Hello! Now that apps are submitted and it’s just a waiting game at this point, please help chance a nervous CS major. I know with COVID this year admissions are going to be more random than ever, but I kind of want to know if I really have a chance at these schools.
Schools: Cal Poly SLO; UC Santa Barbara; UC Irvine; San Jose State; Cal State Long Beach
Already Accepted To: Chico State; University of Nevada, Reno; Northern Arizona University
Demographics: Female; Half-Asian/Half-White; Attend a large but average public highschool in California (not super competitive but offers a great number of APs).
Intended Major: Computer Science
Alternate Majors: Graphic Communication (Cal Poly); Digital Media Art (SJSU); Cognitive Science (UCI); Statistics & Data Science (UCSB).
Test Scores: n/a (Couldn’t take due to COVID and the UCs/CSUs are test-blind anyways)
GPA: 4.07 (UC/CSU Calculated GPA)
Rank: Top 10% in a class of ~500 (School doesn’t numerically rank)
For the UCs I got ELC (Eligibility in Local Context) meaning that I’m in the top 9% of students from my school applying to UCs. I don’t know if this really matters but apparently it is one of the factors they take into account.
APs: Human Geography (4); AP CS Principles (4); AP US History (3); AP Lang. & Comp. (5)
Currently taking AP Stats, AP CS A, and AP US. Gov. and am planning to take the exams for all of them. Schools offers about 13 AP courses.
Honors: Honors English (9th-10th); Honors Integrated Math (10th-11th); Honors Chemistry (10th); Honors Biology (11th)
For some reason the UCs/CSUs do not weigh honors English and Math because it’s called something else at my school (Pre-AP), but they do weigh honors Chemistry and Biology.
Dual Enrollment: Took 5 courses at my local community college that were transferrable general education courses (ex: Psychology, Music Appreciation, etc.) for a total for 15 credits and got a 3.8 gpa.
9th- Girls Who Code club (Member)
11th/12th- Model United Nations club (Member for 11th; Publicist for 12th)
11th/12th- Link Crew (“Leader”- basically lead freshman through orientation and mentored them)
12th- Computer Science Pathway Leadership Team (Vice-President; this pathway just started this school year at my school)
I will note that my biggest weakness in my application is probably my grades in math. I’ve gotten A’s in every class except honors math in 10th and 11th. In 10th I got two B’s and in 11th I got a C first semester but worked hard and got a B second semester. Not sure if UCs/CSUs will pay close attention to this specifically as I’m applying for CS but just wanted to note it.