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Dedicated to giving prospective students the edge they need to distinguish themselves among tens of thousands of peers, this guidebook demystifies the essay portion of the application process to the top University of California schools, including those in Berkeley, Los Angeles, and San Diego.
With the high level of selectivity at University of California programs, the unique essay requirements posed by the schools, and the ever-climbing number of applicants, the book arms readers with 50 example essays that feature a discussion of the positive and negative aspect to each one, tips from college admission officers and successful applicants, and a description of the 25 essay mistakes to avoid at all costs.
For anyone wishing to become a Bruin, Golden Bear, or student at any school affiliated with the University of California system, this resource serves as the ultimate must-have to maximize success when composing the essay portion of an application.
About Authors Gen and Kelly Tanabe
As admission officers look for more subtle ways to make fine distinctions among so many qualified applicants, the personal statement, or college essay assumes growing importance. This book can help students gain the necessary edge that will make their applications stand out. Gen and Kelly Tanabe are nationally recognized experts in every facet of the college application process. They have written several books on the topic and blend humor, organization and specific real life examples with a highly readable style to assure your success.”
David Miller, Director of College Counseling, Stevenson School
I would like to extend my greatest appreciation to your Accepted” publication. I recently applied to Cornell University. I read your book from cover to back, wrote an essay about Snorkeling in Okinawa” (which most people criticized), and got ACCEPTED to Cornell. Thank you very much for your help, and I’ll be sure to refer this book to anyone applying to college.”
If you’re struggling with your essays, the Tanabes offer some encouragement.”
College Bound Magazine
At the most selective University of California schools you only have a one in five chance of being admitted. While grades and test scores are important, you can’t really change them once you are a senior. The one thing you can improve on is your essay. The essay is your best opportunity to present who you are beyond your grades and scores. It is where you set yourself apart from the other four applicants. This guide will help you craft that successful UC essay. You will learn:
How to select the best topic to showcase your strengths and passions
What UC admissions officers want to see in your essay
The 25 mistakes that guarantee failure
Top tips from UC students on how to write a winning essay
PLUS, you will read more than 50 essays written by students who got into the top UC schools. Each includes a complete analysis so you will learn exactly what worked and why.
Gen Tanabe and Kelly Tanabe are the authors of 14 books including The Ultimate Guide to America's Best Colleges, The Ultimate Scholarship Book, and How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay. They tour the country as speakers on college planning and live in Belmont, California.