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the "upward trend" and UC's

menos_el_osomenos_el_oso Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
For some reason, it seems like UC's would disregard an "upward trend" in their applicants. It seems as if they just look at this UC GPA and not your 10/11/12th grades separately.

How important do you guys think an upward trend is towards getting admitted to a UC?

(sophomore year: 3.0-ish ... junior year: 4.5-ish ... right now: near a 5.0)

Also, how important is the first semester of senior year towards your admission?

And can someone send me that UC Davis/UCSD chart that indicates if you would have enough "points" to get admitted?

Post edited by menos_el_oso on

Replies to: the "upward trend" and UC's

  • ucapplicant05ucapplicant05 Registered User Posts: 1,415 Senior Member
    They don't even consider senior year grades for admission purposes. The UC GPA only includes 10-11 A-G courses with a cap of 8 semesters of extra points for AP/Honors weight.
  • hopeful219hopeful219 Registered User Posts: 524 Member
    they don't really take your senior grades as consideration for your admission but they do want someone that continues to challenge themselves in their senior year conpared to a person that takes all regualr classes. UCSD and basically all UC's school are based on the points system. Based on your stats, you get some points and they have the cut off points, if you are below it then too bad, you don't make it. I can't really find the chart but i know this for a fact. Also the UC colleges do care for improvement, they'd rather take a person whose gpa increases over years than a person who starts off with a 5.0 and goes down with 4.0 (this is just an example).
    hope this helps!
  • ucapplicant05ucapplicant05 Registered User Posts: 1,415 Senior Member
    Well to be realistic, they would also want people that have maintained a high GPA over someone with improvement. I don't think all UCs have a point system, at least not publicized anyways.


    An upward trend by itself is certainly not enough to get you over the "border" of accept / not accept. It is possible however, if other qualities are outstanding and/or there's some sort of significant overcoming of hardship.
  • fermentedfermented Registered User Posts: 238 Junior Member
    what would count as personal growth? Improving your GPA from like C"S to A's or something?
  • willsmomwillsmom Registered User Posts: 160 Junior Member
    Here is the website for UCD, with an excerpt about what they are looking for in general. The web page includes a chart with the weights assigned to each category.


    <Application Criteria for Freshman Selection Process
    Applications from UC-eligible applicants are reviewed comprehensively using the following selection criteria:

    High school grade point average, capped at 4.5
    Required admissions exam scores (ACT Assessment plus Writing or SAT Reasoning Test (Critical Reading, Math, Writing), and two SAT Subject Tests from two different subject areas)
    Achieving UC Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC)
    Number of “a-g” courses beyond 35 semester units
    Individual initiative demonstrated by achieving eligibility in a low-performing school
    Membership in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
    Completion of academic preparation and enrichment programs
    First generation of university attendance
    Nontraditional university applicant
    Veteran/ROTC scholarship
    Demonstrated leadership promise
    One or more special (extraordinary) talents
    Demonstrated perseverance or persistence in unusually challenging personal circumstances
    Marked improvement in academic performance from 9th through 11th grade
    Having a significant disability
    We thoroughly and carefully review all UC-eligible applicants' records. A score is then determined by assigning points for these criteria and multiplying the points by weights as specified in the Selection Process Scoring System table below. Admission decisions are based on the ranking of applicants according to these scores. The highest-scoring applicants for each college/division are admitted based on the available spaces in the specific college/division. Admission spaces are unique for each college/division and may vary each year.>
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