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Chance a CA student for L&S at UC Berkeley

cjd114cjd114 23 replies5 threads Junior Member
UC Unweighted GPA: 3.96

UC Capped Weighted GPA: 4.29

UC Fully Weighted GPA: 4.29

Eligibility in Local Context?: yes

Rank, percentile rank, or percentile range (if available): school doesnt rank

Comments about course load (including senior year): AP Stats AP Lit AP gov and AP macro along with physics and precalc

SAT (total and sections): 1420 (Retaking in October and hoping for 1500+)

ACT (total and sections): n/a

SAT Subject Tests (if any): n/a

AP exams (scores in parentheses): APUSH (5) AP2D (4)

IB exams (score in parentheses): N/A

Major Awards: Honorable mention (top 30 player in section) for Lacrosse in my section

Invited to Best in the West lacrosse (top 80 players on west coast of USA and Canada invited)

Golden whistle (Lifeguard of the year out of 400 workers)


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

Extracurriculars: High School Lacrosse (JV freshman year and pulled up to varsity Sophomore year and made captain Junior year) 12hrs a week

Club Lacrosse (Sophomore and Junior fall and summer, captain both years) 8hr a week 9-12 grade

Writing club (Officer) 11th grade

Assistant lacrosse coach of local team (10 hrs a week fall and spring) 10-12

California Scholarship Federation (Basically california's Honors society)

Painter (wet on wet style (Bob Ross style))

Statistical Analyst for CSU Sacramento College of Health and Human services (volunteer) (Student Research Assistant) 2hrs a week

Rock climbing


Job/Work Experience: Lifeguard in summer of Junior and sophomore years(over 600 hours worked)

Volunteer/Community service: csf work and lacrosse coach

Summer Activities: Nominated, invited, and attended Best in the West Lacrosse showcase (Top 80 players in each class from West coast attend)

Essays (topics, details):

gonna write about my leadership with becoming a captain after all our previous captains graduated along with our best players

about the educational barrier of ADHD and how i overcame it by finding the ability to hyperfocus and use other coping methods

dealing with my mom's diagnosis of stage 3 cancer late in my sophomore year all the way till now.

about my determination and how I quickly became really good at lacrosse even after starting really late (Freshman year) when most start playing in 5th grade

Letters of recommendation: math teacher that I would see every lunch for a few months straight just to get an A in her class (hardest math teacher at our school) and my English teacher who liked me.


State (if domestic applicant): CA

High school type: Public

Gender: Male

Race/ethnicity: White

Highest level of parent education: PHD

Living with both, one, or no parents?: both

Relation to alumni of college: grandfather attended and gave around 100k to the school over the years

Family income: about 350k
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  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 4184 replies92 threads Senior Member
    The GPA, assuming it is correct, is in the last 5% of the range of those who get accepted, plus your SAT is also lower than the 1460 median. The odds aren't very good, but you never know, you seem to have a lot of good extracurriculars.
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  • svlab112svlab112 652 replies7 threads Member
    You can check out the UC GPA of accepted students from your through the UC Info Center. This might put your GPA in context with your peers

    My son was accepted with a 3.88 uw and 35 act. His GPA still put him in top 10% of his class. He had very routine ECs and volunteering. His essays focused on his positive traits and how he was actively engaged in HS campus activities.
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  • cjd114cjd114 23 replies5 threads Junior Member
    I thought 4.29 was the 25th percentile @ProfessorPlum168 ? And I’m gonna get the Sat up to atleast 1460 but I’m grinding for a 1500+
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  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 4184 replies92 threads Senior Member
    Hmmm did you edit the original post? Maybe I got mixed up with some other thread. Sorry about that. You probably are fine, if you are applying for L&S. If you are applying for CoE or CoC, you probably need to raise the SAT somewhat since it is below the median.
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  • GumbymomGumbymom Forum Champion UC 29743 replies310 threads Forum Champion
    edited September 2019
    Some UC Statical Data below. 2019 Admit data not yet available but GPA ranges and SAT ranges are updated 2019 data from the UC website.

    2018 Freshman admit rates for UC GPA of 4.20 or above capped weighted and not major specific: UCB: 37%

    Fully weighted range: 4.00-4.44

    2019 UC capped weighted GPA averages: UCB: 4.23

    2019 Data:
    25th - 75th percentiles for SAT totals: UCB: 1340-1540

    There seems to be a typo on the UCB website indicating a Weighted GPA range of 4.29-4.00 which does not make sense for the Middle 50%.
    edited September 2019
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  • cjd114cjd114 23 replies5 threads Junior Member
    Yeah I saw that typo too. @Gumbymom thanks for the input!
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  • cjd114cjd114 23 replies5 threads Junior Member
    @ProfessorPlum168 yeah I’m going to apply L&S since I’m more of a social science guy than a chemist or engineer kind of guy
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