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Rigorous Schedule?

ish2003ish2003 4 replies4 threadsRegistered User New Member
Hi, I am currently a junior taking:

AP Bio
AP Stats
English 11

Senior year, I plan to take:

AP Calc AB
AP Psych
AP World History
English 12

I think I can get a 3.8 junior year if i work hard and have a 1520 SAT Score.

Will this be good enough for schools such as UCI, Cal Poly SLO, UW, UCSD

i want to major in business/econ
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41882 replies451 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Have you reached level 3 or 4 in Foreign language?

    Have you talked budget with your parents, run a few NPCs?
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  • RichInPittRichInPitt 909 replies12 threadsRegistered User Member
    Have you taken Chemistry and Physics?
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 7266 replies56 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    You need to talk to your GC to see what they consider rigorous for your school.

    At my D's HS, some of these easier APs (APES, psych, stats) wouldn't make the cut especially since they are at the expense of AP english, AP core sciences, etc....

    I'm not seeing foreign language, chem, or physics?
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  • Erin's DadErin's Dad 33094 replies3779 threadsSuper Moderator Super Moderator
    Agree that you need to see what the GC will say about rigor. And really good questions about a foreign language and sciences.
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  • GumbymomGumbymom 27844 replies155 threadsForum Champion UC Forum Champion
    edited September 18
    Why don’t you list all the classes you have taken for 9-10th so posters can have a clearer picture of what advice to give you regarding your schedule. Are you a CA resident? How many AP classes are offered at your HS?
    What kind of grades have you gotten so far?
    UW and SLO will consider 9-11th grades for admission purposes and GPA calculation. UC’s will consider 9-11th grades for admission eligibility but only 10-11th for GPA calculations. HS course rigor is important but so are good grades. The UC’s are especially GPA focused so high test scores do not always makeup for low HS course rigor or grades.
    edited September 18
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 34123 replies377 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    APES, stats, and psych are considered lighter.
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  • ish2003ish2003 4 replies4 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Hi, I've taken:

    9th Grade:
    Spanish 3
    Honors Biology
    Honors English

    10th Grade:
    Honors Chem
    Alg 2/Trig
    World History
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  • ish2003ish2003 4 replies4 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I got a 3.83 both semesters in 9th grade and 4.0 both semesters in 10th grade

    There are a lot of APs at my school, but we can't take till junior year.
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41882 replies451 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    1520: is that a score you have or are hoping for?

    Your 10th grade schedule is light - you really should have taken Spanish.

    You might want to take physics instead of AP Psych and replace regular gov/econ with the Honors or Ap version but I don't think it'll be key. You have excellent grades in what looks like a rigorous schedule for your school.
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  • Nicki20Nicki20 409 replies5 threadsRegistered User Member
    One year of foreign language is most likely going to eliminate all those schools on your list. Agree with the others on APES AP Psych and AP Stats. Art? The only AP class that is helpful IMO is AB.
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  • massmom2018massmom2018 60 replies10 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    At my kid's high school rigorous is highest level in math, science, history, foreign language and english. So for example my junior daughter takes honors chem ap english ap history honors spanish and honors pre calculus. That is the highest level allowed for a junior at our high school and I think the schools judge you against what is offered at your high school.
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  • Techno13Techno13 175 replies7 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    What is your weight-capped UC GPA? This number could matter...alot. I do not know if the Spanish will hurt you since you did get through level 3 (even though only 1 year of that was in HS.) Your SAT is great, better than your grades. Sometimes schools wonder about that. Good luck!
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  • GumbymomGumbymom 27844 replies155 threadsForum Champion UC Forum Champion
    UC’s will look at the level you have achieved for Spanish which is Level 3, so you are fine with your FL.

    Here is the UC GPA calculator. The UC’s will look at all 3 UC GPA’s. The capped weighted is the most common GPA quoted for the UC stats and you can calculate until the end of your Junior year since they it only uses 10-11th grades for the a-g courses. Also on UC approved, AP/IB or DE courses will be given the extra weighting.
    To look up your HS’s approved Honors classes, you can use this link:


    For 10th grade, your only weighted class was Honors Chem. For 11th grade, it may be too late but I would drop AP Stats or APES and try to fit in a Physics course instead.

    Some UC admit and statistical data below. Just remember that GPA is very important to the UC’s along with HS course rigor, test scores and essays. Also intended major will impact your chances.

    2018 Freshman admit rates for UC GPA of 3.80-4.19 capped weighted and not major specific:
    UCB: 10%
    UCLA: 9%
    UCSD: 34%
    UCSB: 38%
    UCD: 41%
    UCI: 38%
    UCSC: 70%
    UCR: 84%
    UCM: 95%

    2018 Freshman admit rates for UC GPA of 4.20 or above capped weighted and not major specific:
    UCB: 37%
    UCLA: 41%
    UCSD: 70%
    UCSB: 80%
    UCD: 89%
    UCI: 75%
    UCSC: 92%
    UCR: 96%
    UCM: 98%

    2019 UC capped weighted GPA averages:
    UCB: 4.23
    UCLA: 4.25
    UCSD: 4.23
    UCSB: 4.16
    UCI: 4.13
    UCD: 4.13
    UCSC: 3.96
    UCR: 3.90
    UCM: 3.73

    2019 Data:
    25th - 75th percentiles for SAT totals:
    UCB: 1340-1540
    UCLA: 1330-1550
    UCSD: 1300-1520
    UCSB: 1280-1520
    UCD: 1230-1490
    UCI: 1250-1510
    UCSC: 1200-1450
    UCR: 1130-1400
    UCM: 1020-1290

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