chance me for some west coast schools!

hi! im still building my college list and i wanted to understand my chances for some of these schools, just to get an idea! also please give me some suggestions for some good target schools

demographics: indian, mid-tier income, female from california, parents are immigrants

intended major: human biology


  • GPA: 3.86 UW, 4.45 W (10-12) <–calculated these myself so hopefully they arent too off
    *note: i put P for one course
  • SAT: 1470
  • Subject Tests: Chem–740, Math 2–750
  • APs: human geo - 3; chem - 3; bio - 5; us history - 5; calc ab - 5; lang - 4;
    for next year: calc bc, gov, econ, physics

Community college courses: english lit (english 4), psychology, comp sci 1

notable extracurriculars:

  • treasurer of SADD (students against destructive decisions) school club for two years and attended a national conference for it
  • drum major of hs marching band for two years (asst for first year)
  • started a south asian cultural club -- president for three years (10-12)
  • selected and participated in the Lundquist Summer Fellows research program (summer 2020) (there was supposed to be a stipend, but bc of covid they couldn't provide one)
  • prospective sealbearer for CSF and interact (service clubs)
  • hospital volunteer at Harbor-UCLA (not sure how many hours for def over a year)


  • band academic achievement award (freshman year)
  • World Language academic achievement award (junior year)
  • AP Scholar with distinction award

other info:

  • i moved back from india (i lived there for two years) in middle school and will talk about the changes i had to face in one of my essays (probably)
  • ive done traditional dance since i was 4 but had to stop a few years ago bc of a still persisting ankle injury, i might talk about this in one of my essays
  • i also attended the California Leadership Academy in summer 2019 and summer 2020 in prep for my dm position
  • completed a coursera vital signs course during quarantine to stay productive, not sure if this adds anything though

my college list so far (correct these if i’ve over or underestimated):

Reach: UCLA, UC berkeley
Hard Target: UCSD
Target: UCI, UCSB, UCD, University of Washington, CSULB
Safety: community college

*i prefer to stay close to california/ west coast but if you think there are good target schools elsewhere pls lmk

UC GPA, unweighted, capped weighted and fully weighted?

What is your career goal with the Human Biology major?

Urban/Suburban/Rural locations?
Large/Medium/Small campus?
What kind of college experience are you looking for?

I would include Santa Cruz or Riverside as possible UC safeties depending upon your capped weighted GPA. Also look at Cal Poly SLO and San Diego state as other Cal state options.

What about private universities such as Santa Clara, Pitzer or Pomona College?

Unweighted GPA: 3.86
Weighted GPA: 4.23
Weighted and Capped GPA: 4.23
i hope to go to med school to become a physician
I prefer urban/suburban locations
im not too interested in party life or anything like that, i just want the school to have good premed programs
i also want recommendations for privates! i just wasnt sure about any privates in california that are good AND actually possible for me to get into. i want a large-enough list of targets so i can feel reassured haha

I think you have a balanced college list. I would probably consider UC Santa Cruz or Riverside over CC as a safety/backup. UCR has an early assurance Medical school program if you are interested:

Also any school can be a “party school” so you just need to find your tribe.

The best Pre-med school for any student would be a school where you have the best chance for a High GPA in the Medical school pre-req courses, access to medically related EC’s and a school with good Pre-Med advising.

You also want to keep undergrad costs at a minimum.

In general you need a place where you can thrive as student–academically, socially and personally. Medical schools are looking for students who are not just top students academically, but also interesting, well rounded individuals with specific social competencies and leadership skills.

All these schools will offer these opportunities, but it is up to you to take advantage.