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The Official UC Chance Thread

UCLAriUCLAri 14509 replies231 threads Senior Member
Please keep all "chance me" posts to this thread to help our site save on clutter.

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  • 8888888888888888 4206 replies260 threads Senior Member
    GPA - Weighted: 3.96 <-- UC GPA

    SAT I Math: 720
    SAT I Critical Reading: 600
    SAT I Writing: 720

    Total: 2040

    SAT II Math Level 2 (IIC): 800
    SAT II Chemistry: 740

    AP Statistics- 4
    AP U.S. History- 3

    12 grade Courses
    AP Government
    AP Macro/Micro Economics
    AP Spanish 4
    English 12CP
    Physics Honors
    Teacher's Aide

    President of Asian Club- 2 years
    4 years junior varsity badminton
    4 years key club with 150 hours of community service
    1 year of Leo's Club
    3 Years of Make A Wish Club
    4 Years CSF
    2 Years NHS

    Berkeley-Chemical Engineering
    Davis-Biomedical Engr
    Irvine-Biomedical Engr: Premed
    Los Angeles -Chemical Engineering
    Merced -Bioengineering
    Riverside-Computer Engineering
    San Diego-Pharmacological Chemistry
    Santa Barbara-Electrical Engineering
    Santa Cruz -Computer Engineering
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  • bartlebybartleby 1162 replies60 threads Senior Member
    Berkeley-Chemical Engineering - reach
    Davis-Biomedical Engr - match
    Irvine-Biomedical Engr: Premed - match
    Los Angeles -Chemical Engineering - reach
    Merced -Bioengineering -safety
    Riverside-Computer Engineering - safety
    San Diego-Pharmacological Chemistry - not sure - I'd say reach, but I'm guessing.
    Santa Barbara-Electrical Engineering - match
    Santa Cruz -Computer Engineering - safety
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  • yaycs11yaycs11 23 replies7 threads Junior Member
    White male, not very competitive public school in IL

    Hardest schedule possible
    UC GPA: 3.75
    Rank: 27/330ish
    ACT Composite: 32

    National Merit Commended.

    Potential Major: Linguistics

    CS Explorers post 4 years, president.
    Marching Band/Jazz Band/Wind Ensemble 4 years, principle chair/section leader.
    3 years German Club, Secretary.
    4 years academic team.
    Lead Group Member for a local fine arts festival I helped get off the ground.

    What are my chances for the UCs? I know I'm right out at Berkeley and LA, but what about Irvine/Santa Cruz/San Diego/Davis?
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  • UCLAriUCLAri 14509 replies231 threads Senior Member

    UCLA/UCB: Slight reach


    UCLA/UCB: Reach
    UCSD: Slight reach
    UCD/UCI/UCSB: Match
    UCSC: Safe match/safety
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  • XeN0cidEXeN0cidE 534 replies12 threads Member
    I already posted the same information in the UC Irvine section,as well as general chance thread, as I want to get into UCI the most But, I'm still interested in the other UC's. My intended major is Psychology, and probably Criminology if I get into UC Irvine because it's the only UC with it. I might consider Art History/ Art Appreciation as my major too, or a minor. Or psychology as my minor and Art History as my major, but I'm leaning towards psychology. I already know UCLA , UCSD. and Cal (UCB) are high, high, HIGH reaches, so I won't even mention them.

    Here's the information for the generic student who's stressing over college.
    UC GPA : 3.42

    SAT's :
    SAT Reasoning Test: 2020 ( 720 CR, 610 Math, 690 Writing (8 on essay))
    SAT II's : Physics (710), U.S. (640), SAT literature (650)

    Scores for the stupid ACT aren't out, but i predict to be at LEAST 30, at most around 33-34.

    AP: AP U.S. History (4), AP Art History (3)

    Rank : 139/728 (the top 25% is very competitive, but still no excuse for my poor ranking :/)

    Extra Curricular: 4 year member of Speech and Debate ( 8th place in Novice Champs policy debate, some semifinals, etc.)
    4 Year member of National Forensics League (yes it's the NFL, but it's the Speech & Debate league). I've helped judge a lot of events for my coach or at other schools as needed, and a strong relationship with the team which is ranked in the top 100 teams <3.)

    3 Year member of Tennis (2 year J.V.[Sophomore to Junior Years], 1 year Varsity [Senior Year])

    2 Years Frame by Frame member (kind of a founder)
    It's a graphic animation club (flash, photoshop, etc.), which died out at the end of my Junior year for whatever reasons.

    I've taken the hardest classes that I could...

    Senior Class Program
    1) AP Economics (macro and micro)
    2) AP Psychology
    3) AP Physics B
    4) AP World Literature
    5) Japanese 5/6
    6) Foods 1/2
    7) Speech and Debate 3-8

    I predict a 3.8 - 4.0 GPA this semester, considering my grades are solid as of now.

    I signed up and was accepted into AP Calculus AB, but the stupid school could not hire enough teachers and put me into Foods as the "replacement". In order to clear this up, I hope to comment on this altercation within the comments section in the UC application.

    What are my chances at:

    All the UC's, despite my knowledge for the top tiered UC's.

    Can anyone suggest backup schools? I can only think of:

    Cal State Long Beach
    Cal Polytechnic Pomona
    UC Merced (heard there was a strong Psychology department?)

    Well, if anymore questions be needed, please post here. I'll post up a list of all my grades A.S.A.P.

    Oh, some background information.

    I'm an Asian/Chinese that comes from a low-income family, in which my dad is the only one that works (works at a fast food place). My mom cannot work not because she's lazy, but because she is physically weak. She's battled cancer once before, and currently is tackling cancer once again. My highest priority is to stay close to home, even if I do get accepted to a college thats prestigious but far away. It all depends on my mother's situation along with my families financial status. This isn't meant to be a sob story; just hoping for some advice.

    I already wrote a kickA$$ essay, which needs just a little fine tuning. My teacher says that I shouldn't change a thing for the middle bodied paragraphs, but my intro is weak along with some grammatical errors; they can easily be fixed.

    Thanks to everyone (again) that takes the time to just read this. A chance post would be most appreciated!
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  • PeppersPeppers 1765 replies7 threads Senior Member
    Top Tier UCs: Reach
    Mid Tier UCs: High Match/Match (compelling essay, high SATs, might be able to compensate for your low GPA)
    Low Tier: Match/Safety
    The other schools you listed from the CSUs are fine.
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  • dnduswodnduswo 1298 replies314 threads Senior Member
    Asian male from northern california(came to US when soph)
    medium sized public schools(2000)
    school's academic level=ok(not too good or not too bad)
    major:chemistry(alternative major=international studies)
    for berkeley i applied as international something major..



    Extra Curricular Activities
    Marching Band(10,11,12)-12hours a week for 17weeks(Section Leader during senior year)
    Concert Band(10,11,12)-5hours a week for 15weeks.(First Chair during junior and senior years)
    Track and Field(11,12)-10hours a week for 15weeks.
    Mathletes(11,12)-4hours a week for 24weeks.
    Soccer(10)-10hours a week for 15weeks.
    Foreign Exchange Student with ISE(10).

    Community Services(ive realized that i did more than i thought)
    Yes Project(11,12)-4hours a week for 20weeks.-80
    Tutoring one student for Algebra2 before school everyday during my junior
    year.(3~5hours a week for 20 weeks)-80
    Helping the Science Fair at a local elementary school during my sophomore year.(4hours a week for 4 weeks)-16

    Summer Activity
    Trillium Exchange Student in Canada

    essay should be fairy good...

    im just hoping to get into ucsd...i know i have almost no chance at b and la..so..
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  • saasaasaasaa 296 replies13 threads Member
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: White
    Location: California
    School Type: Medium-sized Public (1400 students), Very uncompetitve
    Income: $80,000/year
    I'm a first-generation college student
    I've taken the hardest class schedule at school, all honors/APs.

    Prospective Schools/Majors
    UC Berkeley: Cognitive Science
    UC San Diego: Cognitive Science / Psychology
    UC Irvine: Psychology / Undeclared Social Science
    UC Davis: Psychology / Neurobio, Physio, & Behav

    Un-weighted: 3.9
    Weighted: 4.4
    UC GPA: 4.15
    Rank: Top 3% (10 out of 353) (ELC)

    33 composite (35 E/34 M/30 R/33 S)
    10 on writing score

    SAT II:
    750: Math 2C
    710: Biology

    9 AP planned
    -Biology (4)
    -Statistics (5)
    -Calculus BC (5)
    -Chemistry (5)
    -English Language (3)
    -US History (4)
    -English Composition
    -Spanish Language AP

    Community College Courses
    -Finite Mathematics (A)
    -Sociology 101 (A)
    -Psychology 101 (A)
    -Art 101 (A)
    -Cultural Anthropology (A)
    -Ethnic Studies
    -Calculus 101C

    Basketball - all four years, varsity center 2 years
    Math and Science Bowl/Academic League - 3 years, on starting team
    World Affair Challenge - 2 yrs, our team won last year
    Tutoring - 50+ hours nonprofit
    LEO Club - 250+ hours nonprofit
    CSF - Life member and President
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  • bartlebybartleby 1162 replies60 threads Senior Member
    sasaa - I'd say you're a match for UCB/UCLA, and and a safety everywhere else.
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  • PeppersPeppers 1765 replies7 threads Senior Member
    UCSD-Low Reach
    Your SAT is dragging you down, but everything else is OK. Depending on the curve that's set this year, and how many points you can score on an unofficial point total of the UCSD points system, you can still realistically expect to get in, although I think you can still sign up for the last ACT if need be...

    UCB/UCLA/UCSD: Match/Safety
    Family circumstances, and high test scores/GPA all work in your favor. It's reasonable to look into the chance of getting a Regents to at least one of the schools you're looking at, although I wouldn't be so sure just how much API factors into a decision (probably not too much)
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  • dnduswodnduswo 1298 replies314 threads Senior Member
    do you guys know how much emphasis ucsd put on essays??

    thanks for an opinion..
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  • DlnitsudDlnitsud 19 replies14 threads Junior Member
    In state

    3.21 Uc GPA

    Sat's: 1740

    760-Math iic

    H Chem
    AP Physics B-3
    AP Calc AB-5

    At community college:
    Calc 2-Concurrent
    Calc 3-Planned
    English 101-planned
    Psych 101-planned
    Psych 102(cognitive)-planned

    Took CAD drafting in ROP program
    Got a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Achievement
    Played Bass in a band for 1 1/2 yrs
    Ride motocross for all for years of high school
    Kept a steady job at Six Flags Magic Mountain for over a year now
    Participated in tons of hours at our local church

    UCSC: Electrical Engineering; 3/2 program(anyone no how compeitive it is to get in it)
    UCSB: Electrical Engineering
    UCM: Bioengineering
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  • PeppersPeppers 1765 replies7 threads Senior Member
    UCSD's emphasis on essays is probably going to be less than Berkeley and LA, since I think all they do is go over them to see if they can add points to your total, meaning that you should strive to get your point across, not to make it persuasive.

    Dlnitsud: UCSC-Match
    UCSB-Slight Reach/Reach
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  • dnduswodnduswo 1298 replies314 threads Senior Member
    so..would you say i have 50/50 chance at ucsd??
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  • UCLAriUCLAri 14509 replies231 threads Senior Member
    It's impossible to say an exact percentage. However, you are clearly a match.
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  • Stephen DedalusStephen Dedalus 33 replies6 threads Junior Member
    Out Of State :(

    UC GPA: 4.00
    (Clear upward trend in grades; UC's forgiveness of freshman year grades is one of the main reasons I'm applying).

    SAT I Math: 710
    SAT I Critical Reading: 700
    SAT I Writing: 720
    (All 1 sitting)

    Total: 2130

    Taking SAT II's (Math II, Physics, and Literature) Dec. 1st

    AP U.S. History- 3

    12 grade Courses
    AP Government
    AP Physics
    AP English
    Japanese II

    1 month in Japan as an Exchange Student
    2 Years NHS
    2 Years as Cashier at Grocery Store
    1 Year as House Management staff at a local theatre
    Summer Job at a Snack bar
    President of Graphic Novel Club, 12th grade
    2 Years of Literary Magazine club (member, submitter)

    Berkeley: Physics
    Davis: Biomedical Engineering
    LA: Biomedical Engineering
    Irvine: Physics
    San Diego: Not Sure
    Santa Barbara: Not Sure

    My uncle also went to Berkeley, but I'm not sure if that's significant.

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  • PeppersPeppers 1765 replies7 threads Senior Member
    Word of advice: Don't apply to LA as BioMed if you can help it. Transfer in later if you still find the major palatable (I sure didn't after finding out what a degree in it would be like). It's also ridiculously impacted.

    Berkeley: Reach
    UCLA: Reach
    UCSD: Low Reach
    UCD: Match
    UCSB/Irvine: Match/Safe Match
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  • wf909wf909 205 replies92 threads Junior Member
    CA student
    1st generation college student
    10th grade:
    Eng II H B B-
    Span I B+ B+
    Geom I H B C
    PE A A
    Bio B B
    Wd Hist H A+ B
    GPA 3.83 3.5

    SPAN II A- A-
    ALG II C+ C
    ANAT A- A+
    CHEM B B
    AP US HIST A- B-
    GPA 3.67 3.50

    SAT I

    SAT II

    Elected Treasurer of Interact Club 11th grade
    Elected Treasurer of Best Buddies Int 11th 12th grades
    Active Member of the Christ in Action Club

    Over 600 hours of community service at a convalescent hospital
    200 hours of community service at a foster care agency

    Low income family

    My Chances for attending a UC
    I want to major in public health or a biological science
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  • XeN0cidEXeN0cidE 534 replies12 threads Member
    wf909, list your 12th grade courses too. It helps your chancing :)
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  • wf909wf909 205 replies92 threads Junior Member
    12th grade classes:
    Ceramics I
    AP English
    Spanish III
    Pre Cal
    AP BIO
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