<p>I am applying to the following: UCLA, UCI, UC-Berkeley, UCSD, and UIUC.</p>
<p>4.7 GPA (weighted)/ 3.43 (unweighted) out of a 4.0 scale.</p>
<p>Ranked 7 out of 434 students.</p>
<p>SAT Reasoning Test: 1690.</p>
<p>SAT Subject Tests:
U.S. History: 670.
Mathematics Level 1: 650.
Mathematics Level 2: 590.</p>
<p>ACT Highest Scores:
National Honor Society (2 years, Treasurer for 1)
Mu Alpha Theta (2 years).
Mathletes Member (4 years) ; All-Conference Mathlete with several ribbons and medals from competitions individually and as a team.
Student Council (4 years).
Spanish Club (1 year).
Scholastic Bowl (1 year).
Associate Member of the National Society of Hispanic MBA's.</p>
<p>AP State Scholar.</p>
<p>Mexican-American, first generation.</p>
In June, I did the Broadcasting Program funded by the IBA at Bradley University.
In July, I did the Summer Enrichment Program funded by the National Society of Hispanic MBA's at DePaul University. </p>
<p>Going to do community service in New Orleans this Spring Break and in Costa Rica this summer with Rustic Pathways, a traveling agency.</p>
<p>I know nothing about UCs, but Berkley is waaay too high
-SAT reasoning test is pretty bad for top schools, this will kill your chances at any top 50 schools (coupled with your GPA)
-No matter how your school weights grades and bases ranking off of that, your unweighted GPA is extremely low. Yes, some schools are hard graders, but top schools average a 3.8-3.9 GPA.
-ACT is significantly better than SAT.
-SAT IIs are pretty bad. Don’t submit unless if you need to.
-ECs seem pretty weak. It doesn’t seem like you had much going on.
-First generation mex american will help you, obviously.</p>
<p>Good luck. Hopefully this spurs some discussion on your thread. Sorry I couldn’t help much pal :/</p>
<p>Well thanks for the reply!</p>
<p>I know my SAT’s are bad but here in Illinois, we only focus on ACT.</p>
<p>Sorry I didn’t see your ACT score… I’m from Minnesota so I know what you are saying.</p>
<p>It seems low for berkley, but I would definitely still apply. Talk to your college councilor and make sure that colleges know that a 3.43 GPA is impressive at your school. This is important as your unweighted GPA is relatively horrible to other people’s, but your rank is pretty good.</p>
<p>Oh, are you a senior as well?</p>
<p>I’m applying just so I’ll know, instead of wondering what if.</p>
<p>My GPA will end up rising since I am taking 5 AP Classes and 2 Honors Classes this year. What sucks about Illinois is the fact that gym is a requirement (No Honors Credit) so it automatically brings your Cumulative GPA down.</p>
<p>What is your intended major?</p>
<p>UCLA and UC-Berkeley- Reaches. Your ACT and GPA are below average for those schools. The fact that you are Mexican-American and are OOS (they need money) will give you a fighter’s chance.
UCI and UCSD: Don’t know enough about them to chance you
UIUC: Slight Reach mainly because of your GPA and they have been accepting more OOS students lately. Your chances of getting in could depend on what you major in.</p>
<p>How do you get a 24 in writing? lol. It is out of 12.</p>
<p>keep in mind that OOS means no financial aid for UCs</p>
<p>There is actually a higher acceptance rate for OOS for UCLA than in-state (30.3%)</p>
<p>Let me offer a dissenting view to others re UIUC. ACT median (25 - 75%) there in 2011 was 26 to 31. Assuming it goes up a bit, your 29 puts you right at the median. You also have very high class rank and URM and in-state status will help. I think UIUC is close to, but not quite a safety for you (around 75%). </p>
<p>Agree Berkeley and UCLA = reaches, UCSD probably 50/50 and UC Irvine 66%. CA loves OOS if you can pay full OOS freight ($50K), but due to their financial problems UC system not chomping at the bit to offer lots of FA to OOS. </p>
<p>Do you also have some safeties you are looking at?</p>
<p>ND2017 My intended major is Psychology and I have to double major, my other major being Mathematics.</p>
<p>Hugoblack I got an 8 out of 12 in Writing; it said 24 right next to it.</p>
<p>muckdogs07 Safeties would be Hawaii Pacific University, University of San Diego, and Saint Louis University. Are there others within my range you think I should apply to?</p>
<p>Jasmin3527, it makes sense. I thought you mean you got a 24 on the essay.</p>