Welcome to College Confidential!

The leading college-bound community on the web

Sign Up For Free

Join for FREE, and start talking with other members, weighing in on community discussions, and more.

Also, by registering and logging in you'll see fewer ads and pesky welcome messages (like this one!)

As a CC member, you can:

  • Reply to threads, and start your own.
  • Post reviews of your campus visits.
  • Find hundreds of pages of informative articles.
  • Search from over 3 million scholarships.
Please take a moment to read our updated TOS, Privacy Policy, and Forum Rules.

Picking more than one major?

aaaa993aaaa993 Registered User Posts: 103 Junior Member
edited November 2012 in UC Transfers
If I pick an alternate major does that affect my chances of getting accepted into my first choice?

I mean if my first choice is more impacted would they just put me in my alternate, less impacted major in favor of someone who only put down the major that is my first choice?
Post edited by aaaa993 on

Replies to: Picking more than one major?

  • dscott30dscott30 Registered User Posts: 57 Junior Member
    It means if you Get denied acceptance into your first choice major they'll then look into the possibility of getting you into youryour alternative major, which you might end up getting rejecting from as well
  • aaaa993aaaa993 Registered User Posts: 103 Junior Member
    Does choosing a second choice affect the chances of getting the first choice?

    Is it possible to be accepted into both?
  • dilapidatedminddilapidatedmind Registered User Posts: 808 Member
    To both of the above questions the answer is NO. Choosing an alternate has no effect on your first choice major and you cannot be admitted into "both" majors. As previously stated, an alternate only comes into play when you're rejected from your first choice. You're admitted into only one major (even if you intend to double major later on) at all of the UCs except Berkeley College of L&S where you're admitted to the school and have to declare your major upon enrollment.
  • aaaa993aaaa993 Registered User Posts: 103 Junior Member
    That makes sense, thanks for clearing everything up.

    It seems like they don't always consider your alternate major? Or at least UCLA doesn't?

    UCLA says:

    "In general, applicants are not considered for admission to alternate majors."
  • dilapidatedminddilapidatedmind Registered User Posts: 808 Member
    Berkeley doesn't allow you to select an alternate major and UCLA will allow you to select one, but most of the time you're only evaluated for it if you've completed TAP. All the other UCs, generally will review your alternate major if you've been rejected from your first choice.
  • aaaa993aaaa993 Registered User Posts: 103 Junior Member
    Thanks for answering that.

    How does UCLA compare with UCSD? Anything you like more or less at each of them? I know both are great.
  • HopingToXferHopingToXfer Registered User Posts: 678 Member
    You get Triton eye at UCSD :)
  • dilapidatedminddilapidatedmind Registered User Posts: 808 Member
    They're really really different. I was only at UCLA for summer quarter before I went to UCSD for this Fall quarter, so I haven't been at either that long.

    They're very different culturally. UCLA feels like it has a lot more going on than UCSD. There are constantly events on campus: movie screenings, live bands, sports, etc that you can't miss so it feels like there's more going on. That's not to say that at UCSD there aren't things to do here, there are events practically every day at UCSD, you just have to look a little harder. Culturally, I prefer UCSD; I like the laid back atmosphere. I like that it's actually quiet on campus in November and that I can walk from Muir to the beach in 15 minutes and go surf (Black's beach/Scripps Beach > Santa Monica/Venice). UCSD is about 5 times larger than UCLA with about 6000 less students, so people are more spread out and it tends to be less hectic. Although around the central areas: Geisel Library, Price Center, Library Walk, etc during lunch and between classes it's as busy as any other campus.

    The one thing I really miss about UCLA though is the school spirit and sports. I'm a huge college football/basketball fan so not having any D1 teams here to go watch is pretty disappointing because that's something for me that I've always associated with the college experience. That said though, La Jolla compared to Westwood is a no brainer in my eyes. La Jolla is SO much nicer. Close to the beach, no insane traffic, and I live in a really nice apartment off campus, that if it were in Westwood, I know I wouldn't be able to afford. IMO, housing on and off campus is better at UCSD than UCLA.

    Regardless, the reason why I enrolled here was not because I didn't like UCLA it was actually because I got accepted into a fellowship program here at UCSD during the summer that pays about a third of my tuition along with a $1000/month stipend to work in a research lab. It was an opportunity I couldn't pass up. Currently, I'm working in a lab that investigates the proliferation of certain cancers and how tumors metastasize and attack blood vessels. I'm a Molecular Biology major and I'm so thankful I ended up here because UCSD's biology department is so influential, it's the biggest department on campus, and with that comes so many opportunities and resources that I think even surpasses the reputable life sciences department at UCLA. That and there are so many research opportunities on and off campus that it's a great environment for someone that wants to get into a research lab. There's not only UCSD, but a multitude of research facilities associated with or located near the school like UCSD School of Medicine, Sanford-Burnham, Scripps Institute, Sanford Consortium, etc that it's a really great place to be for someone interested in biology or medicine as a career. UCLA has a lot of great research opportunities as well, I know a big stat they throw around is how they get close to $1 billion/year in research funding. That said I think for someone with my major UCSD is a great place to be. UCLA is more rounded academically, so for someone studying in the humanities or social sciences I'm sure the opportunities at UCLA are more appealing.

    When I started typing this I didn't intend to write so much, but inevitably it happened. I could really go on and on about the two, but I'll cut it short after that lengthy page of text. If you have any other questions or if there's anything specifically you want to know just PM me.
  • jdom24jdom24 Registered User Posts: 622 Member
    You get Triton eye at UCSD

    No...Have you been to ucsd?
  • aaaa993aaaa993 Registered User Posts: 103 Junior Member
    Thanks for the detailed response dilapidatedmind, it really gives me a better idea about the schools.

    Seems like both are different but still excellent and you can't really go wrong with either.
This discussion has been closed.