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Do I have a chance to get into Cal Poly SLO for Bio?

NatradNatrad Registered User Posts: 56 Junior Member
I'm applying to most UCs and Cal Poly SLO for Biology - I know it's one of the impacted majors... Do you think I have a chance to get in Cal Poly?

I'm a female high school senior with a final goal to get into a Medical school.

UC GPA 3.95, UW GPA:3.7
ACT 34

Many hours of EC including working/volunteering at 2 hospitals, Physician shadowing, tutoring math and Science, attending UCI summer Pre-Med program, conducting medical research, and a short publication in American Medicine Board.

Thank you!

Replies to: Do I have a chance to get into Cal Poly SLO for Bio?

  • NatradNatrad Registered User Posts: 56 Junior Member
    Just to ad some info: ACT composite 34 (E35, M34, R34, Sci 34, Writing 36)

    Is the fact that I took Stats and AP Stats is going to kill my opportunity to get in?
  • GumbymomGumbymom Forum Champion UC Posts: 25,067 Forum Champion
    Biology has around a 14% acceptance rate. Your GPA is below the average for the School (4.06) but ACT is above the average (30). SLO uses 9th grades in their CSU GPA calculation, so this may help your GPA. SLO also uses an MCA score to rank applicants by major. Here is the calculation:

    The maximum GPA they will use is 4.2, even though you can have a higher calculated CP GPA. A 4.2 is worth 2250 MCA points. Thus, multiply your CP GPA by 535.7 and you'll get your MCA points for GPA.

    The next biggest thing is test scores. The odd thing, likely because they wanted it to total a nice round number, is that the max score is 1650, even though the max SAT score is 1600. Multiply the total of your best SAT CR and your best SAT math by 1.03125 to get your MCA test points. If you took the ACT, they convert and vice versa.

    The third largest section is the class rigor score, worth 750 points. In this section you get zero points for meeting the minimum admission requirements and adders for more than the minimum. The bonuses in order of power are (min semesters/max total semesters/bonus per extra semester/total possible bonus): math 6/10/125/500 (note: stats and finite do not count), lab science 4/8/50/200, English 8/10/50/100, foreign language 4/8/25/100, visual performance 2/4/25/50, no bonus points for social sciences or electives. As with GPA, you can actually score higher than the maximum, but 750 is the most they will count.

    Finally, work and ECs, worth 350 points. Work (hours per week/bonus): 0/0, 1-5/20, 6-10/40, 11-15/60, 16-20/80, 21+/100, add 50 points if work is major related. ECs (hours per week/bonus): 0/0, 1-5/30, 6-10/60, 11-15/90, 16-20/120, 21+/150, add 60 points for leadership role.

    There you go. Good luck.


    GPA = 2250
    Test = 1650
    Class rigor = 750
    EC / Work Hrs = 350
    Subtotal for accademic points = 5000

    Parents education = 600
    Veteran's benefit = 700
    Zip code= 500
    High school = 700
    Parent employed by CPSLO = 700
    Subtotal for Demographic points = 3200

    Max attainable points = 8200

    Scores are capped at 5,00

    4500 is a competitive score.



  • eyemgheyemgh Registered User Posts: 5,015 Senior Member
    I don't know if it was in my original or if it got fouled up in the cut and paste, but at the bottom there's a typo. It should say "Scores are capped at 5000".

    @Natrad, in addition to @Gumbymom's pointed about GPA, Poly only uses the math and English sections of the ACT. You convert each to SAT, add them together and then do the math described above to get to 1650.

    Good luck.
  • NatradNatrad Registered User Posts: 56 Junior Member
    Thank you so much for your replies and for the great info! I just tried to calculate my MCA score.

    GPA = 2116 (3.95x535.7)
    Test = 1608 converted ACT R34 and M34 into SAT(780 for both)X1.03125
    Class rigor = 500
    EC / Work Hrs = 350
    Subtotal for accademic points = 4524

    Parents education = 600 I assume that is if both parents have no college education, right?
    Veteran's benefit = 0
    Zip code= 0 - I don't know what it means????
    High school = 700
    Parent employed by CPSLO = 0
    Subtotal for Demographic points = 1300

    My attainable points = 5824

  • GumbymomGumbymom Forum Champion UC Posts: 25,067 Forum Champion
    @eyemgh: I copied the "Scores are capped at 5000" from the original post last year. If there is no cap, I will be sure to remove that part in my copy. @Gumbymom
  • eetrojaneetrojan Registered User Posts: 62 Junior Member
    Hi Gumbymom, I think that he's agreeing that there IS a cap, but that it should read "5000" rather than "5,00".
  • GoldenWestGoldenWest Registered User Posts: 503 Member
    Zip code refers to whether you live in one of the areas near SLO that would get priority to attend Cal Poly. All the CSUs have a priority system for students whose home is in their "local admission area." http://www.calstate.edu/sas/onestopkiosk/documents/CSULocalAdmission-ServiceAreas.pdf
  • MLMMLM Registered User Posts: 744 Member
    @Natrad - 300 points are given for each parent who haven't finished high school (not college) with a total of 600 maximum.
  • eyemgheyemgh Registered User Posts: 5,015 Senior Member
    @eetrojan and @Gumbymom, yep, it caps at 5000 rather than 5,00.
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