Does UCB put a lot of emphasis on ECs?

<p>I have 3.9 UW GPA with lots of AP classes, I have good ACT scores (35) and good SAT IIs. I think I'll be able to get good recs and essays, but my weak link is the EC part. Does Berkeley look at ECs a lot?</p>

<p>Are you in-state?</p>

<p>Nope. Living in Colorado.</p>

<p>Hmm. What EC's do you have?</p>

<p>200+ hours volunteering in public library, (going to be)200+ hours doing some research with Colorado State university, some involvement with local clubs, self studying Chinese/History. That's about it.</p>

<p>That isn't shabby at all. I think you have a decent chance.</p>

<p>Actually, those are impressive, especially the research.</p>

<p>It looks impressive... until the officer sees that the research has nothing to do with my major. >_<</p>

<p>What's your intended major?</p>

<p>So what? You still did the research, which shows initiative and intelligence.</p>

<p>I'm think about Computer Science/History/Economics, and I'm currently isolating plant DNA.</p>

<p>Doesn't really fit in too well, but I guess the experience is good anyhow.</p>

<p>Just apply as undecided L&S.
By the way, no recs required for UC's.</p>

<p>No recs? Oh well no big loss.</p>

<p>Personally I think Berkeley puts huge stock into ECs, but I still think GPA (including trend)/course work, test scores, and your essays are probably as important if not more important. I believe for many ECs make or break their application- for some, it gets them in, for some, it gets them rejected. Best of luck and your ECs (and general app) seem very good. Write good essays and you have a great chance.</p>

<p>Berkeley puts a huge emphasis on essays IMO.</p>