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COSMOS 2018

theangrybuddhatheangrybuddha Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
Hi, I'm looking to do COSMOS in 2018, application opens on 1/4/18. I've never done this sort of application, so should I gather my rec letter and transcript before school ends this Friday, or wait until after break? I heard somewhere that the earlier you apply, the better chances you have... Also, what are my chances of getting in with 3.8 GPA weighted?
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Replies to: COSMOS 2018

  • cheerleader15cheerleader15 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    3.8 unweighted is the average gpa
  • percussionist88percussionist88 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    Hi, does anyone who attended COSMOS in the previous years know what kind of essay questions they ask for UCI? Also, which clusters are the hardest/most competitive to get into? Thanks!!:]
  • bubbles6bubbles6 Registered User Posts: 21 Junior Member
    @theangrybuddha i attended cosmos last year and i don't think applying earlier will increase your chances of getting in. and yes, you can totally get in with a 3.8 gpa! the essays are mainly what determine acceptance as far as i know.
  • bubbles6bubbles6 Registered User Posts: 21 Junior Member
    @percussionist88 usually, the medical clusters are the most competitive to get into.
  • ltwixsterltwixster Registered User Posts: 68 Junior Member
    @bubbles6 have you gone in the past? I'm applying this year and I want to do the genes and biocontrol cluster at UCI. Any idea of what they're looking for in the essays? I'm concerned because even though I'm really passionate about biology I haven't had many opportunities to show that in my extracurriculars besides tutoring.
  • percussionist88percussionist88 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    Oh okay thanks @bubbles6! I’m thinking of doing the chemistry one with the antibiotics at UCI.
  • percussionist88percussionist88 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    Does anyone know if you should add points to your GPA for an honors course even if your school does not give extra points toward your GPA for honors classes?
  • bubbles6bubbles6 Registered User Posts: 21 Junior Member
    @itwixster yes, i was a part of cluster 4 (chemical biology) at UCI last year. that's fine, you don't need to have many ecs related to biology in order to get in - just write about your passion for it in your essay, what you want to learn, and why you love the subject. try to be original and make sure to write from the heart. i think what they are really looking for is proof that you are truly interested in the subject. i don't think i had any ecs related to chemistry or biology, but i was still able to get in.
  • lihj4598tvcielihj4598tvcie Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Hi! I'm applying to the Biomedical and Chemistry of Life Clusters at UCD. I was wondering what my chances are of getting in:

    Current 9th grader at extremely competitive Bay Area school
    Unweighted GPA: 4.0
    Classes: 2 Honors classes, double accelerated math
    EC: Science Olympiad for 4 years (numerous awards), Science Bowl for 2 years, HOSA-JUMP 4th place, National History Bowl 3rd place, Quiz Bowl for 1 year
    Rec Letters: My teachers like me.
  • vhsdadvhsdad Registered User Posts: 144 Junior Member
    @lihj4598tvcie
    If I recall, the vast majority of students at COSMOS last summer were either rising junior or seniors. As such, I'd say your chances are very slim regardless of your stats.
  • lihj4598tvcielihj4598tvcie Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    @vhsdad do you think I can do anything else to enhance my app? I know I'm a freshman, but would writing about more clubs I'm in, debate awards, or anything help? I also have experience in epidemiology from science olympiad, what cluster 7 is about.
  • vhsdadvhsdad Registered User Posts: 144 Junior Member
    @lihj4598tvcie I just looked up some stats, and in 2015, 10 percent or so of the kids were rising sophomores. To be honest, I'm not sure what they're looking for beyond what they state on the COSMOS site.
  • aim9823aim9823 Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    Hey guys, I'm a freshman wanting to apply for COSMOS. My GPA is 4.0 UW, previously I participated in a science competition twice. Does anyone have some advice for writing my personal statements? I have some ideas in mind but just have no idea how to start it. How did you guys write yours? Thanks!
  • acastroacastro Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    @aim9823 I attended COSMOS at UCSD this past summer and my biggest piece of advice would be to show what makes you different from other applicants and why the things you do are important. Also, don't be discouraged by your grade level because last summer, we had tons of underclassmen and even a few incoming freshmen! Wishing you all luck!
  • tothecosmostothecosmos Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    edited January 12
    Hi everyone! I went to COSMOS at UC Davis as a freshman (if you couldn't tell from my username). I'd be happy to answer questions that come my way.

    @aim9823 First of all, the personal statement has to be unique. To be completely honest, most of the people applying to COSMOS already have a strong academic background, so the essays are really what set you apart from other applicants. They're the only part of the application where you can express your beliefs, worldview, and personality, so put a lot of work into them and have multiple rounds of revision. For me, I always tried to make a connection back to the world or my community. Yes, demonstrating an active interest in STEM is amazing and congrats you're applying to the right program, but that's true for 99.999% of all the other applicants. You have to make connections beyond just your personal aptitude/investment in science.

    Hope this helps.
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