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Screwed for Computer Engineering?

throdistingthrodisting Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
I'm in a bit of a pickle because at the end of my sophomore year, I signed up to take AP Comp Sci AB for 11th grade (a new program at my school offered to <10 kids). My counselor had me sign an AP contract contract which essentially says that people who drop out of a preregistered AP course, but are not failing it/haven't taken it, automatically get a WF if they drop. My school does this to discourage wasting money on unused registrations for these special AP courses offered to limited students.

My sophomore year, I decided to sign up for AP CS AB since I've been coding for so long. First semester was APCS A, in which I got an A. Second semester however, my counselor informed me that APCS B was now obsolete since CollegeBoard and UC a-g only credited APCS A. I decided to drop part B and took the WF in hopes of explaining it on my application.

In place of that, I elected to take an online AP Physics C, which lasted from second semester into the summer. Got an A in that. I talked with the UC admissions office and they explained that I'd have to explain my WF situation in the Additional Comments and that each UC would consider the WF differently. Anyone have any experience in this or know how it would affect my chances? Thanks


Fully Weighted GPA: 4.29 (4.12 if WF is counted as an F)
UC/CSU GPA: 3.96 (3.8 if WF is counted as an F)
Rank: Top 5% out of 750+ kids
2300 SAT
35 ACT

Sophomore - Sem1/Sem2
Eng = A/A
Honors Chem = B/B-
Honors Precal = A-/B
APWH = A-/A-
Spanish 2 = A/A

Junior - Sem1/Sem2
AP Computer Science = A/WF
AP Chem = C/B
Spanish 3 = A/A
AP Calc BC = C/B
Journalism = A/A
Honors English = A-/A
AP Physics C = /A

Community College Summer -
US History = A
English Composition = A

Senior Course Load: AP Physics, AP Gov, AP Stats, Photography, Journalism, AP Macroeconomics

ECs: - Debate (4 years that has led to regional and national level success), team captain
- 100+ Hours coaching middle school debate (and some HS kids) that led to local and national level success
- Interned at a software engineering startup over the summer
- I've been coding for 8+ years, made a couple of apps for people
- 50+ other hours volunteering for a community service organization
- News Editor for School Newspaper
- Tech/Business News Analyst for an online newspaper (which is based in the east coast)

Major = Computer Engineering

Replies to: Screwed for Computer Engineering?

  • eyemgheyemgh Registered User Posts: 5,014 Senior Member
    You'll be fine. Don't calculate it in your CP GPA. If you need to explain it, tell them the truth. You never took the second half. You have proof of that as you took Physics instead. Have other schools anyway. Good luck.

    On second thought, you might want to call admissions. They are very friendly and helpful.

    Either way, I think you have an honest explanation of a situation that looks different than it really is.
  • throdistingthrodisting Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
    @eyemgh Thanks, but where can I explain my situation in the CSU application? There's no box for additional comments or anything. If I call the admissions office and explain it to them, will they be able to add the additional comments on my submitted application?
    I've already sent in a change request form (since I had previously left the WF as NC) to change the NC to a WF, but there was no section for me to explain.
  • eyemgheyemgh Registered User Posts: 5,014 Senior Member
    Call admissions and explain your situation.
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