The changes come at a time when admission to California's public colleges and universities is more competitive than ever.
The UC system received over 206,000 applications for undergraduate admission in the most recent cycle – a record.
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She must have nailed it: she'll be attending the University of California - Los Angeles in the fall.
Her friend, 11th grader Ariana Reyes, looks up to Sandoval's accomplishments because she also wants to attend UCLA, to study biology.
The only common denominator is truly an appetite for excellence.” There’s so much “hustle and bustle” at UCLA that it would be virtually “impossible to [be] bored.” While nearly everyone’s “main focus is on school,” most students also know how to “play hard.” Indeed, “whether it be in Greek life, a club or organization, everybody has somewhere they can go to relax and have some fun.
The apartments are close to campus, so nearly everybody lives in a small area with close proximity.” Sports “are extremely popular here, and conversations about the Bruins are common.” There are also “tons of movie showings on campus, recreation centers, pools, activities, [and] events.” Additionally, students love being located in Los Angeles.
"In certain ways, it felt like it was more of a struggle." Students will now choose among eight prompts designed to allow the students to portray the aspects of their life they feel are most relevant: they can write about how they've showed creativity or leadership skills, a favorite class or academic subject, or a challenge in life or educational barrier they've overcome.
“It’s less quantitative and [gets at] more of who they are, and it provides context for the entire application so you can explain what you’ve been through, what you’ve accomplished, why your grades were a certain way, or what you’re amazing at that isn’t reflected in other parts of the application,” Doan said.