My Chances for CS


  • US domestic: Permanent Resident
  • State/Location of residency: California
  • Type of high school: Public high school
  • Gender/Race/Ethnicity (optional): Male/India
  • Other special factors (first generation to college, legacy, athlete, etc.): (Idk if immigrant is a hook) / N/A

Intended Major(s) Computer Science/ Anything similar

GPA, Rank, and Test Scores

  • Unweighted HS GPA: 3.417
  • Weighted HS GPA (incl. weighting system): 3.8 - 3.9
  • College GPA (for transfers):
  • Class Rank: N/A
  • ACT/SAT Scores: SAT - 1510

5 APs: Computer Science A , Chemistry , Calculus BC , Statistics , Physics 1
3 Honors: Chemistry , Pre- Calculus , French 4
2 Dual Enrollment: Python Programming(Doing this summer) , Intro to Data Science(Taking in fall quarter)

Seal of Biliteracy

I have a lot of things going on this summer, so I will put a question mark after some activities since I might not be able to do them, feel free to disregard them

Cleared USACO Bronze
Competitive Programming Club(Applied to become officer but decision hasn’t come out yet/ 40% chance) (1 year)
JV Swim team (2 years)
Volunteered at local library (15 Hours)
Helping disabled kids learn how to swim(Around 60 to 70 hrs by November 2021)
Swim instructor/Lifeguard paid job (?)
Web development internship(?)
Teaching kids Java/C++(?)

Have just started writing them but consider all of the essays 7/10 and all letters a 6/10

Cost Constraints / Budget

Not a priority


  • Safety (certain admission and affordability)
    University of Arizona
    Arizona State University
  • Likely
    Colorado University - Boulder (The acceptance rate is high but I know CS is competitive so I’m not sure where to put this)
    UC Merced
  • Match
    UC Santa Cruz
    San Jose State
    UT Dallas
    UI Chicago
  • Reach
    University of Wisconsin - Madison
    UC Davis

Calculate your HS GPA for UC purposes at GPA Calculator for the University of California – RogerHub . It will calculate three HS GPAs. Most UC web sites use the weighted-capped version unless otherwise specified.

For CSUs, the HS GPA calculation is the same as UC weighted-capped, except that semester college courses count as two courses and two grades each.

Note that the UCs and CSUs will be ACT/SAT-blind.

SJSU CS is probably a reach for you. Freshmen Impaction Results | Admissions shows fall 2021 admission thresholds. For CS, the 3400 score is equivalent to a 4.25 HS GPA, or 4.00 HS GPA for those graduating high school in Santa Clara County (local area bonus).

Fall 2020 admission rates by campus and HS GPA range from Freshman fall admissions summary | University of California :

Campus 4.20+ 3.80-4.19 3.40-3.79 3.00-3.39
Berkeley 37% 14% 2% 1%
Davis 86% 55% 16% 7%
Irvine 60% 38% 9% 1%
Los Angeles 38% 8% 1% 1%
Merced 98% 97% 95% 88%
Riverside 97% 90% 65% 30%
San Diego 78% 39% 8% 1%
Santa Barbara 81% 40% 9% 2%
Santa Cruz 92% 82% 59% 26%

These are for the whole campus. Different divisions or majors may have different levels selectivity (usually, engineering and computer science majors are more selective).

I don’t know about most of the OOS schools you list but, with a 3.8-3.9, I’d reclassify test-blind UCM as a match and UCSC as a slight reach. I’d add CPP, SDSU, CSULB, and Chico as solid CS programs with good student experiences that are likely to admit you.

apply broadly and good luck.

Add UCSC for CS

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