Going to CC even though highly qualified?

<p>Here are my stats so far:</p>

<p>Sophomore Yr: </p>

<p>1st Semester</p>

<p>AP Euro - A
Hon. English - A
Hon. Alg. 2/Trig. - B
Spanish IA - B
Hon. Chemistry - A</p>

<p>G.P.A. = 4.4 (i don't think UC's count P.E. for gpa, but if they did, i'd have a 4.3)</p>

<p>2nd Semester:</p>

<p>AP Euro - A
Hon. English - A
Hon. Alg. 2/Trig. - A
Spanish IA - A
Hon. Chemistry - A</p>

<p>G.P.A. = 4.8 (with P.E. it's 4.6)</p>

<p>Junior Yr:</p>

<p>1st Semester:</p>

<p>AP US History - A
AP Lang./Comp. - A
Hon. Pre-Calculus- A
AP Spanish IIIA - A
AP Physics - A</p>

<p>G.P.A. = 4.8 (Done with 2 yrs. P.E. =))</p>

<p>2nd Semester:</p>

<p>AP US History - A
AP Lang./Comp. - A
Hon. Pre-Calculus- A
Spanish IIIB - A
AP Physics - A</p>

<p>G.P.A. = 4.8</p>

<p>Testing Info. </p>

<p>AP Human Geography - 5
AP Psychology - 5
AP Environmental Science - 5
AP Biology - 5
AP Chemistry - 5
AP Euro - 5
AP US History - 5
AP Lang./Comp. - 5
AP Spanish - 5
AP Macroeconomics - 5
AP Microeconomics - 5</p>

<p>Class Rank:</p>

<p>Top 4% of 853</p>

<p>Cumulative G.P.A. (Soph.-Jr.) = 4.7</p>

<p>SAT: 2350
ACT: 36</p>

<p>P.S. I am not in anyway bragging, my family came to the US when i was 9th grade(from Switzerland), we know little of the admissions process. </p>

<p>Money is an issue in our household, so they are contemplating of sending me to CC the first two years to save money.</p>

<p>Also, i have some questions:</p>

<p>Will going to CC affect how grad schools look at me? (competition,prestige etc.)
and the first two years of universities are just gen. ed., no? so that means going to CC is the same as going to University(Academics)...</p>

<p>well with ur stuff you wouldve most likely gotten a full scholarship somewhere, so I don't know why you are going to CC</p>

<p>full scholarship? Do they do that for UC's?</p>

<p>ofcourse they do, but the application deadline has already passed, so unless uve already applied, ur out of luck on the UC path</p>

<p>If you're ready to attend the University of California, money shouldn't stand in your way. UC's new Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan will cover your systemwide fees if you are a California resident whose family earns less than $70,000 a year and you qualify for financial aid. And this is just the starting point. Blue and Gold students with sufficient financial need can qualify for even more grant aid to help reduce the cost of attending.</p>

<p><a href="http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/blueandgold/%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/blueandgold/&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>Also, i'm sure you'll get into alot of the big name private schools that'd be willing to throw you some money.</p>

<p>Your stats are too impressive. Don't waste them for a CCC. My cousin is like yourself, highly qualified yet financially challenged. That isn't stopping him from applying to all the big name private schools because there are scholarships and grants for the taking.</p>

<p>It looks like you are qualified for many good universities (I'm guessing you also have Extra curriculars, univiersities like to see those). You will most likely receive Financial Aid at the top-flight universities if you can demonstrate financial need (i.e. if your parents don't make a lot of money). If you will not be able to demonstrate your parents' low income on paper, you might be better off going to a community college to save money for the first two years. </p>

<p>I would recommend going to the financial aid section of these forums or calling up/visiting the websites of the universities you are interested in applying in to get more information on how they would be able to help you financially.</p>

<p>with all of those AP tests you will have the IGETC completed easily within 1 year, saving yourself many thousands of dollars over what it would have cost you to do that in 2 years at a university.</p>

<p>I would go to CC only if you didn't get into the school or major you wanted to get into.</p>

<p>Given that you posted your soph + junior stats I assume you will be starting your senior year. You need to visit your school counselor and have them assist you in the admissions process- as a freshmen there are more full ride scholarships available to you in many schools that as a transfer. You have a lot of AP credit so you could in theory spend less time at UC or any other 4 year institution. I highly recommend you get assistance with applications and head to a university upon graduating high school. You can apply outside the UC system as well. </p>

<p>If your parents are not actually poor but just want you to save money, you may want to consider applying for other universities, that will reward you based on merit and could offer a full ride regardless of your actual need. Also i think there is a Regents scholarship for freshmen from the UC (not sure though). </p>

<p>What UC do you want to go to?
If it is mainly UCB or UCLA you should just apply directly out of high school and only if you are rejected from your top choice schools should you consider community college.</p>