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Hey Bears!

fouxdufafafouxdufafa Registered User Posts: 84 Junior Member
edited May 2008 in UC Transfers
Hello and congrats to all the new Berkeley admits! So, I hope to transfer to Berkeley myself in a couple of years as a polisci major.

Besides completing pre-reqs and maintaining a high GPA, what did you do that got you into Berkeley ?

You have no idea how much I'd appreciate your advice!

Thanks.
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  • thetrumpet070thetrumpet070 Registered User Posts: 387 Member
    3.67 Poli Sci, EC's were pretty poor, I helped at an elementary school afterschool program like once a week (though I may have exaggerated a bit in the application ;)) and I also helped maintain the sporting facilities at the highschool I went too, just basic stuff like mowing lawn, cleaning up trash, building an occasional fence. I wasn't in any clubs, no honors, no TAP. I did have a damn good personal statement though, I think that plays a slightly bigger role than your EC's do. Now that I look at it though I think I was pretty lucky in getting in, you should definitely do more than I did.
  • fouxdufafafouxdufafa Registered User Posts: 84 Junior Member
    congrats trumpet....you mentioned something about TAP....I thought that was just for UCLA, Berkeley has a TAP too??
  • simmonyangsimmonyang Registered User Posts: 39 Junior Member
    i dont think so
  • Thedude44Thedude44 Registered User Posts: 1,238 Senior Member
    ECs in my opinion are pretty important. Try to get a leadership position in your students gov.
  • fouxdufafafouxdufafa Registered User Posts: 84 Junior Member
    I was wondering, how much do they look at HS GPA? I have like a 3.8 W, 3.3 UW GPA and I'm afraid it might hold me back.
  • krnnoodleskrnnoodles Registered User Posts: 403 Member
    i dont think they look at HS gpas for transfers
  • Thedude44Thedude44 Registered User Posts: 1,238 Senior Member
    High school GPA is not I repeat is not a factor in UC transfer admissions at all.
  • chickadee2586chickadee2586 Registered User Posts: 155 Junior Member
    They don't look at your high school gpa at all. I came out of high school with about a 2.5 and applied to Cal as a polisci major with a 3.67 from my cc. My ecs were practically nonexistent but I have been working part time since I was 16. I think my essays were pretty good (I don't really know, I was the only person that read my essays). I got in, but it was a reach school for me. I'd say do a few ecs, focus on your gpa and write a killer essay. Make sure you have someone read your essays. I took a big risk not having anyone check mine.
  • thetrumpet070thetrumpet070 Registered User Posts: 387 Member
    Ohh sorry, yeah TAP is just for UCLA.
  • fouxdufafafouxdufafa Registered User Posts: 84 Junior Member
    yay! no hs GPA! in that case I assume they don't look at SATs either, right? I was less than thrilled to learn that some schools take them into consideration for transfers.
  • chickadee2586chickadee2586 Registered User Posts: 155 Junior Member
    No SATs either. You do have to submit hs transcripts after you're accepted but I'm not really sure why.
  • krnnoodleskrnnoodles Registered User Posts: 403 Member
    i didnt know that.... but now that u mention it, probably for those who took two years of a foreign language??
  • chickadee2586chickadee2586 Registered User Posts: 155 Junior Member
    Well, to transfer they want three years in the same language in high school or a semester of college Spanish. I think. I didn't fulfill it in hs and they still want my transcripts.
  • fouxdufafafouxdufafa Registered User Posts: 84 Junior Member
    bump.

    anyone else with advice??
  • dvrjoshdvrjosh Registered User Posts: 89 Junior Member
    If you can get involved with the honor society's leadership, I think that is even better than student gov'nt. I'm biased, but I had PTK President on my app and I got into Haas. So, it doesn't hurt.
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