Can anybody give me a sense of what my son’s chances of getting into UCLA, Berkeley, UCSB and UCSD might be?
As of the end of junior year last year my East coact-based son had an unweighted GPA of 3.9 and an uncapped weighted GPA of 4.19.
By the end of junior year he had taken and gotten As in 4 APs (AP World, French, AP English Composition, AP US History) and scored 5s on each of the tests; he is taking another 4 APs senior year and so far has As in all of them.
Our school does not award additional quality points for his 8 advanced/intensified/honors classes; he got one B: Algebra II Intensified sophomore year.
These are good academic results, but not outstanding at his public high school, which offers a total of 32 APs, and it is not uncommon for students to have 8 APs under their belts by the end of junior year. (For a lot of reasons that wouldn’t have made a lot of sense for my son, given hard work to overcome dyscalculia, and a lot of family stressors, prior to the end of sophomore year. ) So not wowing for an out of state applicant to UCLA.
But then he got a 35 on his ACTs (36 in both English sections, 35 science, 33 math) and we thought, yay, that might get home over the edge! And then UC went test blind, and we thought, oh no. Now what?
He has applied to UCLA, Berkeley, UCSB and UCSD. He is very strong in all the humanities, excellent in French (silver medalist in the national competition), very good at lab sciences and increasingly comfortable in math (getting As in AP Calc AB) but definitely not going to be a math or engineering major. His strongest interests are in psychology, philosophy and political science.
Not an athlete; editor in chief of the school newspaper, president of Young Dems, musician, won honorable mention for a documentary in a national competition.
He was born in LA but we’ve lived on the East coast for the last 10 years. Grandfather taught at UCLA, father, grandmother and two aunts went to UCLA, and he has wanted to go there since he was four and I was taking night classes there. He also really liked UCSB; has spent time on Berkeley campus, but no tour there or UCSD.
With the ACT score I would have thought he had about a 40% chance at UCLA and Cal, and about 65% at UCSB and UCSD. Without it, I have literally no idea. Anybody have any insight?