Make sure your answers to the personal insight questions follow a logical structure. Try to think about how it may seem to an audience who doesn’t know you. Input from people you trust—teachers, friends, relatives—can help you get different perspectives on how your answers to the questions affect those who are reading them.
Your answer to a personal insight question isn’t effective simply because it chronicles difficult circumstances. Rather, an effective answer to any question gives us a clear sense of your personal qualities and how you have used and developed them in response to your opportunities and challenges.
The following are tips to help applicants find appropriate topics, styles, and tones for their answers to the personal insight questions. Please also see the .
In your application—including your answers to the personal insight questions—we are looking for evidence of your intellectual curiosity and your interest in personal development. UCLA is a dynamic and exciting place—due largely to our creative, ambitious, and diverse student body. We anticipate that the applicants we admit will contribute to the intellectual vitality, cultural life, and diversity of UCLA.
Admission to UCLA is highly selective, as we receive far more applications from qualified students than we can accommodate. For detailed information about the freshman and transfer admission processes, refer to our pages on and criteria. We also recommend that you discuss your academic program with your high school or college counselor.
The University is interested in knowing about your military service. Therefore, you may wish to use the personal insight questions to communicate the following.
The deadline to apply to Fall Quarter 2017 has passed. The next opportunity to apply will be for Fall Quarter 2018; the application will be available in August.
The GMAT and/or GRE test date must be no earlier than five years before the application submission date to be valid, and not later than the deadline date for the round in which you are applying.
We primarily evaluate your top score, but all scores reported to UCLA Anderson are visible to the Admissions Committee.