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Saturday, January 22, 2011
UC Regents Urge Holistic Approach to Essays and Applications
Students interested in attending a University of California school will be interested to know about changes to admissions policies that are spreading across the university system. The Los Angeles Times reports that University of California regents are urging more schools to take a "holistic" approach favored at UC Berkeley and UCLA in undergraduate admissions that includes grades, their college admission essay and personal life experiences.

The holistic approach places an emphasis on college application essay writing that brings a student's entire history into context. Regents are urging schools to consider applications as one, entire package and be graded as such. In the past, most UC schools had graded essays, grades and interviews individually.

However, both UC Berkeley and UCLA have implemented a policy to consider undergraduate applications within the context of being a complete package rather than individual pieces. Proponents say this is the fairest way to select students from a large pool of applicants. However, this approach is not currently being used within the UC system for a law school personal statement or other post-graduate program application.


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