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what are my chances of getting into Long Beach?

footballfeldeyfootballfeldey Registered User Posts: 219 Junior Member
Junior from Arizona (Phoenix area)

Current unweighted GPA: 3.3
Current weighted GPA: 3.8
By the time I graduate, I will have taken 7 AP courses and 6 honors courses.
My school doesn't rank. Or maybe they just don't tell us until senior year.
First Generation College Student
Multiracial (Hispanic/White)

Test Scores:
Just took my SAT's and ACT's, but on the practice SAT I got about 1880. I took a prep course so I'm hoping for 2000. I got a 29 on the practice ACT, I'm hoping for a 30.

Religious Extracurriculars:
Junior year-President of Temple Chai Temple Youth (TCTY, a Jewish youth group)
Sophomore Year-Programming Vice President of TCTY
Senior year-I'm running for Regional President of the Southwest Region of the National Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY-SW, a large affiliation made up of Jewish youth groups like TCTY from Arizona, Las Vegas, New Mexico, and Texas)
All years-Hebrew High School Student (attend two hours of class every week on topics such as Israel, the Holocaust, etc. Students who complete Hebrew High School receive a special diploma upon graduation)
Six years of Jewish summer camp, including two summers of LTP (Leadership Training Program)
Sophomore year-Youth Endowment Board (the board is given a sum of money and is in charge of determing which charities to distribute the money to)

Athletic Extracurriculars:
Four years of school softball (1 year Freshman, 2 years JV, 1 year Varsity)
Three years of club softball
One year of school basketball

Musical Extracurriculars:
Piano lessons for 10 years
Taught myself guitar (I am also a songleader in NFTY-SW)

Work Experience:
Temple Chai (Tutor, Administrative Assistant) September 2006-May 2007, July 2009-October 2009 (seasonal position)
Safeway (Grocery Store, Courtesy Clerk) June 2007-August 2008
Starbucks (Barista) June 2009-October 2009 (going back to work after this semester and planning to work all senior year)
Camp Charles Pearlstein (Camp Counselor) June 2010-August 2010

School Clubs/Societies:
National Honors Society-Junior/Senior
Society of Women's Scholars-Junior/Senior
Spanish Honorary Club-Sophomore/Junior/Senior
(may run for an officer of one or two of these clubs for senior year)
65 Roses Club (Cystic Fibrosis)-All years
Founder of Camp Swift Club (explained below)

Community Service:
Camp Swift (about 1500 hours)-Camp Swift is a summer camp for underprivileged inner-city children from the Phoenix area. The camp is planned and run by Jewish teenagers who volunteer their time not only during the summer, but throughout the year to plan camp and raise money. (These hours include 12 sessions of camp plus planning and fundraising throughout all four years)
I have participated in other community service projects including playing the piano for retirement home residents, assembling toiletry baskets for Hurricane Katrina victims, volunteering at food banks and homeless shelters, and American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. These other activities add up to roughly 200 hours total.

Other Important (or maybe not important?) Factors:
-I will be paying for my own college/graduate school
-My cousin is my legal guardian. My mother died when I was seven and I don't know who my father is. I'm hoping I can use my experiences to write some compelling essays. Also, if you know of any scholarships for adopted, single-parent children, etc., that would be great!

I'd like to go to medical school eventually, but I don't know if I necessarily want to major in science.

I know this was really long. Thanks so much for your input!
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Replies to: what are my chances of getting into Long Beach?

  • jenksstudentjenksstudent Registered User Posts: 116 Junior Member
    Like above... You just put your gpa and sat

    why long beach?
  • footballfeldeyfootballfeldey Registered User Posts: 219 Junior Member
    whoops my bad, i didn't know that was all long beach looked at
    i just got my SAT score i got 1870 (610 on reading and math, 650 on writing)
    there's no essay?
  • footballfeldeyfootballfeldey Registered User Posts: 219 Junior Member
    jenksstudent-i like long beach because i am from the los angeles area originally and absolutely love SoCal. long beach is a lot more affordable than many california schools as well.
  • jenksstudentjenksstudent Registered User Posts: 116 Junior Member
    Oh ok I just think you can do better. Nice sat score
    and there's no essay either...
  • xelinkxelink Registered User Posts: 1,125 Senior Member
    at this point, I'd just focus on upping your SAT/ACT scores, take both a few times. CSULB is VERY competitive to get into now, and the only things which matter are GPA and SAT scores apparently.
  • ChandlerBing92ChandlerBing92 Registered User Posts: 156 Junior Member
    All CSU's care about is your GPA, your schedule, and SAT/ACT scores. You're in really good shape for LB, I'd say it's a target, maybe safety just because that CSU has become really competitive lately.
  • ShrinkrapShrinkrap Registered User Posts: 11,788 Senior Member
    Most Cal states are impacted(campus major, or both), so keep in mind they have to take eligible kids from the catchment first, then apply a higher standard to kids from outside.
  • footballfeldeyfootballfeldey Registered User Posts: 219 Junior Member
    update: 28 ACT, 1870 SAT (610 CR, 610 Math, 650 Writing)
  • naixn92naixn92 Registered User Posts: 522 Member
    i think you'll get in. its just a guess though. good luck with your future endeavors!
  • jenksstudentjenksstudent Registered User Posts: 116 Junior Member
    Why csulb?
  • iamtheironmaniamtheironman Registered User Posts: 56 Junior Member
    A friend of mine got rejected today... he had a unweighted gpa of 3.8, he's taking the ib diploma, and was predicted 39 points (which is an amazing score).... he's out of state. I guess gpa and grades arn't everything :S??
  • naixn92naixn92 Registered User Posts: 522 Member
    CSULB is really weird at accepting/rejecting people. you can have a 4.0 and 2000 on the SAT and still get rejected. they are weird over there.
  • ShrinkrapShrinkrap Registered User Posts: 11,788 Senior Member
    CSUMentor - Plan for College - High School Students - Freshman Admission Requirements Overview

    "Freshman Admission Requirements for California Residents

    It is easy to understand the California State University admission requirements for California residents. Admission offices at the 23 campuses use three factors to determine eligibility.

    Most applicants who are admitted meet the standards in each of the following areas:

    * Specific high school courses
    * Grades in specified courses and test scores
    * Graduation from high school

    Some CSU campuses have higher standards for particular majors or for students who live outside the local campus area. Because of the number of students who apply, a few campuses have higher standards (supplementary admission criteria) for all applicants. Many CSU campuses utilize local admission guarantee policies for students who graduate or transfer from high schools and community colleges that are historically served by a CSU campus in that region.

    Freshman Admission Requirements for Students who are Not Residents of California

    The three factors used to determine the admissibility of nonresident students are the same as those for California residents.

    The primary difference is that the eligibility index (a combination of grades and test scores) is somewhat higher. Nonresident students need to complete the same pattern of courses, but need a higher GPA and test score combination. See the Eligibility Index for Nonresidents for more details.

    Please note that California residents receive priority whenever admission space is limited."


    "If you are interested in an impacted major, you must apply during the initial filing period. You will be subject to supplementary admission criteria and may not be accepted into the program. In order to maximize your opportunities, you may wish to consider as a second choice a campus that will continue accepting applications beyond the initial filing period. When CSU-eligible applicants are not accommodated for admission to one impacted CSU campus, they may be re-routed one time to an “open” campus without having to pay another application fee.

    Which campuses have impacted majors?
    Many campuses have some impacted majors that require additional admission criteria.

    All majors at San Luis Obispo (SLO) and most majors at San Diego (SD) as well as Long Beach (LB) are impacted."

    "California State University, Long Beach is impacted for first-time freshmen and upper-division transfers and closed to lower-division transfers."
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