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What are my chances of getting into UCLA, UCB, UCSD, UCSB, or UCI with these stats/background?

ccgsisig2ccgsisig2 0 replies1 threads New Member
-currently a junior (going to college Fall 2021

-3.9 UC Capped GPA (I don't have a great GPA because I had support my younger sister and my sick mother all throughout high school)

-1440 SAT

-all honors/AP classes, 4s/5s on AP Tests, 3 on AP Human Geography (I'm going to be taking 6 AP's senior year)

-2 Varsity sports

-Varsity Marching Band and Varsity Debate (have leadership positions in both)

-fairly well volunteer experiences

- Non California resident and first generation Guyanese-American
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Replies to: What are my chances of getting into UCLA, UCB, UCSD, UCSB, or UCI with these stats/background?

  • bluebayoubluebayou 27914 replies196 threads Senior Member
    The UC's are extremely expensive for OOS students. Suggest you look elsewhere unless your family is wealthy.
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  • GumbymomGumbymom Forum Champion UC 30343 replies393 threads Forum Champion
    UC’s offer little to no financial aid to OOS students so expect to pay $65K/year to attend. That said, your SAT score is competitive but GPA is below the 25th percentile. Helping your family is great and can be addressed in one your essays, but if you are needed to help with expenses now, what happens when you leave for college. How do you plan to afford these schools?

    The UC’s are need-blind so the UC’s do not care about your ability to pay so if they are unaffordable, not worth applying and wasting the $70/campus application fee.

    What is your home state? Find some affordable options in-state first.

    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%

    2019 UC capped weighted GPA averages along with 25th-75th percentile range:
    UCB: 4.23 (4.15-4.30)
    UCLA: 4.25 (4.18-4.32)
    UCSD: 4.16 (4.03-4.28)
    UCSB: 4.16 (4.04-4.28)
    UCI: 4.13 (4.00-4.25)
    UCD: 4.13 (4.00-4.26)
    UCSC: 3.96 (3.76-4.16)
    UCR: 3.90 (3.69-4.11)
    UCM: 3.73 (3.45-4.00)

    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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  • NCalRentNCalRent 6383 replies14 threads Senior Member
    with a sub 4 GPA, all the UCs you list are a reach. UCR and UCM and perhaps UCSC are your best shot at a UC.

    As others note, UCs are really expensive for OOS students. If you want to study in CA - I'd strongly suggest you look at privates like LMU, USD and Chapman, all of whom are known for giving aid for stats like yours.

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