kavita Mehta – University of Dartmouth (with 100% scholarship)
  • Devna Grover – University of Massachussets Amherst (with $48,000 scholarship)
  • Sangita Verma – RIT (with $20,000 scholarship)
  • Sukneeraj Kaur – University of Georgia (with 100% scholarship) PhD. Pharmaceutical Sciences 
  • Rohit Kumar – NYU (with 40% scholarship) Ms EE
  • Achintya Sen – University of Texas, Dallas (with $10,000 scholarship) MSBA
  • Hitchintan Kaur – University of IOWA (with 100% tuition fees waiver) PhD. Biomedical Sciences 
  • Amit Sharma – Ohio State University (with 100% scholarship) Integrated Biomedical Sciences 
  • Meera Jindal – University of Minnesota (with 100% tuition fees waiver) MS CS 
  • Nidhi Bhatra – University of New Mexico (with 100% scholarship) PhD. Biomedical Sciences 
  • Shilpi Aggarwal – Harvard University (with 100% presidential scholarship) Masters in Public Health
  • Deepak Kumar – University of Illinois (with 100% scholarship) PhD. Cell and Molecular Biology 
  • Geetansh Gulati – University of Arizona (with $15,000 Scholarship) MS MIS
  • Vaibhav Mittal – University of Florida (With $10,000 scholarship) Ms ECE
  • Gaurav Chawan – University of Florida (with 50% scholarship) MS Civil Engineering 
  • Shweta Maheshwari – Harvard University (with 100% scholarship) Masters in Public Health
  • Yogur Kaur – University of Texas (HSC) with 100% Scholarship PhD. Biomedical Sciences 
  • Aditya Kaushal – NYU (with 40% scholarship) MS in EE
  • Sweta Mall Indiana University (Kelley) with 50 % scholarship
  • Puneet Satija – University of Maryland (Robert.H.Smith) with 50% scholarship
  • Deepanshu Sharma – Tulane University 40% scholarship
  • Sunny – University of Massachusetts Boston with 75% scholarship
  • Gurpreet Kaur – University of North Carolina (Kenan-Flager) with 50% scholarship
  • Nipun Sehgal – University of north Carolina (Kenan Flagler) with 80% scholarship
  • Swati Bansal – Carnegie Mellon (Tepper) with 50% Scholarship
  • Shalabh Garg – SMU (COX) with $50000 scholarship
  • Rohit kohli – University of Arizona with 75% scholarship
  • Rikesh – IE Spain with (with 10,000 euro scholarship)
  • Mahos Markos – Washington University (Olin) with 50% scholarship
  • Nitesh Sharma – Babson University (Olin) with $ 10000 scholarship
  • Krishna A Chowdhary – University of Georgia with 100% scholarship
  • Abhinav Gaur – Notre Dame (Mendoza) with 50% Scholarship
  • Swati Kirti – University of Arizona (Eller) 100% scholarship
  • Ankita Mahajan – Babson College with $10,000 scholarship)
  • Somari Raturi – York Schulich with 40% scholarship
  • Ritika Dogra University of Pittsburg (Katz) 75% Scholarship
  • Vivek Pundit – Carnegie Mellon ( Tepper)School of Business
  • Chinmay Wanmali – Drexel University (Lebow College of Business)with 60% Scholarship
  • Anupam Sharma – Texas A& M with 100% scholarship
  • Upsana Gupta – UIUC with 75% scholarship
  • Shrey Shekhar – SMU (COX) with 100% scholarship
  • Ayush Gupta – University of Arizona Eller with 100% scholarship
  • Rahul Sharma – University of Rochester (Simon) with 40% Scholarship
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What do you want UC to know about you? Here’s your chance to tell us in your own words.

Directions

  • You will have 8 questions to choose from. You must respond to only 4 of the 8 questions.
  • Each response is limited to a maximum of 350 words.
  • Which questions you choose to answer is entirely up to you:  But you should select questions that are most relevant to your experience and that best reflect your individual circumstances.

Keep in mind

  • All questions are equal:  All are given equal consideration in the application review process, which means there is no advantage or disadvantage to choosing certain questions over others.
  • There is no right or wrong way to answer these questions:  It’s about getting to know your personality, background, interests and achievements in your own unique voice.

Questions & guidance

Remember, the personal questions are just that — personal. Which means you should use our guidance for each question just as a suggestion in case you need help.  The important thing is expressing who are you, what matters to you and what you want to share with UC.

  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.  

    Things to consider:A leadership role can mean more than just a title. It can mean being a mentor to others, acting as the person in charge of a specific task, or a taking lead role in organizing an event or project. Think about your accomplishments and what you learned from the experience.  What were your responsibilities?

Did you lead a team? How did your experience change your perspective on leading others? Did you help to resolve an important dispute at your school, church in your community or an organization? And your leadership role doesn’t necessarily have to be limited to school activities.  For example, do you help out or take care of your family?

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.

Things to consider:  What does creativity mean to you? Do you have a creative skill that is important to you? What have you been able to do with that skill? If you used creativity to solve a problem, what was your solution? What are the steps you took to solve the problem?

How does your creativity influence your decisions inside or outside the classroom? Does your creativity relate to your major or a future career?

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

Things to consider: If there’s a talent or skill that you’re proud of, this is the time to share it. You don’t necessarily have to be recognized or have received awards for your talent (although if you did and you want to talk about, feel free to do so). Why is this talent or skill meaningful to you?

Does the talent come naturally or have you worked hard to develop this skill or talent? Does your talent or skill allow you opportunities in or outside the classroom? If so, what are they and how do they fit into your schedule?

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

Things to consider: An educational opportunity can be anything that has added value to your educational experience and better prepared you for college. For example, participation in an honors or academic enrichment program, or enrollment in an academy that’s geared toward an occupation or a major, or taking advanced courses that interest you — just to name a few.

If you choose to write about educational barriers you’ve faced, how did you overcome or strived to overcome them? What personal characteristics or skills did you call on to overcome this challenge? How did overcoming this barrier help shape who are you today?

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?

Things to consider: A challenge could be personal, or something you have faced in your community or school. Why was the challenge significant to you? This is a good opportunity to talk about any obstacles you’ve faced and what you’ve learned from the experience. Did you have support from someone else or did you handle it alone?

If you’re currently working your way through a challenge, what are you doing now, and does that affect different aspects of your life? For example, ask yourself, “How has my life changed at home, at my school, with my friends, or with my family?”

6.  Describe your favorite academic subject and explain how it has influenced you.

Things to consider: Discuss how your interest in the subject developed and describe any experience you have had inside and outside the classroom — such as volunteer work, summer programs, participation in student organizations and/or activities — and what you have gained from your involvement.

Has your interest in the subject influenced you in choosing a major and/or career? Have you been able to pursue coursework at a higher level in this subject (honors, AP, IB, college or university work)?

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

Things to consider: Think of community as a term that can encompass a group, team or a place – like your high school, hometown, or home. You can define community as you see fit, just make sure you talk about your role in that community. Was there a problem that you wanted to fix in your community?

Why were you inspired to act?  What did you learn from your effort? How did your actions benefit others, the wider community or both? Did you work alone or with others to initiate change in your community?

8. What is the one thing that you think sets you apart from other candidates applying to the University of California?

Things to consider: Don’t be afraid to brag a little. Even if you don’t think you’re unique, you are — remember, there’s only one of you in the world. From your point of view, what do you feel makes you belong on one of UC’s campuses? When looking at your life, what does a stranger need to understand in order to know you?

What have you not shared with us that will highlight a skill, talent, challenge, or opportunity that you think will help us know you better? We’re not necessarily looking for what makes you unique compared to others, but what makes you, YOU.

 

Source: http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/how-to-apply/personal-questions/freshman