While most universities only require verification on test scores and grades and will rely on the applicant’s integrity for the rest of the details, reports MercuryNews, the University of California system will further investigate applicant assertions.
So if you didn’t really donate your last paycheck to save the whales, then don’t say you did. And if you aren’t really descended from a Sioux Indian chief, then don’t say you are. And finally, if you don’t really dance for the Rockettes, then don’t say you do.
In short, be honest. The UC “application police” won’t just be checking for plagiarism in your essays, but for falsifications (read: FIBS or even, yes, EXAGGERATIONS).
In fact, last month alone UC sent 1,000 letters to applicants requesting that they provide proof for claims in their application essays, personal statements, or other application fields. The admissions offices at UC schools are now being flooded with photos, certificates, trophies, receipts, and other memorabilia that will prove a student’s accomplishments.
UC chooses students at random to receive letters requesting proof. The UC administration believes the fear factor associated with the possibility of being chosen will inspire an applicant to stick as close to the truth as possible. Just like the potential IRS audit for the applicant’s parents.
UC has been utilizing this sleuth-style admissions strategy since 2003.
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