Good SATs but low GPA

<p>will someone please tell me what are my reaches, targets, etc.</p>

<p>UC GPA: 3.5
Cumulative GPA: 3.4
SAT 1: Math-700, verbal-660
SAT2's: US History-760, Writing-700, Math 1-710
I live in CA
APs : Euro-5, US History 5</p>

<p>My grades went up dramatically from sophomore to junior year and stayed up all junior year and this semester senior year. I got a scholarship for the most improved grades from one semester to the next at my school.</p>

<p>Many EC's...
Volunteer at the Democratic National Convention
Intern on the Boxer for Senate Campaign with rec. from campaign manager
Intern in a State Assemblyman's District office
Wesley Clark for President Campaign.. high school and college coordinator
Kerry for President Campaign... high school and college coordinator
Mock Trial Team Captain (my team is one of the best in the state of CA)
Speech and Debate Team Captain
Student Council all four years of HS
National Honor Society</p>

<p>These are the schools to which im applying
American U.
Georgetown U.
George Washington
Washington and Lee
Penn State
... any other ideas?
btw... i want to major in political science and economics</p>

<p>ouch.. UC GPA of 3.5? geez.... im sorry but UCLA and UCB chances are NOT good. Like.. 5% max. Get some safeties up there (Cal states, etc). Even wtih most improved grades. Your UC GPA of 3.5 is not going to get you into UCLA or UCB.. even with a 1360 and about a 700 average. If you had like a 1500 and a 750 average on the SAT2s, you stand a decent chance (25%) at UCLA and UCB. But as it is... uber uber uber uber reach.</p>

<p>bump bump bump</p>

<p>Well....if you are a Democrat you will get accepted to W&L simply because they are trying to diversify...but in reality problebly 95+% of the people there are Republican so its iffy if you'd like it.</p>

<p>American looks like the only good match school for you on there (it's still not a gimme). The rest of the schools are probably reaches except for Northeastern and Penn State. You might try to find a few safeties because all of your schools are reaches or matches.</p>

<p>I think u r wat they call Under achievers (ppl who do well on tests). Anyway, even with 3.4 i think u stand a pretty good chance at UCLA. I am going to apply there RD, hopefully i'll get in and c u there :)</p>

<p>Your EC's are decent, but your numbers will hurt you. The UC system is, after all, numbers-driven. I think you'd like Georgetown...applying early will definitely help you.</p>

<p>I think this guy is one reason why the UC's have decided to put in comprehensive review.</p>

<p>Up your SATII math and writing scores about 50 each, and you will look VERY intriguing to a UC admissions officer.</p>

<p>thanks... anymore comments</p>

<p>o... btw... i go to a very competitive, small private school</p>