***UC RIVERSIDE CLASS OF 2024 DECISION THREAD (STATS ONLY)***

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[aB][asize=4][acolor=#008000]Decision: Admitted[/color][/size]**
[aB][asize=4][acolor=#FFA500]Decision: Waitlisted[/color][/size]**
[aB][asize=4][acolor=#FF0000]Decision: Rejected[/color][/size]**

Merit scholarships awarded (if any):

Major (and division if applicable) applied to:

Academic stats:

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UC Unweighted GPA:
UC Capped Weighted GPA:
UC Fully Weighted GPA:
ELC (top 9%):

Comments about course load (including senior year):
SAT (total and sections):
ACT (total and sections):
SAT Subject Tests (if any):
AP exams (scores in parentheses):
IB exams (score in parentheses):
Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):

Subjective:

For the following, indicate level of recognition or award (e.g. local, state, national, international) and/or leadership roles:
Extracurriculars:
Job/Work Experience:
Volunteer/Community service:
Summer Activities:

Personal Insight essays (details):
Letters of recommendation/Augmented Review:

Demographics

State (if domestic applicant):
Country (if international applicant):
High school type:

Gender:

Applied for need-based financial aid?:
Pell grant eligible?:
Maximum Pell grant (FAFSA EFC = $0)?:

Highest level of parent education:
Living with both, one, or no parents?:

Reflection

Strengths:
Weaknesses:
Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected:
Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected:

**General Comments: **

Admit
3.50 UW, 3.59 Weighted
1270 SAT
Lack of ECs, Autodesk Inventor International Certification, Mentor for english learners
Material Science @ engineering
Accepted to sfsu sjsu

Decision: Admitted
Merit scholarships awarded (if any):
don’t know
Major (and division if applicable) applied to: Computer Science and Business Applications (College of Engineering)

UC Capped Weighted GPA: 4.04
ELC (top 9%): yes
ACT (total and sections): 32 | 31E 29M 34R 33S
Course load: always took AP/honors if available. took a crazy junior year course load that I definitely regret
Senior Year- AP English Literature, AP Calculus AB, AP Statistics, PLTW Engineering Honors, AP US Government/Econ H, Intro Art
AP exams: 10th grade- AP CompSci Principles 4; 11th grade- AP English Language 5, AP Biology 3, AP Computer Science 3, AP Environ Science 4

Extracurriculars: president/leadership in several clubs (some stem/cs related), church activities, art
Job/Work Experience: internship at stem education summer program
Volunteer/Community service: 400+ hours and awards

Personal Insight essays (details): don’t want to specify the topics, but they provided a lot of insight into my character and experiences in my extracurriculars.

female attending a CA medium-size public hs who applied for need-based financial aid.

Reflection:
Strengths: essays, ecs, girl in cs
Weaknesses: got Bs both semesters in AP Bio and AP Chem junior year
Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected:
Accepted- pepperdine, LMU, CPP

General Comments: good luck!

Decision: Admitted

Merit scholarships awarded: Chancellor’s Scholarship ($5,000 per year!)

Major applied to: Computer Science

Academic stats:

UC Unweighted GPA: 4.0
UC Fully Weighted GPA: 4.25
ELC (top 9%): Yes

Comments about course load: Freshman-Junior year (took every available honors course, orchestra, and 3 APs), Senior year (3 AP Classes, ASB, & Free periods)
ACT: Composite-34, Math-34, Science-30, English-36, Reading-35
AP exams (scores in parentheses): AP Language & Composition (5), APUSH (3), AP European History (2 lmaoo)

Subjective:

For the following, indicate level of recognition or award (e.g. local, state, national, international) and/or leadership roles: Girls State Delegate
Extracurriculars: 3 Sports during school year, president of 2 clubs, sailing, ASB, class council
Job/Work Experience: Summer job, 20-25 hours/week
Volunteer/Community service: Foster animals, work with local non-profit, TA at preschool
Summer Activities: Lifeguard assistant, summer job

Personal Insight essays: Wrote about why I chose my major, working with my non-profit, fostering animals, and being mascot for my school

Demographics

State: CA
High school type: STEM school (Trimester system)

Gender: F

Highest level of parent education: PhD
Living with both, one, or no parents?: Both

Reflection

Strengths: I do things related to my major and stay involved in my school and community
Weaknesses:
Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected:
Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Accepted at SDSU, SJSU, CSUSM, CSULB, UCSC. I am waiting for the rest of the admission notices.

General Comments: I have 700+ recorded volunteer hours, and I do a lot of extracurriculars related to my major as I am confident that this is what I want to do. I also took PLTW Engineering courses.

Admitted
Psychology
UC GPA 4.04
SAT 1280
2 APs + 7 college course as dual enrollment
Strong EC: sports, over 200+ hrs volunteering, Editor of Newspaper

femail, large public hs in Bay Area, white, Middle class

Strengths: essays, ECs, college classes
Weakness: low SAT
Accepted: LMU, Chapman, CSU Long Beach, SJSU
Still waiting: CalPoly, SDSU, UCSC, UCD, UCI, UCSB

Decision: Admitted [to alternate major]

Merit scholarships awarded (if any): N/A

Major (and division if applicable) applied to: Mechanical Engineering, but accepted for alternate major which is Materials Science and Engineering

Academic stats:

UC unweighted GPA: 3.54
UC Capped Weighted GPA: 3.88
UC Fully Weighted GPA: 3.8810
ELC (top 9%): No

Comments about course load (including senior year):

SAT (total and sections): 1210 overall, 590R and 610M
ACT (total and sections): 22 overall (yikes, definitely didn’t aid my application haha)
SAT Subject Tests (if any): Math II (520) Physics (570)

AP exams (scores in parentheses): AP English Language (3), AP World History (4), AP Computer Science Principles (5), AP English Literature (3), AP US History (3), AP Computer Science A (2, whoops), AP Government and Politics (TBD), AP Macroeconomics (TBD), AP Physics 1 (TBD)

IB exams (score in parentheses): N/A
Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): N/A

Subjective:

For the following, indicate level of recognition or award (e.g. local, state, national, international) and/or leadership roles:
Extracurriculars: It was about average, I definitely didn’t have any extra involvement in extracurriculars as opposed to others.
Job/Work Experience: None at the moment
Volunteer/Community service: Just meeting graduation requirements, nothing special compared to others.
Summer Activities: N/A

Personal Insight essays (details):
Wrote about the hardships I experienced, how I overcame them, why I would be a great part of the UC system, and my most memorable volunteer opportunities.

Demographics

State (if domestic applicant): CA, in county but not considered local
High school type: Public semester-based school

Gender: M

Applied for need-based financial aid?: Y
Pell grant eligible?: Y
Maximum Pell grant (FAFSA EFC = $0)?: N/A

Highest level of parent education: High School
Living with both, one, or no parents?: Both

Reflection:

Strengths: I believe my personal insight questions set me apart from other applicants. I revised them for months and have had numerous parties review and give me feedback since I personally believe I lack in academics and extracurriculars as opposed to most other applicants.
Weaknesses: Purely my academic record alongside my test scores. A 3.88 cumulative is not bad at all, however, when considering a college system like the UC, it is definitely sub-par although I think it isn’t too bad considering UCR’s statistics in the past.
Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Personal insights for sure.
Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: I’ve only been accepted to CSUF and waitlisted to CSULB. Awaiting decisions from the following colleges: CPP, SDSU, UCI, UCSD

Decision: Admitted
Merit scholarships awarded (if any): None

Major (and division if applicable) applied to: Microbiology

Academic stats:

UC Capped Weighted GPA: 3.39
UC Fully Weighted GPA: 3.64

Comments about course load (including senior year):
SAT (total and sections): 1380
AP exams (scores in parentheses): AP Psych (3), AP Lang (5)

Subjective:

For the following, indicate level of recognition or award (e.g. local, state, national, international) and/or leadership roles:
Extracurriculars: Extremely good, did a lot of community service and public advocacy, and 5 internships in biotech
Job/Work Experience:
Volunteer/Community service: A LOT!!! Especially with a select few non-profits, who I stayed with throughout high school
Summer Activities: A lot of internships and extra classes

Personal Insight essays (details): Wrote about adversity, faith, entrepreneurial initiative, and volunteerism

Demographics

State (if domestic applicant): CA
Country (if international applicant):
High school type: Private

Gender:

Applied for need-based financial aid?: Yes
Pell grant eligible?: No
Maximum Pell grant (FAFSA EFC = $0)?:

Highest level of parent education: Master’s degree
Living with both, one, or no parents?: Both

Reflection

Strengths: My essays and extracurriculars FOR SURE! My essays still make me cry every time I read them, because they are so personal and so ME. I also had a strong upward trend in grades
Weaknesses: Grades
Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: I think I showed a lot of passion for my interest in major in my essays and extracurriculars and showed a strong will to succeed in my future career. Also, I struggled through a lot of hardships in high school and showed how I worked to overcome them in my essay and in my upward grade trend.
Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: rejected by Pepperdine, still waiting on other schools
General Comments: Be yourself, and have faith in the process! You will get in wherever you are meant to get in

[aB][asize=4][acolor=#008000]Decision: Admitted[/color][/size]**

Merit scholarships awarded (if any): $13,500 per year for a total of four years ($54,000)

Major (and division if applicable) applied to: Mathematics in the College of Natural and Agricultural Science

Academic stats:

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UC Unweighted GPA: 3.96
UC Fully Weighted GPA: 4.51

Comments about course load (including senior year): increasing AP courses every year
SAT (total and sections): 1420 (670+750)
AP exams (scores in parentheses): AP HUG (4) AP Stats (5) AP CAL BC (5) AP Studio Art (4) AP Chinese (5)

Subjective:

For the following, indicate level of recognition or award (e.g. local, state, national, international) and/or leadership roles:
Extracurriculars: 2 clubs’ presidents
Job/Work Experience: internship in an IT company during the summer
Volunteer/Community service: volunteered in an nonprofit for 2 years
Summer Activities: NYU Pre-college

Personal Insight essays (details): relationship with math; summer volunteer; story about my club (leadership); taking advantage of my school’s business program

Demographics

State (if domestic applicant):
Country (if international applicant): China
High school type: private school in California

Gender: Female

Applied for need-based financial aid?: NAHH
Pell grant eligible?: NAHH
Maximum Pell grant (FAFSA EFC = $0)?: NAHH

Highest level of parent education: MBA
Living with both, one, or no parents?: One parent

Reflection

Strengths: lots of AP and EC
Weaknesses: international students (out-of-state tuition) (no sat2)
Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: SAT above average
Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: ACCEPTED TO: Fordham($12500 scholarship per year), Tulane, Pepperdine, UCSC, Rutgers, Case Western, Ohio State, WPI ($17000 scholarship per year); DEFERED: Northeastern

General Comments:
finger crossed for other schools… :slight_smile:
wish for everybody to get in to your dream school

Decision: Admitted

Merit scholarships awarded (if any):

Major (and division if applicable) applied to: Computer Science BS + MS

Academic stats:

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UC Unweighted GPA: 3.67
UC Capped Weighted GPA: 4.10
UC Fully Weighted GPA: 4.32
ELC (top 9%): Yeah

Comments about course load (including senior year): 4 AP Junior, 6 Senior
SAT (total and sections): 1540, 790 Math, 760 English
ACT (total and sections): 34, 36 English, 31 Math, 34 Science, 35 Reading
SAT Subject Tests (if any): 780 Math II, 700 World History
AP exams (scores in parentheses): AP World (4), AP Comp Sci principles (5), AP Lang and Comp (5)

Subjective:

For the following, indicate level of recognition or award (e.g. local, state, national, international) and/or leadership roles:
Extracurriculars: Co-Captain of Local Club Volleyball team, ASB Student Representative
Job/Work Experience: 2 Data Science internships, 2 jobs in teaching.
Volunteer/Community service: 100 hours in teaching

Personal Insight essays (details): One on art (website design), one on data science/ Comp Sci, One on Teaching as leadership, and one on what my 10 moves around the world have taught me.

Demographics

State: California
High school type: Public

Gender: Male

Applied for need-based financial aid?: No
Pell grant eligible?: No

Highest level of parent education: Masters
Living with both, one, or no parents?: Both

Reflection

Strengths: Essays, Tests, Extracurriculars.
Weaknesses: GPA
Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Essays, Tests, Extracurriculars.
Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly Pomona.

Waiting on: UCI, UCSD, UCLA, UCSB.

General Comments: Gang gang, baby.

Admit

Merit scholarships awarded (if any): Don’t Know

Major (and division if applicable) applied to: Material Science & Engineering

UC Unweighted GPA: 3.50
UC Capped Weighted GPA: 3.59
UC Fully Weighted GPA: 3.59
ELC (top 9%): No

Comments about course load (including senior year): 3 AP in Senior year, AP Environmental Science, AP Calculus AB, AP Art History. 1 Honor in Junior year, Honor physics
SAT (total and sections): 560 Reading 710 Math 1270 total
ACT (total and sections): 24
SAT Subject Tests (if any): NO
AP exams (scores in parentheses): AP Chinese 5
IB exams (score in parentheses): No
Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): Autodesk Inventor International Certification

Subjective:

For the following, indicate level of recognition or award (e.g. local, state, national, international) and/or leadership roles: Mentor for ELD Students ( 1 Year)
Extracurriculars: 1. Went to community college for a building program
2. 100 hours for volunteer
3. Robotic Team ( 2 year)
4. Chinese Club
Job/Work Experience: No
Volunteer/Community service: 100 hours
Summer Activities: Several summer classes

Personal Insight essays (details): How much I love 3D-Design
How did I distract myself from the death of my grandma - reading Chinese Literature
How did I used engineering to distract my love to a girl ( That’s the weirdest essay I ever wrote, probably that helped me)
How much perseverance I had as an English Learner

Letters of recommendation/Augmented Review: No

Demographics

State (if domestic applicant): CA
Country (if international applicant): USA
High school type: Extremely large public school probably 10000 of them

Gender: Male

Applied for need-based financial aid?: yes
Pell grant eligible?: yes
Maximum Pell grant (FAFSA EFC = $0)?: not telling ya

Highest level of parent education: middle school
Living with both, one, or no parents?: one parent

Reflection

Strengths: Writer. Read quora frequently
Weaknesses: Yes gpa sat ecs lack of honor ap classes
Why you think you were accepted: Throughout my essay, I talked about how much my father influenced me. How did I distract from immature love to true calling. I also talked about the brillant Chinese culture ( Diversity might saved me )
Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Accepted to sfsu sjsu
waiting for the rest of uc, sdsu, slo

General Comments: Good luck gentlemen and ladies. Trust me, four essays might flip you over

UC Unweighted GPA: 3.7
UC Capped Weighted GPA: 4.04
UC Fully Weighted GPA: 4.2
ELC (top 9%): yes

Comments about course load (including senior year): Pretty rigorous, AP euro (4), AP Calc AB (3), AP Psych (5), AP Environmental
Senior Year: AP stats, AP government, AP Literature, yearbook
SAT (total and sections): 1340
Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):
Scholar Athlete
All academic athletic award

For the following, indicate level of recognition or award (e.g. local, state, national, international) and/or leadership roles: Captain of track team, coach of youth soccer team
Extracurriculars: varsity soccer freshman/sophomore year, varsity track freshman-senior year (captain junior/senior year)
Job/Work Experience: Two part time jobs, ~35 hrs/week
Volunteer/Community service: Hospice worker, teaching Chinese immigrants english
Summer Activities:
Teaching Chinese immigrants english
Personal Insight essays (details):

  1. my brothers battle with drug addiction and the affect it has had on our family and working with him helped me learn compassion
  2. greatest skill being hardworking by balancing sports, school, work, and family issues
  3. my work in the Jewish community and raising awareness
  4. my love for languages and the doors being multilingual opens

Demographics

State (if domestic applicant): CA in state
Country (if international applicant):
High school type:
Public
Gender: female

Highest level of parent education:
Living with both, one, or no parents?: both masters

Reflection

Strengths: My essays and extracurriculars
Weaknesses: my sat and gpa
Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: my extracurriculars show my entire life and everything I do
Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: accepted: Cal State Humboldt, Long Beach, Chico
Waiting for other Ucs to come out

Accepted !!!3.43 uw 3.65 weighted(UC GPA) - my overal is a 3.5 weighted
ELC (top 9%):no
1310 sat(710 math 600 reading)
-5 extra curricular(3 officer positions)
in state
essays were decent tried to be unique
Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: accepted:
Accepted: Rutgers NB, Penn State,Upitt, Indiana u, u Oregon,Asu, Fordham U,SJSU, CPP
Waitlisted:UIUC
Rejected:Purdue:(
Waiting for other Ucs: davis, Irvine,sb,sd,sc
Demographics

State (if domestic applicant): CA in state
Country (if international applicant):
High school type:
Public
Gender: Indian asian male
Major: Applied Statistics

Accepted
Major : Computer Engineering
White/Female
In-State from public high school

GPA 4.08 W
SAT 1270
SAT Essay 14

Essays: Low-income circumstances, Family circumstances, volunteer work in computer science, my job working with kids(leadership)

Other acceptances: SDSU
Waiting to hear: Fullerton, UCSB, UCLA, UCSD, UCI, Cal Poly SLO

I was accepted on March 2nd and I had to check the portal, they didnt send out an email or anything special

Decision: Admitted

Merit scholarships awarded (if any): N/A

Major (and division if applicable) applied to: Gender and Sexuality Studies, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Academic stats:

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UC Unweighted GPA: 3.49
UC Capped Weighted GPA: 3.55
UC Fully Weighted GPA: 3.55
ELC (top 9%): N/A

Comments about course load (including senior year):
SAT (total and sections): 580 English, 530 Math, 1110 total
ACT (total and sections): N/A
SAT Subject Tests (if any): N/A
AP exams (scores in parentheses): AP Euro History: 4
IB exams (score in parentheses): N/A
Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): Just the standard. Honor Roll

Subjective:

For the following, indicate level of recognition or award (e.g. local, state, national, international) and/or leadership roles:
Extracurriculars: Gender Sexuality Alliance leader. President, Vice President, and Secretary of NoH8 GSA. Animation Club Treasurer. Art Club Treasurer and Most Dedicated Member of Freshman (2016) year.
Job/Work Experience: N/A
Volunteer/Community service: Temple community service
Summer Activities: Just Gov and Econ and Health.

Personal Insight essays (details): I talked about my role in the club as a President. How I sold 265 dollars worth of necklaces and made a cookie decorating contest and an interactive display for Coming Out Day.
Letters of recommendation/Augmented Review: Pretty good! Had a community college counselor edit them with me. Also had a friend from UCR edit them.

Demographics

State (if domestic applicant): California
Country (if international applicant): USA
High school type: Public

Gender: Nonbinary/AFAB

Applied for need-based financial aid?: N/A
Pell grant eligible?:
Maximum Pell grant (FAFSA EFC = $0)?:

Highest level of parent education: High school, first generation college student, second generation immigrant
Living with both, one, or no parents?: Both parents.

Reflection

Strengths: Definitely the essays.
Weaknesses: My grades.
Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Accepted because of my essays pertaining to my Gender Sexuality Alliance leadership, which ties into my major perfectly.
Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Applied to UCI and UCLA.

Decision: Admitted

Merit scholarships awarded (if any): I do not know

Major (and division if applicable) applied to: Bioengineering (accepted into major)

Academic stats:

Unweighted GPA: 3.2/3.3
UC Capped Weighted GPA: ~3.6
UC Fully Weighted GPA: do not know
ELC (top 9%): no, top 30%

Comments about course load (including senior year): I took three AP classes: AP Human Geography- Freshman, AP World History- Sophomore, and AP Spanish Lang- Sophomore. Junior and senior year consisted of IB classes.
Junior: IB Biology SL, IB English HL, IB Film HL, IB Spanish SL, IB History HL, Honors Advanced math, and IB Theory of Knowledge.
Senior: IB Biology SL, IB English HL, IB Film HL, IB History HL, IB Math SL, service period, and IB Theory of Knowledge.
SAT (total and sections): 1250. English: 590 Math: 660
ACT (total and sections): 28. Science: 30, Math: 26,
SAT Subject Tests (if any): World History: 670
AP exams (scores in parentheses): AP HuG (3), AP World History (4), AP Spanish Lang (5), AP Physics (taking this year), and AP Calc AB (taking this year).
IB exams (score in parentheses): IB Spanish- 6. Taking the rest this year in May.
Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): None

Subjective:

For the following, indicate level of recognition or award (e.g. local, state, national, international) and/or leadership roles: Normal High School Honor Roll and Collegeboard AP Scholar.
Extracurriculars: Rainbow loom (hobby), Cross Country, Track & Field (10th and 12th grade), Leisure Classical Vocalist (from 10th-12th grade I sang classical music, including opera, as a hobby but did join my school’s newly created music club in 12th grade)
Job/Work Experience: N/A
Volunteer/Community service: none when applied but now volunteer at a hospital.
Summer Activities: N/A

Personal Insight essays (details): Talked about Rainbow Loom for creativity (I have a YouTube channel and IG for it), dedication to improvement and used classical music singing as an example because I initially struggled with pronunciation, joining the IB Program, and the negative impact being born with microphthalmia (blind in one eye) had on my academic performance.
Letters of recommendation/Augmented Review: My LOR’s were good but I was unable to submit them to UC’s.

Demographics

State (if domestic applicant): CA
Country (if international applicant):
High school type: Public Magnet

Gender: Hispanic with European descent female

Applied for need-based financial aid?: Yes
Pell grant eligible?: No
Maximum Pell grant (FAFSA EFC = $0)?: ~10,000

Highest level of parent education: secondary school in Mexico (aka called middle school in the US)
Living with both, one, or no parents?: Both

Reflection

Strengths: IB Program, Low-income background, First-generation, some of my essays.
Weaknesses: GPA, volunteer service
Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected:
Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: UC Merced, University of the Pacific, Mount Saint Mary’s.
Waiting on Haverford C, Wake Forest U, Smith C, Bryn Mawr C. Middlebury C, Case Western Reserve U, Connecticut C, Mount Holyoke C, UC Irvine, UC Davis, and Cal Poly.

Decision: Admitted

Merit scholarships awarded (if any): Regents’ Scholarship

Major (and division if applicable) applied to: Materials Science and Engineering

Academic stats:

UC Unweighted GPA: 3.79
UC Capped Weighted GPA: 4.03
UC Fully Weighted GPA: 4.42
ELC (top 9%): Yes

Comments about course load (including senior year): Lot of sciences (like six years’ worth; I just really like science). Lots of APs and IBs but not a full IB diploma candidate (TOK interfered with my orchestra practices and I didn’t want to give up orchestra). I took the advanced classes I was interested in, not the classes that would give me the grade boost. In the end I’m happy with that.
SAT (total and sections): Total 1390, Reading/Writing 710, Math 680
ACT (total and sections): Total 34, ELA 36, Math 30, Reading 36, Science 34, Writing 12
SAT Subject Tests (if any): Chem 630, Math 2 650 (yeah it wasn’t a fun time)
AP exams (scores in parentheses): Human Geo (5), Psych (5), Euro (5), English Lang (5), Calc AB (4), Chem (2) it was a disastrous year let’s just say that
IB exams (score in parentheses): none taken yet
Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): none but I did contribute to winning an orchestra competition and I mentioned that in one of my essays. also some AP Scholar awards I mentioned

Subjective:

Extracurriculars: Science Olympiad, Link Crew, local student orchestra (principal violin 2), violin, piano, NHS, CSF
Volunteer/Community service: playing music at retirement homes, VBS leader at local church
Summer Activities: does orchestra practice count lol

Demographics

State (if domestic applicant): CA
High School: Public
Gender: Nonbinary
I am also Filipino.

Reflection

Why you think you were accepted: I think my academics were strong overall, and I did my best to show all facets of myself and be genuine in the essays. Maybe they thought I was well-rounded because I was involved in academics and a grab bag of extracurriculars. Who knows?
Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Rejected Caltech ED. Waiting for my other schools’ decisions now (UCI, UCLA, UCSD, UCD, Stanford)

Accepted today!
GPA: 3.87
Major: Anthropology
Extracurriculars: I was a supplemental instruction leader for two anthropology courses for over a year
Applied to: UCSC (accepted), UCLA, UCSD, UCSB, UCI, and UCB.

Decision: Admitted

Merit scholarships awarded (if any): Regent’s $10k

Major (and division if applicable) applied to: Computer Science

Academic stats:

UC Unweighted GPA: 4.00
UC Capped Weighted GPA: 4.32
UC Fully Weighted GPA: 4.5
ELC (top 9%): Yes

Comments about course load (including senior year):
Courseload was fairly tedious for my school, but not too crazy. I did get straight A’s junior year though which is not too common considering I took some of the harder classes at my school like AP Chem and APUSH
ACT (total and sections): 35, Math: 36, Sci: 36, Read: 35, Eng: 34
SAT Subject Tests (if any): Math II: 790, Chem: 800
AP exams (scores in parentheses): CS A (5), Calc AB (5), Chem (5), APUSH (3)

Subjective:

For the following, indicate level of recognition or award (e.g. local, state, national, international) and/or leadership roles:
Extracurriculars: only listing main things:

  • marching band section leader and soloist for 11th/12th
  • Eagle scout
  • Officer of 2 clubs
    Job/Work Experience: Paid intern at a tech company, made a really cool project that was shown to various clients of the company
    Volunteer/Community service: eagle scout stuff mainly
    Summer Activities: internship

Personal insight essay topics:

  • My internship and why I liked CS, wrote about my dad cause he does CS
  • Developed greatest skill wrote about leadership and how as marching band section leader it was a skill I gained over time rather than being an instant thing. Tried to show personal growth
  • making community a better place wrote about eagle scout project where I made hygiene kits for the homeless
  • hardest challenge I wrote about how I had a friend who was getting into drugs so I was pulled in two directions but decided to overcome that and leave him as a friend. This was also why I got some B’s freshman year

Demographics

State (if domestic applicant): California
High school type: VERY competitive

Gender: Male
Race/ethnicity: Asian

Applied for need-based financial aid?: Yes

Highest level of parent education: Masters
Living with both, one, or no parents?: both
Relation to alumni of college: None

Reflection

Strengths: GPA/ACT
Weaknesses: My extracurriculars are kinda too well rounded I think, stopped me from being as CS focused as some kids are. Also got some B’s freshman year but 4.0 since then so it might show growth but they were still B’s.
Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Probably GPA/ACT

Decision: Admitted

Merit scholarships awarded (if any): none yet

Major (and division if applicable) applied to: Computer Science

Academic stats:

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UC Unweighted GPA: 3.91
UC Capped Weighted GPA: 4.30
UC Fully Weighted GPA: 4.26
ELC (top 9%): yes

Comments about course load (including senior year):
SAT (total and sections): 1460- 740 (Math), 720 (EBRW)
ACT (total and sections): N/A
SAT Subject Tests (if any): Math II, Literature, Spanish (not great scores)
AP exams (scores in parentheses):
10th grade: Biology (3), Euro (2)
11th grade: Macro (4), Spanish (5), Lang (4), Psych (4)
12th grade: CompSci, Calc AB, Physics C: Mech
IB exams (score in parentheses): N/A
Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):

Subjective:

For the following, indicate level of recognition or award (e.g. local, state, national, international) and/or leadership roles: AP Scholar with Distinction, 1st place in regional Bible Quiz 2018, 1st place in regional Bible quiz 2020, 2nd place in regional Bible Quiz 2019, Semi finalist in National Bible Quiz 2019
Extracurriculars: Choir, Band
Job/Work Experience: McDonald’s since June 2019
Volunteer/Community service: 500+ hours at church and hospital
Summer Activities: Volunteer camp counselor

Personal Insight essays (details):
8/10, wrote about living overseas as a child and my cultural awareness, extensive volunteer work, hardship of not having available AP classes since I’m homeschooled, and my greatest strength
Letters of recommendation/Augmented Review: N/A

Demographics

State (if domestic applicant):
Country (if international applicant):
High school type: Home School taking online classes

Gender: Female

Applied for need-based financial aid?: Yes
Pell grant eligible?: No
Maximum Pell grant (FAFSA EFC = $0)?: N/A

Highest level of parent education: Bachelor’s
Living with both, one, or no parents?: Both

Reflection

Strengths: SAT, essays
Weaknesses: GPA
Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: strong test scores, essays, holistic
Accepted: Azusa Pacific, Cal Baptist, Cal State San Bernardino
Rejected: UCLA

DS accepted today just after 1pm. He was first Creative Writing major I’ve seen accepted. Excited.

Stats 3.7 GPA / 1270 SAT / AP’s (6)
In-state.