I was accepted at UCSD as a Regents scholar, and I was wondering, on average, how do Regents scholars typically do at UCSD? Supposedly it's the top something, but does this qualification tend to lead a bias of Regents scholars performing well, as they are the top of the applicant pool? It also seems like UCSD takes care of their Regents students better than the normal admits, but what is the truth behind this? I am also Regents at UCI, so it'd be nice to know any compelling reasons that UCSD has over UCI. Sorry for asking so many questions and making so many Regents threads, lol, but any experiences and information would be greatly appreciated.
Hm...there's probably info about this in the archives...but yes, obviously Regents Scholars do well here b/c they are the top of the applicant pool. I am a Regents Scholar and I think the most important perk is getting priority enrollment, because you never have to waitlist for a class. The scholarship money is nice too
I don't know about Regents Scholars at UCI, but if it is possible you should try to visit both schools to get a better feel for them.
I only got Regents for UCSB out of all the 7 UC's I applied to (didn't apply to Riverside and Merced). I was hoping for Regents from SD, Irvine, and Davis, but I didn't get any. :\ Competition has definitely increased a lot this year.
I'm a first year regents scholar here at UCSD, and I must admit that there are some definitely compelling reasons to come here for regents as opposed to a lot of other UC's from what I've gathered with some googling. First things first, the transfer of all of your financial need into straight direct cash aid definitely helped me a lot this year since my older brother is in college too. This basically gave me a bargaining chip to get my parents to let me go do a bunch of multiday camping excursions with Outback Adventures on campus. Nevertheless, if you're not bound to get that much aid....
The absolute most defining thing about the scholarship here is that incoming regent scholars have the opportunity to start research the quarter they get here. All you have to do is fill out this one sheet that comes in the mail asking about what you'd be interested in researching! I ended up starting research in an atmospheric chemistry lab which, after getting past the initial intimidating overload of data, is becoming much much cooler! Currently, I'm working to get one of the instruments running to get an analysis done on some super corroded component that was used to analyze aerosol particles. Some of my regent scholar friends are working in some other labs too.
Besides that, four years of guaranteed housing is always a big plus! It's always nice to have the option to be on campus rather than go off and make long commutes in the morning.
Those are things really make me glad that I chose to be a regent scholar at UCSD rather than go to UCLA with nothing.
As for the difficulty of the classes, you need to keep up like a 3.5 average or something to keep your scholarship. This sounds intimidating but it really isn't. You can get 2 A's and 2 B's and get a 3.5, and if you're a regent scholar, you probably have at least an idea of what good study habits are. I think the thing that would help most is not letting the whole "I'M AN AWESOME REGENT SCHOLAR I'M SUPER SMART" mentality get to your head (which shouldn't be hard). Do your homework, sacrifice partying for working when you have to, and you'll be fine. It's not that hard to keep your scholarship.
dude it's only a 3.0...if it was a 3.5, then 2 of my friends would no longer have that scholarship. anyways, for the most part, regents scholars do perform better than their non-Regents counterparts, but it really depends on the individual's study habits/intelligence.
Why is that ridiculous?
Roughly 14% graduate with GPAs of over 3.6 and Regents Scholars are cosidered to be the top 1% of the entering freshman class.
I say it's ridiculous that the threshold is only 3.0 because more than 50% have GPAs better than that. In other words, UCSD only expects its Regents Scholars to perform like an average student.
Yeah, sunfish, that's what I meant by it being ridiculous. I was surprised that it was 3.0 instead of 3.5 which I argued earlier was not really all that lofty. I'm definitely not going to be slacking either just because it's a 3.0 threshold!
AND CONGRATULATIONS!! Welcome to the family It's really about top 1% or less than that. I think there were about 80-100 or so regent scholars out of a class of 8000ish for the class of 2012? So that sounds about right.
And you're welcome for the help! If you have any other questions, feel free to ask.
oo got it. I just got an email about the Research Interest Form I mailed in and its like, a huge paragraph that's hard to read. xP It has some links and a listing at the bottom of resources... what am I supposed to do with those?