UC Berkeley Chances

<p>i want to go apply to Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. they are #3 undergrad business school according to latest rankings. what do you think my chances are? some things won't make sense, like the bad class rank but good SAT scores. the explanation is that i didn't try freshman year (luckily berkeley doesn't look at freshman grades, although it does reflect my class rank) and i've been playing catchup since then, and my school is riduculously competitive. anyways, now that i've gotten that little bit out of the way, here's my resume:</p>

<p>State of Residence: Texas</p>

<p>Ethnicity: Caucasion</p>

<p>High School: Westwood High School (ranked 92nd in the nation)
<a href="http://highschools.newsweek.com/schools/base/expandZ/Rank/1236/0/100/2007/%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://highschools.newsweek.com/schools/base/expandZ/Rank/1236/0/100/2007/&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>Class Rank: 63/617 (our school doesn't rank off of GPA. instead we use academic acverage)</p>

<p>GPA: ~3.7 (i'm not 100% sure)</p>

<p>SAT: 2140
Math: 780
Critical Reading: 660
Writing: 700 (10 on essay)</p>

<p>SAT oct/nov/dec predictions: 2270
Math: 800
Critical Reading: 720
Writing: 750 (10+ on essay)</p>

<p>SAT Subject Tests:
Math Level 2: 800
Chemistry: 770
US History: 750</p>

<p>AP Scores:
Sophomore Year:
AP Computer Science A: 5
AP World History: 5 (self-studied)
Junior Year:
AP Computer Science AB: 5
AP US Goverment: 5
AP Calculus BC: 5
AP Spanish Language: 2 (complete ********, should've been a 3 or a 4)
AP Chemistry: 5
AP US History: 5
AP English Language: 5
Senior Year: (Predictions, and shows what classes I'm currently taking)
AP Physics B: 5
AP Statistics: 5
AP English Literature: 4 or 5
AP Biology: 5
AP European History: 5</p>

<p>yes, i got national AP scholar after junior year, yays. i'm one of the ~400 who did.</p>

<p>Classes Taken at local community college over the summer
Financial Accounting: A
Psychology: A
Macro Economics: A (distance learning)</p>

<p>Other Summer Stuff:
Foreign Exchange Student to Spain for 3 weeks where I took 3 hours of classes daily and lived with a Spanish family
Welch Summer Scholar Program - i applied and got addmitted. essentially, i went to a university for 5 weeks and did chemistry research with proffessors and grad students, and then wrote a miniature discertation (~10 pages) over my expirements, made a poster, and gave a powerpoint presentation to a body of ~20 proffessors.</p>

<p>Work Experience:
Summers 2006 and 2007: worked in customer support for a software company
Through Senior Year: worked at BestBuy as Computer Salesman</p>

Model United Nations:
Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior Years
Club President Junior Year
Club Treasurer Senior Year
Won awards at various conferences
Student Council (requires 50 service hours per year):
Sophomore, junior, and senior years
Community Service Chair for Senior Year
National Honor Society (requires 20 service hours per year):
Senior Year Only
Mu Alpha Theta (requires 12 service hours per year):
Junior and Senior Years
National Spanish Honor Society (requires 8 service hours per year):
Juinor and Senior Years
Junior and Senior Years
Senior Year
Freshman Year
Cross Country:
Sophomore Year (Junior Varsity)
Track (400m):
Sophomore Year (Junior Varsity)</p>

<p>thanks all who who took their time to read my resume. let me know what you think, and i'll be really happy and gratefull.</p>

<p>You have a reasonable shot -- good scores, good ECs, etc. However, the GPA is weak. It'd be weak even in-state. For that reason, I'd say Berkeley's a reach (in large part because Berkeley OOS is a crapshoot). The context of your school will be taken into account, though. Make your essays really great and you just might get in.</p>

<p>Also, you don't apply directly to Haas -- you apply to the university (probably L&S or something), and later on you apply to Haas when you declare the major.</p>

<p>since application is due before my school next updates class rank and gpa (they do in january), is there anything else you can think of that i can do besides SAT's to improve my chances to berkeley?</p>

<p>Not really many things you can do at this point. SATs are somewhat below average for out of state, but you seem more equipped to get in than a lot of your competition. Also, like kyledavid said, its not getting into the premajor thats hard, its getting admitted properly that is. You'll find that a lot of people will drop out because of the intense competition between students. If you think you're not strong enough to compete against other people, some probably academically superior than you, for the few As that the class awards, then it might not be in your best interest to apply to Berkeley. Maybe instead you could apply for a business school that will accept you directly into the major.</p>

<p>i really don't have a problem competing academically.</p>

<p>if our school ranked based off of junior year alone, i'd be in the top 10 people. the problem is, i didn't really do anything freshman year, and while i did start to play catchup sophomore year, i should have done more, so junior year i really worked my ass off. considering that i took 7 ap classes and 1 honors course junior year, a 5.45 acadamic average (6.0 is a 100 in an AP class, 5.45 would be a 94.5 average in AP classes) is really really good.</p>

<p>if you think my chances at berkeley are good, what other schools with good undergrad business programs would you recomend (besides University of texas) that you think i have a good chance of getting into</p>

<p>Wow, who cares if Haas is ranked #3 in the nation? You should care a lot more about the school itself. I can tell you right now that the school is not for everyone. You probably have a good chance, but that's irrelevant if the school isn't a good fit for you.</p>

<p>Also, UCs do not take into consideration senior year grades.</p>

Also, UCs do not take into consideration senior year grades.


<p>Uh, yes they do. They don't request a midyear report for admission, but they do look at your senior grades later on, and if they are not up to par, they can and will rescind your admission.</p>

<p>There's a few other things you need to know about Haas.</p>

<p>(1) You don't apply to Haas until your sophomore year at UC Berkeley for admittance during your junior year.</p>

<p>(2) Only about 62% of UC Berkeley students who applied were accepted to Haas last year--and these students had average GPAs of 3.6+.</p>

<p>(3) Of those who didn't go to UC Berkeley already who applied to Haas, only about 37 students were accepted--and the average GPA of these people was 3.91 or so. </p>

<p>(4) Of non-UC Berkeley students who were accepted to Haas, almost none were accepted from out-of-state (so getting into UC Berkeley to get into Haas is paramount if you are from Texas)</p>

<p>Best of luck with your UC Berkeley application.</p>

<p>thanks for the info calcruzer. i'll make sure to just apply via the generic UC application on berkeley's website and list business as my major, then apply to Haas sophomore year.</p>

<p>I don't think business would be your major -- pre-business, perhaps, or something to that effect.</p>

<p>my friend was accepted to Berkley with worse stats than you. You have a great shot as well.</p>

<p>Other good business schools you have a shot at:</p>

North Carolina
Notre Dame
Boston College
Wake Forest
Ohio State
and maybe Cornell</p>

<p>bump, so far he's gotten in ucla, nyu, ut austin</p>

<p>Check mychances.net I'd say they're pretty accurate.</p>