College Essay Series: Writing the UC Personal Insight Questions (PIQs)
Updated: Feb 22
It can be overwhelming for students to start the UC Application and learn that the University of California wants them to write not one but four essays. Each essay should be no more than 350 words in length, and students can’t reuse their Common App Personal Statement.
Not to worry! Robert Powers, the college counselor at College Torch, has created a brief guide for each of the eight UC essay prompts. And, he’s published them all here in the College Torch Blog.
So, read on! Choose the essay you want to learn more about:
Introduction: 5 Tips for Writing Stellar UC Essays
UC Prompt #1: Writing the Leadership Essay
UC Prompt #2: Writing the Creativity Essay
UC Prompt #3: Writing the Talent or Skill Essay
UC Prompt #4: Writing the Educational Opportunity or Barrier Essay
UC Prompt #5: Writing the Personal Challenge Essay
UC Prompt #6: Writing the Academic Interest Essay
UC Prompt #7: Writing the Community Improvement Essay
UC Prompt #8: Writing the Outstanding Characteristic Essay
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Robert Powers (M.A. Johns Hopkins) is the college consultant at College Torch. He is an expert in colleges and the college admissions process. Follow College Torch by joining our Facebook group for Parents of College-Bound Students.