My son is a rising senior in a competitive California high school. His unweighted GPA is 4.0 and UC capped weighted 4.36. He has taken 4 AP classes and will have 1 IB and AP class Senior year. Unable to take SAT so far due to COVID. He is a 2 sport varsity athlete and has held a leadership role on the team. He has been involved in Boys Team Charity for 6 years and enjoys volunteering in our community. He is unsure of what he wants to do so is thinking of a business major. I would like him to stay in CA but AZ is an option too as his sister is studying nursing at ASU. Watching sports is important to him so a school with football/basketball would be preferred as is greek system. He is a smart kid and takes academics seriously but doesn’t want to study all day every day. However, he wants a school with a good academic reputation. Thinking of applying at:
CAL (Dad is a legacy) sports are great but the academic rigor might be too much plus difficulty of getting into Haas
UCLA - academic rigor challenging
UCD - he thinks too close to home
Cal Poly - direct admit business school but sports are not especially popular
UCSB - great campus vibe but no sports
SDSU - apply to honors college -good academic reputation?
ASU - apply to honors college - good academic reputation?
UArizona - apply to honors college-good academic reputation?
We have visited Cal, SDSU, ASU and will do drive by’s at Cal Poly and UCSB this summer.
I know with the test optional situation in CA admissions will be different this year and realize CA schools are difficult to get into in normal circumstances but would appreciate any input and if we should add more safety schools to the list.