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Class Ranking

CA3545CA3545 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
edited January 2006 in College Admissions
Does class ranking mean anything? How much does it matter by?
Is top 20% good enough for a UC?
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Replies to: Class Ranking

  • drusbadrusba Registered User Posts: 9,149 Senior Member
    Depends on college and ranges from little to no importance to the key factor for admission. For the UC's, its importance is twofold for in-state residents. If you are in top 4%, you are entitled to admission to a UC (not necessarily one of your choice) regardless of SAT scores. Also, the overall policy of the UC's is to admit as many of the top 12% as they can. Top 20% means your chances are low.
  • stonecold23stonecold23 Registered User Posts: 1,595 Senior Member
    i do know that in any college book, i believe EVERY UC has at least 95% in the top 10 percent of the class...... i question this, as i cant believe that uc-irvine has more top 10% ppl in the class, than yale university
  • iCantThinkOfaName2iCantThinkOfaName2 Registered User Posts: 100 Junior Member
    They do have more because they will take any old top 10% kid from any old school with whatever ECs and SATs that person happens to have. The Ivies are so great because their student population is going to much more widely accomplished, brilliant, and diverse than any UC, even Berkeley. At Yale or Harvard or Brown or Princeton the student are much more accomplished than just their numbers.
  • CA3545CA3545 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    So am i basically screwed with a ranking of 20%? Even for ucr?
  • mayyamayya Registered User Posts: 117 Junior Member
    Stupid question. What is UC and EC?
  • IzzyJIzzyJ Registered User Posts: 3,271 Senior Member
    UC = University of California (e.g. UCLA = Uni of California, Los Angeles; UCSD = Uni of California, San Diego)
    EC's = Extra-curriculars
  • bluebayoubluebayou Registered User Posts: 24,414 Senior Member
    with the exception of elc, class rank is NOT used as an admission criteria to the UCs. (Even if they wanted to use it, they can't since less than half of Calif public high schools rank students.)

    Note, that the UC are designed to accept the top 12% of students STATEWIDE, not necessarily per high school. Thus, strength of schedule, test scores, essays, ECs, and other factors (low income, first gen to college, poor performing HS), are used during comprehensive review.
  • CA3545CA3545 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    hey bluebayou, are you absolutley sure about that? It does make sense though. But everyone discusses class rank as in a school here.
  • bluebayoubluebayou Registered User Posts: 24,414 Senior Member
    I've read it in the LA Times (for what that is worth). I do know that the schools in our district and neighboring districts do not rank.

    Regardless, if you check on a campus's website for common data set, you'll see where each one shows that Class Rank is not used in admissions decisions.
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