Chance my son to UCs

US citizen

  • State/Location of residency:
  • Type of high school:
  • Gender/Race/Ethnicity :
    Asian Male

Intended Major(s)
Data science

GPA, Rank, and Test Scores
3.85 Weighted HS GPA, 4.5 UC GPA, 4.42 UWGPA

  • Class Rank: school doesn’t rank
  • ACT/SAT Scores: NA

AP Calculus AB (5)
AP Calculus BC (5)
AP Physics C mechanics (5)
AP Physics e&m (5)
AP world history
AP US history (4)
AP Computer Science A (4)
AP Computer principles (5)
AP Statistics,
AP English language and composition
AP Environmental science
AP Gov
AP Econ

Worked with a math professor submitted two papers to a journal.
Eagle Scout
AIME Qualifier from 7th grade
AMC 12 distinction
Music teacher certificate of merit exam: Advance level with state honors, played at the state convention
MTAC – invited to apply for Panel and Young Artist guild.
International awards in music, played solo in Carnegie Hall.
County science fair award
Over 150 hours of volunteering ( teaching violin performing at senior centers)

There are three UC GPAs. Can you post all three of them? It doesn’t make sense that his unweighted GPA is higher than his weighted GPA.

oops meant 3.85 unweighted and 4.2 UC capped GPA

Here are the 2021 admit rates based on the Capped weighted UC GPA. Competitive majors including Data Science will have lower overall admit rates than listed. As noted above, the UC’s will look at all 3 UC GPA’s and your son appears to be a competitive applicant for all the UC’s.

Campus 4.20+ 3.80-4.19 3.40-3.79 3.00-3.39
Berkeley 30% 11% 2% 1%
Davis 85% 55% 23% 10%
Irvine 60% 31% 14% 1%
Los Angeles 29% 6% 1% 0%
Merced 97% 98% 96% 89%
Riverside 97% 92% 62% 23%
San Diego 72% 25% 2% 0%
Santa Barbara 73% 28% 4% 1%
Santa Cruz 91% 81% 46% 9%

Below is some specific data for DS admission by campus.

UCI 2021 admit rate for DS was 26.8% and 2022 was 7.6%

UCR 2021 admit rate for DS was 67%. No data listed for 2022.

UCSD’s Data science major is capped but no specific admit rates. UCSD admits into the University first then into the major and make sure he selects an alternate major. Overall campus admit rate for 2022 was 23.7%.

UCD has no specific admit rate data for DS but welcomed it’s first DS class this Fall 2022. UCD admits by Department/Division for DS which is in the Statistics Department. Overall campus admit rate was 37.5%

UCSB’s Data Science major is found in the Statistics department which does not admit by major (College of Letters and Sciences). Average admit UC fully weighted GPA of 2022 was 4.41. Overall campus admit rate for 2022 was 26%.

UCLA’s Data Science is found in the College of Letters and Sciences which does not admit by major. Overall admit rate for the College of L&S was 13% in 2021. Overall campus admit rate for 2022 was 9%.

UCB’s Data Science is found in the College of Letters and Sciences which does not admit by major however, DS is now listed as a High Demand Major which needs to be listed on the application as 1st choice. College of L&S admit rate for 2022 was 12% with an overall campus admit rate of 11%.

Thanks for the feedback