UCLA Supplemental Questionnaire

Sounds like UCLA is starting to send out supplemental questionnaires. Read on for general advice and how to get more help.


Get the guidance you need on how to best complete your supplemental questionnaire by signing up for my Recommendation/Questionnaire Service. I will review your UC Application, provide an analysis of the potential triggers, and counsel you on the best strategy for answering the questionnaire.


I believe the campus is using the same questionnaire as last year and the questions are broad in scope (one about talent/achievement and one about special circumstances). You will need to go back and review your UC Application to determine what aspects of your background prompted the questionnaire to be issued. Make sure you take the time to carefully think through and respond to the questions. This is likely the final piece of information UCLA needs to make the admission decision.

UCLA Supplemental Questionnaire Guideline

For the talent/achievement question, you want to stress your accomplishments and give as much background information as possible – this is particularly important if your talent/achievement is rare and/or requires some explanation to those unfamiliar with it. Be sure to provide contextual information (for example, explain what the “region” is for a regional award you received and spell out city names and/or any acronyms). If the pursuit of your talent/achievement has impeded your academic/school performance, you will want to address that as well.

For the special circumstances part of the second question, you want to address any obstacles that have prevented you from achieving your full academic potential. Identify issues that may concern UCLA, such as discrepancies between grades and test scores or fluctuation in grades, and address them.

For the educational preparation program part of the second question, you want to provide details about the program(s) in which you have participated, such as the selectivity of the program or if there was an extensive application process, what you learned in the program (academic/non-academic skills, soft/people skills, etc.), and how the program prepared you to succeed in college.

If you have not received your fall grades, you should still fill out the grade report form but enter the grades as IP (in-progress).

You may also want to review the May 2022 Annual Report on Undergraduate Admissions Requirements and Comprehensive Review, where UCLA explained how the “Augmented Review” process is utilized and provided admission stats of students who received such requests.


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4 Comments

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Sarareply
February 13, 2022 at 2:13 pm

Do you know if a letter of recommendation can be uploaded to the UCLA additional supplement? For example, can a person who selected a student to be in an exclusive symphony speak to a students musical talent?

Ms. Sunreply
February 13, 2022 at 8:50 pm
– In reply to: Sara

The UCLA Supplemental Questionnaire only asks the student to provide additional information. There is no option to include a recommendation letter.

razzle.dazzlereply
February 20, 2022 at 3:32 am

I checked my email yesterday and saw that the deadline was for February 19th. I submitted the questionnaire, but all the websites I reviewed stated that the deadline was February 4th… I’m unsure if this is because UCLA extended the deadline, or there’s just something wrong with my portal. Thoughts?

Ms. Sunreply
February 20, 2022 at 8:26 am
– In reply to: razzle.dazzle

UCLA typically releases questionnaires in multiple batches. I believe the earlier deadline was the first batch and I think there were at least two, maybe three, batches that have gone out since then.

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