I’ll be applying next year as a normal freshman applicant, however, I know that the UCs have been getting more and more competitive lately and I want to keep some options open. One backup plan I was thinking about was attending the Santa Barbara CC and then trying to get a TAG (transfer admission guarantee) to UCSB as soon as possible. I’d really like to only spend a year at CC, though, and I think I’d rather attend a lower-tier university than stay in CC for 2 years.
I’ll have earned 44 college credits from AP tests by the end of high school (assuming I get at least a 3 on all of them, which is pretty likely). I’m currently undecided on a major but I saw some interesting options in the College of Letters and Sciences. Estimated GPA by the end of HS should be around 4.0-4.10.