With so many prospective students applying for admission to UC graduate programs, it's important to stand out from the crowd.

How to apply

You will submit your applications directly to each UC graduate program you are considering. If you're applying to more than one program, even on the same campus, you'll have to submit an application to each one.

Each program may have different admissions requirements and deadlines, so you'll have to plan carefully. Consult deadlines on program websites. UC graduate divisions are also great resources when it comes to application and fellowship deadlines.

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Statement of purpose

Your statement of purpose is a short essay that should be customized for each program to which you apply. You'll want to present yourself as someone who will be a good fit for the program and will make a substantial contribution.

Personal statement

Most UC campuses require a personal statement, also called a history or diversity statement, in addition to a statement of purpose. Make yours count.

Grad school planner

Preparing for graduate school admission starts early — as soon as your freshman year. Follow this year-by-year planner to build a strong application.

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Funding deadlines

If you are applying for a UC fellowship or other funding, pay close attention to the deadlines.

Some programs have two deadlines: one for admissions and funding and another for admission only, which is later. Applications submitted after the first deadline will not be considered for university funding.