|Students who got into UC say:|
Essay (37) |
| | The interview is useless. You don't need to do it.
Of course, the essay is very important. Express yourself very well, be creative, be personable, be honest.
Write a great essay. Something really broad. I wrote mine on the accumulation of information in the world and how this could spell doom for humanity.
| Public Policy|
| Nov 05 2007 |
also, good SAT helps, really spend some time on the uncommon app. I didn't have an ACT. I didn't get an interview. I think you need to stand out from the general good-stats candidate. make them think you belong here.
Be creative with your essay, and unique. Go for an interview, and have something to say...ask questions...don't just sit there like a vegetable and have the interviewer talk to you. It really isn't that hard to get in. If you are interested in this kind of place at all, you probably already have the qualifications. The University has trouble filling all its undergrad spots, so admissions are a little more relaxed than it appears. The median SATs are a lot lower than what is listed at this site. If you are a hard-core academic, you probably won't have too much trouble getting in. If you aren't, you should have some unique talent or demonstrated some initiative in your life. For example, one student I knew had a business while in high school. Another ran their own magazine. Interviews can help, but they can also hurt. Don't make any assumptions about your interviewer (mine didn't really like Chicago.) Focus most of your effort on the essay, as I believe it is the most important part. I wrote a pretty off-the-wall creative essay, and I think that won me points. Applying early decision also improves your chances.