I’m a Senior in high school, first generation going to college. I am planning on applying to Cal States and UCs, but I am unsure of whether or not I am making a balanced list. I don’t know how to use my stats to figure out what my “safety, target, reach” schools are. I want to apply for a psychology major.
I am a California resident. I have a 3.7 unweighted, 4.2 weighted, and 4.25 UC capped weighted GPA. I am #5 of my class out of 402. However, I have unfortunately gotten 2 C’s, one in history and another in chemistry. By the end of high school I will have taken 4 AP classes and 7 College classes with my local community college.
For extra curriculars, I have had several leadership roles in my robotics team, including president and historian/documentation. I have also had leadership roles in my school’s Women in Engineering Club and Femineers Club. Last summer I had an internship with a big engineering/space company. I am part of a STEM organization for low income and first gen students, I do community service and summer programs with them.
Clearly, I have done a lot in the field of engineering and nothing for psychology, which is what I want to major in. Is that bad? I’m really upset about that.
Sorry for that long message, but in short I believe myself to be an average student, and these are the schools I have on my list currently. Any thoughts?
Cal State Fullerton (target)
Cal State Long Beach (reach)
Cal State Dominguez Hills (safety)
San Diego State (reach) or Northridge (target)
UC San Diego (reach) -dream school
UC Riverside (target/reach)
UC Santa Cruz (reach)
UC Irvine or Davis (both reach)