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How hard is it to get into UC Berkeley?

NinjaguyNinjaguy Posts: 33Registered User Junior Member
I am a non-cali resident.
around what stats do you need?
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Replies to: How hard is it to get into UC Berkeley?

  • crunchcrunch Posts: 104Registered User Junior Member
    S got in EE for Fall 2010 OOS
    2120 SAT
    720, 670 SATII
    10/425ish
    4.0 UW
  • gekkomangekkoman Posts: 242Registered User Junior Member
  • superexcitedsuperexcited Posts: 736Registered User Member
    Is there huge emphasis on ECs?
  • CentermidCentermid Posts: 17Registered User New Member
    I got in OOS from Georgia with a 2190 SAT, 700 bio subject test, and 670 literature. 3.95UW and top 10% of my class. My essays were "beyond outstanding", though. (Not trying to brag; that's what my counselor told me.)

    As for EC's, I don't have stellar ones but the things I do have I've been doing for 3+ years. I think they (and every college) would prefer commitment over quantity of ECs.
  • mathboy98mathboy98 Posts: 3,752Registered User Senior Member
    Depends on your major. A high GPA is very advisable, and other things are a plus. But the former is quite advisable if you want a reasonably certain chance.
  • lanimerlanimer Posts: 78Registered User Junior Member
    Here in NorCal there were a lot of acceptances this year with SAT's in 1800's and gpa's of 3.2 (average). These kids had no athletics or many EC's. For whatever reason it was really easy to get in for fall 2010. (At least 15 kids from local large public school had these stats and were admitted)
  • insomniac159insomniac159 Posts: 328Registered User Member
    I'm an OOS admit from Colorado.

    SAT I : 2100
    SAT II: 590 World History, 730 Math II, 730 - Bio M
    GPA: 4.0UW/4.4W
    Rank: 1/453
    AP Classes: ten total, including this year (five tests completed, though)
    EC's: Nothing major, really. They were all focussed on my passion (medicine/science), though.

    Good luck!
  • knkdancerknkdancer Posts: 10Registered User New Member
    I got in as an OOSer from New York.
    SAT: 2010
    Critical reading- 640
    Math- 660
    Writing- 710
    SAT IIs: 540 Spanish with listening, 650 English
    GPA: 96.5/100
    Class Rank: Top 2%
    Great extra-curriculars with many leadership roles
    very good essays.

    I was very surprised I got accepted, as my SATs are sub-par, but it just goes to show you that UC Berkeley absolutely looks at the application holistically. Best of luck!
  • rider730rider730 Posts: 2,980Registered User Senior Member
    Social engineering - the desire to admit a certain slice of students from every geography in the state as well as to help someone who faced disadvantages or adversity. That means that Cal might accept much lower stats at a crappy (forgive me, used the term just for literary effect) high school than other students from a very competitive and high performing school.

    If it were otherwise, they might take a quarter of the graduating class from the top 5% of high schools in the state and almost nobody else. That is seen as unfair, penalizing those who didn't have the advantage of attending the better schools.
  • berry14berry14 Posts: 385Registered User Member
    i think UCB really really looks at things that make u diff from other ppl, and if u had a problem that may have caused lower sat scores or grades, they'll take that into consideration.

    UCB was the ONLY school out of all that i applied, that i got in mostly because of a disability that affected my school work/sat scores. if i didn't get into UCB, i would've ended up at a lower end school like LMU or pepperdine. i didn't get into USC, NYU, claremont or any of those top notch colleges but UCB gave me admission! although it wasn't a first choice, it's awesome to get in somewhere GOOD!
  • sunfishsunfish Posts: 443Registered User Member
    It seems Cal has started to loosen admissions for kids from "wealthy" suburbs in an attempt to increase the number of full-pay students.
  • ringopuppersringopuppers Posts: 281Registered User Junior Member
    I'm OOS, admitted, from Florida, majoring in Poli Sci...
    2140 SAT (800 CR, 610 M, 730 W)
    710 Literature, 690 US History
    3.7 UW, ~4.2 W GPA
    9 AP classes
    Just an okay class rank, not fantastic, and my extracurriculars aren't stellar but they're not bad either.. A handful of things I was only somewhat committed to, but two things I stuck with and really enjoyed.
  • ao1313ao1313 Posts: 241Registered User Junior Member
    Im OOS from Texas. Im pretty sure I applied for Haas Business but I ended up getting into College of Letters and Science
    ACT 31
    SAT 1980 (yeah its not that great but I got in haha)
    GPA 4.0 at the time I applied
    7 APs
    My Extras were really good. Cheerleading and etc.
    My Essay was pretty good

    I didnt think I was gonna get in but I got into both Berkeley and UCLA. Dont let your scores keep you from applying
  • xdeleriousxdelerious Posts: 20Registered User New Member
    SAT 2280
    800 Chinese, 770 Math II, 760 Bio
    4.26 GPA at time of application...
    Extracurriculars were decent with some leadership positions
    Essays were good (edited by Elite Institute too)
  • amarkovamarkov Posts: 2,288Registered User Senior Member
    Im pretty sure I applied for Haas Business but I ended up getting into College of Letters and Science

    You apply to Haas during your sophomore year at Berkeley.
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