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Chance me and give me suggestions for safety, match, and reach schools

risingsenior6risingsenior6 1 replies1 threads New Member
Thinking of applying to: UCSB, UCSD, UCI, UCD, UCSC, UCR, SDSU, Humboldt State University, SLO, CSU Montery Bay, CSU LA, CSU Long Beach. Suggest some safeties cus i dont think i have many

Im a rising senior btw

Sat: 1460, taking math 2 and ush in oct

UC GPA: 3.65 UW, 4.1 W


Working at old navy rn, hoping to continue into school year

Worked at ice cream shop summer of sophomore year for 3 months,

volunteered with city for a total of 40 hours

3 years on spring band (hopefully four with senior year)

volunteering at American Red Cross (going to continue into senior year, total of 50 hours currently)

JV (dont judge me we have rly fast ppl on our team lol) Cross Country 10th-12th + placed 6th of 150 during final meet

Scholar athlete for track and xc

doing freshman orientation this month

stanford splash (its like classes at stanford for 2 days) for 5 years

7 years of guitar lessons

6 months violin (gonna continue cus i rly like it)


APEuro: 4

Apush: 5

APPsych: 5

Apbio: 3 (

Instate, applying for something like sociology or international relations, female, Armenian first gen immigrant (im counted as "southwest asian" but im very white looking), parents are well educated and middle class (middle class in california is like upper upper middle class anywhere else so u can guess how much my family makes)
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  • GumbymomGumbymom Forum Champion UC 30971 replies472 threads Forum Champion
    UC GPA’s all 3? https://rogerhub.com/gpa-calculator-uc/

    Cal states are test blind this admission cycle.

    Based on what you have posted, Cal state LA, Monterey and Humboldt are safeties.

    SDSU, CSU Long Beach. UCR, UCSC and SLO look like target schools. The rest of the UC’s are within Reach.

    I think you are competitive for all your schools and I would remove one of your safeties and replace with a Reach school either UCLA and UCB.

    You have a balanced college list so best of luck.
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  • risingsenior6risingsenior6 1 replies1 threads New Member
    Thank you sm for the reply. Your advice seems very solid and Ill take everything u said into consideration. By all 3 do u mean including the capped? The capped is 4.12, same as weighted.
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  • GumbymomGumbymom Forum Champion UC 30971 replies472 threads Forum Champion
    Yes, the capped weighted is the most common GPA listed on the Freshman profiles for the UC’s and Cal States. Cal Poly SLO is the exception which uses 9-11th grades with a 8 semester cap for honors points. You can calculate your SLO GPA by just adding in your 9th a-g course grades into the Rogerhub Calculator.

    Some admit data from 2019 and 2020:
    2019 Freshman admit rates for UC GPA of 3.80-4.19 capped weighted and not major specific:
    UCB: 12%
    UCLA: 7%
    UCSD: 33%
    UCSB: 32%
    UCD: 47%
    UCI: 35%
    UCSC: 72%
    UCR: 87%
    UCM: 96%

    2020 UC capped weighted GPA averages along with 25th-75th percentile range:
    UCB: 4.22 (4.13-4.30)
    UCLA: 4.25 (4.18-4.31)
    UCSD: 4.18(4.04-4.28)
    UCSB: 4.17 (4.03-4.27)
    UCI: 4.11 (3.96-4.26)
    UCD: 4.11 (3.97-4.25)
    UCSC: 3.94 (3.71-4.16)
    UCR: 3.88 (3.65-4.11)
    UCM: 3.68 (3.40-3.96)

    2020 Data:
    25th - 75th percentiles for SAT totals:

    UCB: 1320-1560
    UCLA: 1350-1550
    UCSD: 1310-1520
    UCSB: 1290-1510
    UCD: 1230-1490
    UCI: 1280-1510
    UCSC: 1170-1440
    UCR: 1110-1380
    UCM: 980-1260

    Best of luck.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 84544 replies748 threads Senior Member
    edited August 5
    HSU is not campus impacted, and your majors are not impacted majors there. So you should be admitted if you meet CSU minimum admission requirements.

    CSULA and CSUMB are impacted, so their admission thresholds may be higher than the CSU minimum. However, they are usually not considered highly impacted (highly competitive) like CPSLO or computer science at SJSU.

    See https://www2.calstate.edu/attend/degrees-certificates-credentials/Pages/impacted-degrees.aspx for more about which CSU campuses and majors are impacted.

    CSU minimum admission requirements for fall 2021 are described at https://www2.calstate.edu/apply/freshman/Pages/first-time-freshman-guidance.aspx .
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  • sbdad12sbdad12 299 replies13 threads Member
    edited August 5
    Your stats are similar to my daughter's. (3.7/4.2, 33 ACT) She was admitted to CalPoly SLO, UCSB, UCSD, SDSU Weber Honors College, among other schools, but is attending ASU Barrett Honors College. I would recommend applying to ASU, and then Barrett. They tend to give aid that makes it comparable to in state tuition.
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  • theloniusmonktheloniusmonk 3098 replies5 threads Senior Member
    You have a pretty good list of safeties already has others have noted. If affordable, you can also consider some private matches or reaches in addition to gumbymom's suggestion of UCLA and UCB.
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