Hey all, I would like your input as to what my chances are of admission into UCLA, USC, and other like schools under Mechanical Engineering. I would also like input as to how I could improve. I go to an all boys Catholic liberal arts high school, so some things might appear strange. Stats go like this:
GPA: 4.13 weighted 3.8 unweighted (one B in APWH soph year and messed up first semester with B’s in HPreCalc and AP Physics 1)
SAT 1: 1420 (going to retake near future) 750 Math 680 English
PSAT: 1460 (does this score even matter?)
ACT: Not taken yet
SAT 2: Going to take Math and Bio; thoughts?
Number of AP Classes: 1 Soph 3 Junior (My school caps at 4 AP classes a year for whatever reason)
Planned Classes Senior Year: AP Calc AB (our school is strict with acceleration), AP Gov, AP Spanish (might change), AP English Lit, SportsMed (might change to AP Physics C or AP Chem), Honors Philosophy
Placement in Class:
Academic Achievements: National Hispanic Scholar, Principal’s List (4.0 and above, not much of an achievement as it is necessity)
Internships: One internship summer after soph year with the Department of Naval Research at SSC Pacific Point Loma in the Electrical Engineering Dept. doing research on software; it was rather competitive. It is called SEAP.
Extracurriculars: Youth Ministry Leadership Team, Boy Scouts (working on Eagle), Altar boy at Church, volunteer waiter at Church, campus ministry at school (helping with services and went on a mission/tourist trip to Guatemala where we built houses, stoves, and other things), tutoring in math (paid and volunteer for school)
Ethnicity: Filipino/Mexican (Filipeno)
Applying for NROTC Marine Option and working on that
This is what I have to work with so far, and I plan on getting straight A’s this semester to fix my GPA and take the tests I need to take to stay in the running.