get help from a CC to Berkeley engineering transfer

<p>Hi, I'm Parsa. I'm a long-time reader of College Confidential, and first-time poster. </p>

<p>I got lots of useful advice here during my two years of community college, and it helped me get into Berkeley as an EECS major; I'm now finishing my first semester at Cal. </p>

<p>I know that transferring is stressful, and fiscal cutbacks only make things worse. Thus, I have decided to offer my help for anyone who has questions. Of course, anything I say pertains mainly to engineering transfers for Cal, but I can probably help others as well.</p>

<p>I know that "what are your stats?" kinds of questions will come up, so here goes:</p>

<p>When I applied, I had a 4.0 (and one W; Berkeley reps told me that "a couple" Ws aren't a big deal). But, my final semester before transferring, I got a B which brought my overall down to 3.9x; don't remember exactly what.</p>

<p>When I applied, I had 3 core courses (physics, calculus, comp sci) in progress, and 4 more core courses planned for the Spring; thus, even having a lot of important stuff left to the end isn't a deal-breaker, as long as you actually finish them all.</p>

<p>As far as extracurriculars go, I played saxophone in the jazz band (and taught, too), was the IT guy for a local small business, coached a swim team, and had an internship at a software company. Not weak, but not amazing either; Berkeley's admissions seem to be biased towards academic qualifications. I emailed a Berkeley admissions person when I was still applying, and she said that the average GPA of people admitted to EECS was "about a 3.9".</p>

<p>Also, a nice butt-kissing strategy I used is to actually mention faculty's names in the essay. I wrote something like "at UC, I can learn from prolific faculty like Nathan Cheung and John Canny...". When admissions people ask "Why does ___ want to come to our school, specifically?"--and they do--expressing interest in faculty who actually teach there is a nice way to convince the school that they have something that you want that you cannot get anywhere else. You don't have to be completely shallow about it, either; I found John Canny's research interesting, and I even chose him to be my faculty adviser; whenever I have questions, I talk to him!</p>

<p>So... I guess that's about it for now. Ask away, folks. I really want to help you all! Write your essays early, and submit your application SOONER than the day before... you hear this every year, that the server was overloaded at the deadline and people couldn't submit their applications and stuff. That happened to 2 people I knew last year. Don't be one of them!</p>

<p>hi parsa, how have you been. xD i rarely see you on.</p>

<p>Did you only apply to Berkeley? I would think the whole "mention faculty members by name" thing wouldn't work as well if you applied to multiple UC campuses.</p>

<p>i think parsa did both UCB and UCLA</p>

<p>Ms. Sun! Your website was really helpful, too. I applied to Berkeley, UCLA, and UCI. I assure you that I mentioned at least one faculty member from each university throughout the two essays. It might get convoluted for someone who applied to 5 or 6+ campuses, but since I only did 3, it was easy to mention the faculty and explain why their research was relevant to my skills and ambitions.</p>

<p>Parsa, thanks for the clarification and congratulations on getting into Cal! How do you like it so far?</p>

<p>did u get into UCLA also?</p>

<p>yes he did.</p>