UCLA Supplemental Questionnaire

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


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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. You may want to provide information 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).


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12 Comments

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Gavinreply
January 31, 2020 at 8:27 pm

If you don’t receive a questionnaire, are you able to provide your fall grades or is this just for students that received the request for supplemental information? i don’t see anywhere to submit my fall grades.
Thanks!

Ms. Sunreply
February 1, 2020 at 4:13 pm
– In reply to: Gavin

Students who receive a questionnaire may report their fall grades as part of the form.

Danielareply
January 31, 2020 at 9:33 pm

Is it applicants with specific stats that receive the supplemental questionnaire?

Ms. Sunreply
February 1, 2020 at 4:17 pm
– In reply to: Daniela

Supplemental questionnaires generally go out to students who show promise of success (so UCLA thinks they are worth considering for admission) but appear to have circumstances that require further clarification (additional information may help clarify their potential/achievements and their personal context).

Audreyreply
February 4, 2020 at 2:34 pm

Does UCLA want a more straight-forward or creative kind of answer to the question?

Ms. Sunreply
February 4, 2020 at 2:47 pm
– In reply to: Audrey

I would say try to match the tone of your UC Application (but maybe lean more toward being straightforward).

akireply
February 5, 2020 at 3:34 pm

Do I include +\- when adding my first semester senior year grades?

Ms. Sunreply
February 5, 2020 at 4:13 pm
– In reply to: aki

It’s up to you. Usually I would say include the +/- if it’s in your favor (such as a B+); but it’s a double-edged sword because you should be consistent and include both (so if you have one B+ grade and a bunch of A- grades, maybe just skip the +/- altogether).

Lielreply
February 11, 2020 at 7:57 am

Would it be bad if I name drop UCLA in my supplemental questionnaire?

Ms. Sunreply
February 11, 2020 at 9:21 am
– In reply to: Liel

That depends on HOW you are name-dropping.

Kylereply
February 11, 2020 at 7:11 pm

The limit of 600 words/ 4000 characters is whatever comes first, right?

Ms. Sunreply
February 11, 2020 at 8:33 pm
– In reply to: Kyle

The form has a counter and it seems to use 4,000 characters as the limit.

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