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SAT scores good enough for Berkeley EECS?

kinetix64kinetix64 Posts: 250Registered User Junior Member
Ok, so I'm currently a senior about to apply to UC Berkeley. I have a SAT I score of 2140, with the breakdown: 700 CR, 720 W, 720 M. I was wondering if this is at least a decent score for Berkeley EECS, because I don't have time to retake it. Also, I have an SAT Subject Test score of 780/800 for Math 2, and 720/800 for Physics (going to retake this in November.) So are my scores sufficient enough for me to have a decent chance at being admitted, especially the SAT I score? I know that they do consider other factors when they decide, but I want to know whether it is at least an acceptable score. Thanks!
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Replies to: SAT scores good enough for Berkeley EECS?

  • Chairman MeowChairman Meow Posts: 396Registered User Member
    Yes, I would say it's good enough, if your gpa is 4.2+ weighted.
  • kinetix64kinetix64 Posts: 250Registered User Junior Member
    i got a 2240 in december
  • DiivioDiivio Posts: 1,290Registered User Senior Member
    I have a friend who was accepted into EECS (Class of 2014), and he had only 3.9 unweighted and 1980 SAT score (don't know his subject test scores). I was also accepted with a 4.0 unweighted with a 32 ACT (according to the equivalency chart, that's about a 2080-2100 SAT), and 740s on my math II, history, and bio SAT subject tests. So I think you're definitely in the ballpark for admission assuming a high GPA and good ECs and essays. Also he was in the top 10% and I was rank 1, so that may have helped too.

    PS: We were both Asian (Asian in the continental sense, so Indians,middle easterners, and Southeast Asians fit in there too) so I don't think URM played an issue, if it ever does play an issue
  • billabongsurfbillabongsurf Posts: 35Registered User Junior Member
    i agree with chairman meow. a 2140 is a good score, but mind you most kids that get in score above 2200. also, the score isn't everything. u basically have to have straight a's, 4's and 5's on ap's, and good sat ii's.
  • kinetix64kinetix64 Posts: 250Registered User Junior Member
    ^I got a SAT score of 2240 in December, so the score of 2140 is not the one you should consider.
  • mantellmantell Posts: 29Registered User New Member
    Check out this website: University of California: StatFinder
    You can organize the tables to reflect admission statistics for 3 areas, but idk all of your stats. Just as an example, for Cal's 2009 admissions, people who applied to college of engineering and scored between 2100-2400 on SAT were admitted 62.5% of the time. Obviously, that is a big range, and it doesn't take into account your GPA or EC's, but that is going to be relatively close.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Posts: 35,536Registered User Senior Member
    Diivio wrote: »
    PS: We were both Asian (Asian in the continental sense, so Indians,middle easterners, and Southeast Asians fit in there too) so I don't think URM played an issue, if it ever does play an issue

    Asian = ORM at Berkeley in general, and especially in engineering (and it has been that way for decades)
  • DiivioDiivio Posts: 1,290Registered User Senior Member
    ^yeah that's why I said URM didn't play an issue, since we were Asian. If you don't have that 2200 or over, just make sure you make up for it by having a strong GPA, good ECs, and essays. Honestly beyond that, there's a bit of luck involved for everyone. Good luck!
  • kinetix64kinetix64 Posts: 250Registered User Junior Member
    Is anyone not reading the post I made that I got a 2240, so do NOT consider the 2140? Jeez...
  • DiivioDiivio Posts: 1,290Registered User Senior Member
    ^oh lol, woops, well then you have nothing to worry about as long as your GPA, ECs, and essays are great, involved, and sincere, respectively.
  • kinetix64kinetix64 Posts: 250Registered User Junior Member
    lol it's all good
  • kinetix64kinetix64 Posts: 250Registered User Junior Member
    got rejected from UCLA, this sucks. not very hopeful at all about Berkeley now...
  • momfirst3momfirst3 Posts: 1,156Registered User Senior Member
    I was just wondering what your GPA was? Maybe it's your GPA that was the problem. My son was accepted last year to Berkeley and UCLA for undeclared engineering. He had an SAT of 2090 but an ACT of 34. So yes, you can still get in to Berkeley. Don't lose hope yet..... Remember the UC's are very competitive. There are many qualified applicants that get rejected. Somehow everything works out in the end. You will get into a good college and you will be happy with where you attend. Hang in there.
  • kinetix64kinetix64 Posts: 250Registered User Junior Member
    ^Thanks for the encouraging words momfirst3. I honestly have no idea what my GPA is for the UCs, because I moved here from India in my junior year, so my transcript's divided. I think my US transcript said that I have a 3.8 Cal Grant GPA... so that might be it? Also I was denied all Honors classes in junior year, so I had only 1 AP.
  • momfirst3momfirst3 Posts: 1,156Registered User Senior Member
    That might have been it. GPA is very important to UCLA. They also like to see a very challenging schedule. The students you are competing with to get into engineering often have many,many AP's. I've heard that Berkeley is a tad more holistic than UCLA, but EECS is super competitive. There's really no way to predict what will happen. My son had an unweighted GPA of 4.0 and a weighted GPA of 4.73 and he got the talent supplement from Berkeley. Go figure?? I'm sure you have done your best. Just see where you get accepted and then weigh your options. You don't have to go to Cal or UCLA to be a success. Trust me. It will all work out in the end. :-)
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