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Ok GPA and SAT, great ECs, chance for UCs?

fl1p1npr1d3fl1p1npr1d3 Posts: 372Registered User Member
edited November 2010 in What Are My Chances?
I've been working on my UC app and heres what I've gotten so far. I am in-state and a Filipino Immigrant.

What would my chances be for:
UCSD
UCI
UCD
UCB
UCLA
USC

UC GPA: 3.95
SAT: 1950
SAT II: Math II 620 (waiting on Nov. scores for Bio and Math 2, possibly retaking in Dec.)
A-G Courses: 44 (counted by semester and counted senior yr.)

Extracurriculars:
Community Service Hours: 400+

Non a-g Courses:
Christian Testament
Physical Education
Theology 1
Theology 2A
Theology 2B


Community Service: 400+ hrs.
Koryo Taekwondo [9-12th] 300+ hrs.- unpaid teaching
Pioneer House [11th] 16 hrs.-cared and supervised for the elderly
Todays Youth Matters Camp [12th] 144 hrs.-camp leader, cared and supervised for kids

Awards & Honors:
Bay Area Taekwondo Open Gold Medal
International Taekwondo Festival Gold Medal
International California Taekwondo Open Gold
Kumon Place of Distinction- Top 20% in Kumon Math Program Nationally
Taekwondo AAU Championship Gold Medalist


Activities & Awards:
Taekwondo Training- 2nd degree Seoul Certified black belt teacher and practitioner, 12 yrs. experience, won numerous international, national, and local competitions (trained with Stanford, nationally ranked athletes, and frequently trains with UCD taekwondo team)
Martial Arts Club- President
Pacific Asian Club- President
National Honors Society Club- Member
Personal Fitness-Personal Training

Special Circumstances:
Grandpa suffering from spinal cord injury, Grandma suffering from Alzheimers (bed ridden, catheter)
Mom's company closing, she also has had a heart disease (cannot do strenuous work, collapsed during work and paramedics had to revive her)
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Replies to: Ok GPA and SAT, great ECs, chance for UCs?

  • fl1p1npr1d3fl1p1npr1d3 Posts: 372Registered User Member
    anyone? 10 chars
  • ShrinkrapShrinkrap Posts: 11,777Registered User Senior Member
  • fl1p1npr1d3fl1p1npr1d3 Posts: 372Registered User Member
    i know the stats,, just wanna know how much ppl think my ECs will affect my admission
  • donkekwongdonkekwong Posts: 4Registered User New Member
    Wow. You have a lot of ec's. I based the chance mostly on your grades because i'm not sure how much your ec's will affect it.

    UCD, UCI: Match
    UCSD: Low reach/Possible Match
    UCB&UCLA: reach
    USC: not sure
  • fl1p1npr1d3fl1p1npr1d3 Posts: 372Registered User Member
    im really hoping in my ecs to get me in ucsd since im lagging in GPA by .12
  • alamemomalamemom Posts: 6,384Registered User Senior Member
    Hi,
    Just wanted to mention that USC is not a "UC." It is a private university not affiliated with the UC system or the state of California. USC will use your UNweighted GPA in admissions, not the "UC GPA."
  • TheRealBoatTheRealBoat Posts: 100Registered User Junior Member
    UCSD-High match/low reach
    UCI-match
    UCD-match
    UCB-reach
    UCLA-reach
    USC-High match

    I think that USC would be a high match since its a private college, so they look more at your EC's than the UC's do.
  • alamemomalamemom Posts: 6,384Registered User Senior Member
    ^ USC's middle 50% SAT scores for accepted students is 2020 - 2230, and the average UNweighted GPA is 3.8. The op has only stated his/her "UC GPA," which is a weighted figure. It is likely the op is in the bottom 25% in both scores and GPA, making USC a reach.

    USC is known for placing a high priority on test scores.

    http://www.usc.edu/admission/undergraduate/private/1011/FreshmanProfile2010.pdf
  • fl1p1npr1d3fl1p1npr1d3 Posts: 372Registered User Member
    yes, i know usc is not a uc, i just said UC in the title because im mostly applying to UCs
    do you guys think my special circumstance and ECs would make up for my GPA? also if i improve my sat II to 700 and 650?
  • alamemomalamemom Posts: 6,384Registered User Senior Member
    I am not sure having elderly, ill grandparents is really a "special" circumstance. Grandparents tend towards the elderly and ill in many, if not most, cases.

    Your mother's financial troubles might be a financial aid special circumstance, but it would not be an admissions special circumstance.

    Your mother's illness in itself is not a special circumstance, but if you have had to take on a job to help support the family or care for younger siblings because of her illness, that might be something to mention.

    *And about the UC - USC issue - this is the third thread where you have lumped USC in with the UCs (you even called it "UC Southern California" at one point) and in which you have not provided your UNweighted GPA. USC will not calculate or consider your "UC GPA" because USC is not a UC, so people cannot provide "chances" for you at USC.
  • fl1p1npr1d3fl1p1npr1d3 Posts: 372Registered User Member
    so..what makes something a "special circumstance"? does it need to have a negative effect on me? because i wrote about my mom's heart condition, our family's stress of losing income, and my grandparents who are near death. i wrote that all this drove me to push myself harder and support my family and relatives with the income of my future career.

    do i really need to get a job or make money for it to be considered special? because these things really impact what kind of person i am today.

    edit: just realized i didnt put my UNweighted GPA. sorry, its 3.78.
  • R3d3mpti0nR3d3mpti0n Posts: 693Registered User Member
    It all depends on how you portray it and the magnitude of your circumstances' effects on your life. People tend to underestimate their effects when you write:
    Grandpa suffering from spinal cord injury, Grandma suffering from Alzheimers (bed ridden, catheter)
    Mom's company closing, she also has had a heart disease (cannot do strenuous work, collapsed during work and paramedics had to revive her)

    because it sounds like something from a medical report, not to say that it's a trivial matter in any way. On the additional info of the personal statement part (550 words or less), you can write about these types of situations. What is your class rank? I'm pretty sure UCs are very picky about it. Judging from your UWGPA, you're below Berk's and LA's average UWGPA, so I'd say those two are reaches and the rest look okay.
  • fl1p1npr1d3fl1p1npr1d3 Posts: 372Registered User Member
    yes, i guess your right, i did kinda write it like a medical report. thanks for the feedback! time to edit that last prompt..
  • chocolatecricketchocolatecricket Posts: 266- Junior Member
    UCSD-match
    UCI-low match
    UCD-low match
    UCB-reach
    UCLA-reach
    USC-match
  • ticoricoticorico Posts: 212Registered User Junior Member
    you should be decent at all make sure you have a for sure safety schools chance me back http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/what-my-chances/1033113-chance-me-ill-chance-you-back.html
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