I too would have preferred a lengthened, single PS/Why UCI document. But alas, here we are.
yamsandmoreyams wrote:Checking in.rstahl wrote:Checking in. UCI alumni.
Why on Earth is the PS 500 words? If the goal is to get as many applications as possible to have more applicants to pick and choose from, why would they choose to have their PS structure deviate so much from that of their competitors? My PS was already short - just under 2 pages with 12pt Times font, and just over 2 pages with 12.5pt Times font. With that length, I have 628 words and everything adds something I feel is essential. Frustrating :/
I found this to be annoying too. It would've been better for UCI to just combine the "Why UCI" essay with the personal statement and allow for a longer PS. After some editing I was only able to shorten my UCI PS to 600 words, I submitted it anyway.