Chance me for UC Berkeley, UCSB, Cal Poly and UCLA!

Demographics: Male, Hispanic, Jewish, California (in-state), private school, legacy (at UCSB)

Intended Major(s): Social Sciences (Undecided)


UW/W GPA and Rank: 4.0 uw/4.09 W UC GPA (school does not rank)

Coursework: AP English Language (4), english honors, accelerated math and spanish. Taking AP Psych, AP Stats, AP E lit and AP 3d studio art this year

Awards: Spanish honors society, Hispanic recognotions program through the College Board (top 2.5% on PSAT), CIF All Academic state champion (highest team gpa in the state, i led my team), Most improved player for baseball

Varsity Baseball for 4 years. Starting 1B since sophomore year
Summer internship at a real estate company for 2 weeks
CIT for a month. Helped plan certain events and was paid with 4th-5th graders.
Volunteered with disabled kids on how to play baseball since middle school
president/VP of Jewish Student Club. set up discussions with the middle school and brought in a rabbi to talk about high holidays.
graphic design (designed senior class’ clothing)
Math mentors (mentor a kid from the middle school during the year)

Essays/LORs/Other: Essays: emphasize leadership and love for learning, and also discuss hardships at home, impacting a weaker academic course load. Perseverance as well

Match + reach? Any schools to look at?

Post all 3 of the UC GPA’s: Unweighted, Capped weighted and Fully weighted

Only 1 AP for Sophomore/Junior year? Are there limitations on the # of AP’s and which years you can take? How many AP’s does your school offer?

Addressing a weaker curriculum due to family issues can help since your HS course is lacking.

UC’s do not consider legacy and for the moment Race/Ethnicity either in their admission decisions.

Are you planning to play Baseball in college or being recruited?

Which Cal poly SLO or Pomona? SLO does not offer an “undecided/undeclared” major so which Social science major are you targeting?


uw: 4.00 cw/fw: 4.09

Yes one of my PIQs addresses and focuses on that topic

Planning to play club in college

Marketing at Cal Poly SLO

Below are some admission information for the UC’s and assuming the capped weighted is somewhere in the range below:

2019 Freshman admit rates for UC GPA of 3.80-4.19 capped weighted and not major specific:
UCB: 12%
UCLA: 7%
UCSB: 32%

**2020 UC capped weighted GPA averages along with 25th-75th percentile range: **
UCB: 4.22 (4.13-4.30)
UCLA: 4.25 (4.18-4.31)
UCSB: 4.17 (4.03-4.27)

Since the UC’s and CSU’s are test blind this admission cycle, HS course rigor and GPA will have a greater impact on all applicants chances. Since you do address your HS course rigor in one of the personal insight essays, it should help your chances but both UCLA and UCB should be considered Reach schools and UCSB a Low Reach/High Match.

Cal Poly SLO’s Marketing concentration is part of the Business Administration major. For 2020, SLO had 5777 Freshman applicants for 581 spots. If you use a 33% yield for the major, you get around a 30% acceptance rate.

The Business school GPA range for admitted students is below:
GPA: 3.96 – 4.25

SLO calculates Freshman applicants GPA using 9-11th grades for the a-g courses and caps the # of honors points to 8 semesters for UC approved Honors, AP/IB or DE courses taken 10-11th grades.

SLO is slightly more realistic as a High Match but definitely not a guarantee. Hopefully you have some solid Match and Safety schools on your list. This year’s admissions are going to be very unpredictable so it is important to apply widely and love your safeties.

Best of luck.

Honestly, your UCGPA is light for all of them so, I think they are all reaches. That said, this will be a really unpredictable year so, any of them could happen.

UCSC, UCR, SDSU and CSULB are matches you should explore - a couple privates like LMU, USD and Chapman would probably offer merit aid - so, they are also worth a look.

Apply broadly and good luck.

That is interesting stats on majors! Is there a location to find more info on this for SLO? I have a student interested in construction sciences there.

“Cal Poly SLO’s Marketing concentration is part of the Business Administration major. For 2020, SLO had 5777 Freshman applicants for 581 spots. If you use a 33% yield for the major, you get around a 30% acceptance rate.”

@socalgb: SLO lists target projections for # applicants vs. spots available for each major. What is not disclosed is the acceptance rate by major and the stats for admitted students by major along with the yield rate. Using a 33% acceptance rate can give you a ballpark.

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You are very similar to my daughter from last year, @zachbaseball32 . She is Hispanic and Jewish, 3.7UW/4.2 W GPA. 33 ACT. National Hispanic Recognition Program. 4 years JV and Varsity Lacrosse starter on a championship team. Undecided major except at SLO (business). 7 APs (Calc A/B, Env Sci, APUSH, Euro Hist, Stats, Govt, Comp Sci Prin). Top rated HS in California.

She was accepted at SLO, SDSU (Honors), waitlisted and later admitted to UCSB and UCSD. Rejected at UCB and UCLA. Also accepted at Michigan and Wisconsin. She was only interested really in UCSB.

Based on this, and with no ACT/SAT, I would bet you would be similar. You have a higher UW GPA, but no supporting ACT/SAT and hers were high. She has more APs than you.

I’m guessing accepted at SLO and UCSB, but likely not accepted to Berkeley or UCLA. Your URM status means nothing at these schools or any public in CA, nor does your legacy status at UCSB. But perhaps you have great essays? Did you calculate your MCA at SLO, or do they still have this?

She is now attending ASU Barrett on a full tuition ride scholarship for NHRP. ASU has a very good business school with high rankings in Supply Chain, Management, and Marketing. She is having a good time even during COVID.

Have you looked at this option? Barrett really caters to NHRP kids and rolled out the red carpet for us. Lots of National Merit scholars there. It comes out to about $20-$22K/year all in. About $60K cheaper than UCSB over 4 years.

It’s not too late to apply to Barrett for late consideration. Either way, you get the scholarship. But you will likely be accepted with your NHRP status.

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