Merit scholarships awarded (if any): N/A
Major (and division if applicable) applied to: Data Science, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
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UC Unweighted GPA: 4.0
UC Capped Weighted GPA: 4.25
UC Fully Weighted GPA: 4.25
ELC (top 9%): yes
Comments about course load (including senior year): Total of 7 APs but only submitted 2 AP scores. I also took band every year. My school didn’t offer honors classes, so you either had to go with the full rigor of an AP class or take the normal base level class.
SAT (total and sections): 1430 (690 English, 740 Math, 6/4/6 Essay)
ACT (total and sections): N/A
SAT Subject Tests (if any): Math Level 2 (690), Literature (660) (It was a pretty rough ride there)
AP exams (scores in parentheses): AP Lang (4), APUSH (3)
IB exams (score in parentheses): N/A
Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): none major, won a few minor ones within some of my extracurriculars
For the following, indicate level of recognition or award (e.g. local, state, national, international) and/or leadership roles: 1st chair clarinet in band, junior instructor at my martial arts school. Won awards for outstanding performance in band and outstanding leadership in karate
Extracurriculars: Band (4 years), Karate (4 years), Robotics (2 years), Physics Club (1 year), Newspaper (1 year, I helped to restart the school’s newspaper in my senior year since it had gone without one for awhile)
Job/Work Experience: Snowman Hot Chocolate at San Jose’s Christmas in the Park Event
Volunteer/Community service: I volunteered regularly at my local library for a little bit and I did my school’s CSF club.
Summer Activities: N/A (although some of my ECs required over the summer commitments)
Personal insight essay topics:
Prompt 1: Leadership in karate and helping troublesome kids become more disciplined
Prompt 2: Creativity by folding origami and using my creations in life.
Prompt 3: Skills developed in clarinet playing/music and how I used this knowledge outside of band.
Prompt 8: Probably a somewhat abnormal topic, learning about the environment around me and how I tend to research random things that I notice when I’m just walking around in different places
Letters of recommendation/Augmented Review: N/A
State (if domestic applicant): CA (San Jose/Bay Area)
Country (if international applicant):
High school type: Public
Race/ethnicity: Asian (Vietnamese and Chinese)
Applied for need-based financial aid?: Yes
Highest level of parent education: Bachelor’s
Living with both, one, or no parents?: Both
Relation to alumni of college: none
Strengths: Essays were true to me, GPA and SAT fairly strong
Weaknesses: Subject tests, Not many ECs related to my major
Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Stats to some extent, but essays most likely had a key role since others with higher stats have been rejected
Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected:
Accepted: NAU, UH Manoa, Colorado School of Mines, SJSU, SDSU (honors), CPP, CPSLO, UCR, UCSC, UCD, UCI, SCU
Waitlisted: UCSD, UCSB, UCLA (Shocked, expected rejection)
Waiting on: Berkeley, USC, Cornell, UPenn
General Comments: Many of the kids at my school have gotten some odd results, college admissions really are kind of crazy and unpredictable. Academics are important but make sure you put effort into ECs and essays so your character and personality can still shine through on your applications. Ultimately, college is what you make of it and you aren’t defined by where you go, so if things don’t seem to be going your way don’t let the admissions process discourage you!