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***UCLA CLASS OF 2021 APPLICANT THREAD***

ashleyucla2021ashleyucla2021 Registered User Posts: 46 Junior Member
I don't think anyone has made this thread yet, so here it is!

The UC application opened 2 weeks ago, so applicants to UCLA can use this thread discuss any questions they have about the application or about UCLA.

You can also post stats if you want to, but please use this format:

Name of UCLA school you are applying to:
Major:

Unweighted GPA:
Weighted GPA (capped):
SAT I (breakdown):
ACT (breakdown):
SAT II:
Rank:
AP Scores:
IB Scores:
Courses you are taking senior year:

Awards:
Extracurriculars:
Volunteering:
Work Experience:
Essays:

Ethnicity:
Gender:
State (if domestic):
Country (if international):
Income Bracket:
Are you applying for financial aid?:
Hooks (first generation college, underrepresented minority, legacy):
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Replies to: ***UCLA CLASS OF 2021 APPLICANT THREAD***

  • ashleyucla2021ashleyucla2021 Registered User Posts: 46 Junior Member
    This thread is for freshman applicants (HS Class of 2017).
  • Nimisha99Nimisha99 Registered User Posts: 207 Junior Member
    @10s4life Can you please chance me

    Name of UCLA school you are applying to: HSSEAS
    Major: Computer Science

    I received A's on all final exams.
    9th grade - 93%
    10th grade - 89%
    11th grade - 79%
    Our school does not use GPA system (International)

    SAT I (breakdown): 1200 (New SAT) I am going to retake it in Oct
    ACT (breakdown): N/A
    SAT II: N/A
    Rank: Our school does not give rankings
    AP Scores: Our school does not have AP. I moved to Colorado this year. So, I am planning to take 3-4 classes. Is that an okay number?
    IB Scores: N/A
    Courses you are taking senior year: New school. Not sure. I will try to take as many AP classes as I can.

    Awards: N/A
    Extracurriculars: I do a lot of programming. Python, Ruby, C#, and little bit of Java
    Volunteering: I volunteered for a month at animal rescue
    Work Experience: N/A
    Essays: I think they will be great

    Ethnicity: Indian
    Gender: Female
    State (if domestic):
    Country (if international): India
    Income Bracket: $100,000
    Are you applying for financial aid?: They don't give any aid to international students
  • Nimisha99Nimisha99 Registered User Posts: 207 Junior Member
    SAT breakdown is 600 Reading & Writing and 600 Math
  • Nimisha99Nimisha99 Registered User Posts: 207 Junior Member
    @10s4life I used WES and it gave 3.8 GPA (4.0 scale). I used Roger Hub UC GPA calculator. It gave 3.89 unweighted and weighted GPA
  • hiddenfallshiddenfalls Registered User Posts: 81 Junior Member
    edited August 2016
    Hi everyone! I'm in a similar situation as @10s4life and was admitted to UCLA for the class of 2020. I wish you guys the best of luck with your applications, and am more than happy to answer questions and/or chance people. I'm an international student from Australia, so please keep that in mind if you ask about US-specific things like AP/honours classes etc. I'm a Physics major :) so again keep this in mind if you're asking about majors.
  • SillyJillie423SillyJillie423 Registered User Posts: 56 Junior Member
    edited August 2016
    I'd really appreciate it if y'all could chance me. :)
    Name of UCLA school you are applying to: College of Letters and Science
    Major: Human Biology and Society

    Unweighted GPA: My school doesn't do unweighted GPA, but I calculated it myself and got 3.9 (I don't know if I did it correctly though)
    Weighted GPA (capped): 4.14
    SAT I (breakdown): 780 writing, 710 reading, 640 math--2130 total
    ACT (breakdown): 28 science, 31 math, 33 reading, 33 writing--31 composite
    SAT II: N/A
    Rank: N/A
    AP Scores: I got a 5 in AP Biology and a 5 in AP US History.
    IB Scores: N/A
    Courses you are taking senior year: Environmental science, AP Statistics, Advanced English Literature, Advanced Spanish IV, Physics
    (I would have taken more APs this year but my school makes it difficult, I had to take physics as a grad requirement, and there are not too many to choose from.)

    Awards: I've won 4 Best Speaker Awards at JSA Debate conferences, got a Gold Award for the National Spanish Exam two years in a row (96% percentile), Silver Award for National Latin Exam, Outstanding Delegate Award at M.U.N. conference, High Honor Roll for 6 semesters, ServSafe Food Handler certification
    Extracurriculars: Participate in all the school musicals/plays with leading/supporting roles, wrote and directed my own play twice for school's play festival, President/secretary of JSA Debate team, head of prom committee, head of winter ball committee, Executive Activities Coordinator on Student Council for 3 years, Spanish Honor Society, International Thespian Society, Varsity Swim Team for 3 years, M.U.N. for 2 years, Choir for 3 years, Chamber Choir for 1 year

    Volunteering: 2 hrs/week volunteering in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit and Emergency Room of my local hospital, also did math tutoring in my freshman and sophomore year for 3rd/8th graders, also volunteered at my local youth center as a snack bar attendant for a summer

    Work Experience: I was hired at the Youth Center as a snack bar attendant and have been working there for 2 years, I also did an internship this summer with the Professor of Terrorism at the Naval Postgraduate School and will have some of my work published in her upcoming report

    Essays: For my first essay, I am talking about being the head of prom committee and the leadership skills I learned while managing the chaos. For my second essay, I'm writing about my experiences in JSA and how I feel that my greatest talent is my aptitude for oratory. For my third essay, I'm writing about the summer that I spent studying abroad in Spain, emphasizing how I improved my Spanish and gained cultural awareness. For my final essay, I'm writing about how I express my creative side through playwriting and am going to tell the story of how I got my first play produced.

    Ethnicity: White
    Gender: Female
    State (if domestic): California Resident
    Country (if international):
    Income Bracket: 200k+ (does this affect my chance of admission?)
    Are you applying for financial aid?: Nope.
    Hooks (first generation college, underrepresented minority, legacy): Nope.
  • hongyiweiwuhongyiweiwu Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    Name of UCLA school you are applying to: Engineering School
    Major: Computer Science (You can choose two majors during applications, and I chose Applied mathematics as a backup)

    Unweighted GPA: Not in an international program, so we don't have weighted GPA here in China. 3.8.
    SAT I (breakdown): New SAT. 1560/770R&W/790M
    ACT (breakdown): 36C/34E/36M/36R/36S
    SAT II: Math 2: 800 Physics: 800
    Rank: Don't know for sure. Approximately top 10?
    AP Scores: Chem/CalcBC/USGov/Psych/Phys1/Phys2/CSA/MicroEco/MacroEco
    IB Scores: Didn't take IB tests.

    Extracurriculars: I'm a huge American TV addict and has been writing TV reviews for Chinese websites for 4 years now with pay. I also have directed a student film. On the music front I'm the leader of the band at the school, and I have also arranged a school-scale musical. I joined the school's students' union and edit videos for them.
    Work Experience: An internship at a famous Chinese technology institute where we made an iWatch-like smart watch.

    Oh, I went to UCLA's summer session this year. Attended Chem 20A and Film 122B and got A+ in both courses.

    Ethnicity:Chinese
    Gender:Male
    Country (if international): China
    Are you applying for financial aid?: I wish, but then I'm an international student
    Hooks (first generation college, underrepresented minority, legacy): Nothing.

    Really appreciate if you could chance me because I've heard it's hard for Asians to get into UCLA.
  • RHSclassof16RHSclassof16 Registered User Posts: 922 Member
    Same thing for me as for @10s4life. I was admitted last year and if anybody has any questions about the process feel free to ask. :)
  • ashleyucla2021ashleyucla2021 Registered User Posts: 46 Junior Member
    Name of UCLA school you are applying to: College of Letters and Science
    Major: Biology

    Unweighted GPA: 4.54
    Weighted GPA (capped): 3.96
    SAT I (breakdown): 2130 (Math: 800, CR: 660, Writing: 670)
    (I took the old SAT)
    ACT (breakdown): X
    SAT II: Math II: 800, Biology M: 730
    Rank: my school ranks by quintiles, and I am in the first quintile, but I am positive that I am at least in the top 5% in my class
    AP Scores: AP Computer Science: 5, AP English Language: 5, AP Statistics: 5, AP Biology: 4
    IB Scores: X
    Courses you are taking senior year: AP Physics, AP Calculus AB, AP English Literature, AP Spanish, Econ/Gov, Dance

    Awards:
    - Biology, Geometry, Algebra II
    - California Scholarship Federation: 9-11 (probably 12 too)
    - I will likely get the National AP Scholar award next year (but I'm currently AP Scholar with Honor)

    Extracurriculars:
    - Math and Science Club: 9-12 (on the M & S board 11th and 12th grade)
    - Community Service Team: 10-12
    - Spanish Club: 9-12
    - Robotics: 11, 12
    - California Scholarship Federation: 9-12
    - played piano since the 3rd grade (though I doubt that counts for anything because I never took a test of merit or competed in any competition)

    Volunteering: 70+ hours
    - Operation Gratitude (30 hours)
    - volunteered at my temple (15 hours)
    - I volunteered at other organizations including retirement homes, food pantries, etc.

    Interning: interned at a doctor's office (30 hours)
    Work Experience: X

    Ethnicity: Indian
    Gender: Female
    State (if domestic): California
    Country (if international): X
    Income Bracket: >$200,000
    Are you applying for financial aid?: No
    Hooks (first generation college, underrepresented minority, legacy): X
  • bruin2020bruin2020 Registered User Posts: 326 Member
    Hi guys! I am a current UCLA student, and I know how stressful this period is for you all so I wanted to help you future Bruins with your UC applications! Just message me if you have any questions about the whole process, even if it's not related specifically to the UC app.
  • IamINTPIamINTP Registered User Posts: 179 Junior Member
    All the best to all the applicants. :)

    Name of UCLA school you are applying to: Engineering School
    Major: Computer Engineering

    Class 9 CGPA: 9.2/10
    Class 10 CGPA: 9.6/10
    Class 11 percentage: 78.4%

    SAT I (breakdown): 1420( 780 Math, 640 Eng)
    SAT II: 760 - Chem; 800 - Math
    Rank: School does not have ranking
    Courses you are taking senior year: English(Core), Physcis, Chemistry, Mathematics and Computer Science.

    Awards: Finalist in a state level science examination.

    Extracurriculars:
    -House Captain(refer Hogwarts)
    -Director of a committee at the first interschool MUN in my city.
    -School Magazine Editor(Computer Section)
    -Done out of school courses on robotics
    -Intraschool basketball and writing prices.
    -Part of the interschool drama team.
    -Completed 3 edX courses solely for interest or test preparation.

    Work Experience:
    -Internship at a lab founded by IIT Alumni and taught middle school kids who attend classes there.


    Ethnicity: Asian
    Gender: Female
    Country (if international): Indian
    Are you applying for financial aid?: No.

  • SyellowSyellow Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    edited November 2016
    Name of UCLA school you are applying to: Letters and Science
    Major: Biochemistry or Life Science Undeclared

    Unweighted GPA: 3.85 (according to school), 3.91 (no + or - for 9th-11th grade), 4.0 (no + or - for 10th-11th) grade

    Weighted GPA (capped): I called the admissions office and the lady said that gpa is calculated differently for out of state kids like me since we don't get the honors boost, so I won't include this.

    ACT (breakdown): 34C (35E,33M,35R,34S)
    Rank: Doesn't
    AP Scores: 5s: Comparative Politics, Calc BC, Calc AB Subscore. 4s: Language and Comp, US History, Human Geo, Environmental Science. 3s: Government and Psychology.
    IB Scores: School doesn't do this
    Courses you are taking senior year: AP Chemistry, AP Stats, AP Macroeconomics, Honors World History, Honors Physics, Honors English 12-Humanities, Middle Eastern Conflicts and Crisis (elective), French 2, Spanish 6 CIS (basically an AP)

    Awards: QQ
    Extracurriculars: Speech (2 years), Amnesty (2 years, officer), YIG (4 years), Spanish Club (3 years), French Club (1 year), Key Club (4 years), NHS (2 years)
    Volunteering: Volunteer at a hospital 3+ hours a week. Random things around the community and with the school.
    Work Experience: Tutor at Kumon. I work in PI, I work with new students and integrate them into the program as well as teaching the parents the proper home procedures and grading techniques.
    Essays: I had a professional guy read them who said they were solid. Hopefully I have these going for me!

    Ethnicity: Chinese (lol)
    Gender: Male (lol)
    State (if domestic): Minnesota (cold af)
    Country (if international): USA
    Income Bracket: 200,000+
    Are you applying for financial aid?: Nope
    Hooks (first generation college, underrepresented minority, legacy): Haha I wish. Actually, I have taken the hardest courses my school has to offer with the exception of taking Honors English 12 instead of AP Lit.
  • gureumgureum Registered User Posts: 68 Junior Member
    Name of UCLA school you are applying to: College of L&S
    Major: Psychobiology woop woop

    Unweighted GPA: 3.93 (10th-11th), 3.90 (9-11th)
    Weighted GPA (capped): 4.21

    SAT I (breakdown):
    2070: 750 W, 680 M, 640 R

    ACT (breakdown): 32 C (too lazy to pull up the detailed stats.i recall a 35 in english as the highest and a 28 in science as lowest.)

    SAT II: Bio 640, WH 650, Math II - tbd

    (i really think test scores are baloney, if you couldn't tell already lol.)

    Rank: 22/516 (within top 5%)

    AP Scores:
    Bio 3, WH 4, Calc AB 5, APES 3, Eng Lang 5, Psych 5

    Courses you are taking senior year:
    -Chem AP, Multivariable Calculus, English Lit AP, Concert Band

    Awards:
    -Letter of Commendation (national merit)
    -AP Scholar

    Extracurriculars:
    -Marching band member since freshman year, currently section leader
    -Did martial arts for 11 years, currently on hiatus. I hold a second-degree black belt as well as leadership experience.
    -Treasurer of human rights club junior year
    -Publicity chair for service club
    -Member of CSF since freshman year

    Volunteering:
    -YMCA (1 hr/week for 7 months)
    -Hospital Volunteer (2 hrs/week since April)
    -Church Volunteer (2/hrs week since February)
    -Nursing Home volunteer (2hrs/week since January)

    Work Experience:
    -none, unfortunately

    Essays:
    Not quite sure what I'm supposed to write here. I am doing prompts 1, 5, 6, and 8. I have one trusted friend and another close teacher that have been editing my work thus far.

    Ethnicity: Korean
    Gender: F
    State (if domestic): CA
    Country (if international):
    Income Bracket: 100,000
    Are you applying for financial aid?: i submitted my fafsa a month ago! and I'm going to apply for scholarships in my area.
    Hooks (first generation college, underrepresented minority, legacy): my mom is a UCLA alum but UCs don't care for that anyway.
  • PAwind98PAwind98 Registered User Posts: 105 Junior Member
    Hey guys, I'm really concerned at the moment. I would really appreciate it if someone could educate me... I am an out of state student, and I did not know that I would need 1 year of Visual Performing Arts to even be considered for admittance. I can't change my schedule now, and I feel helpless because I could be rejected to one of my top choices for something I was unaware of. Could anyone let me know what my options are? Would UCLA consider me regardless and perhaps tell me I need to take a course over the summer to be officially admitted? Any advice is extremely appreciated, it will, hopefully, calm my nerves!
  • GumbymomGumbymom Forum Champion UC Posts: 22,734 Forum Champion
    edited November 2016
    @PAwind98: Not knowing the UC requirements is not an excuse unless you do not have access to these classes. UCLA will still look at your application but with over 100,000 applicants that were able to meet the requirements, it does not bode well for your chances.

    This is what the UC website states:::

    If a student lacks the full yearlong VPA requirement but is otherwise a very strong student academically and have met all other admission requirements, is it imperative that they take another VPA class?

    All students must complete all of UC’s subject requirements, including VPA; in particular for California resident students, in order to meet the criteria for admission in the statewide or local context, yes the student must meet the full yearlong VPA requirement. UC has other options for meeting the requirement; see Options for Satisfying A-G Subject Requirements in Quick Reference.

    What college/university courses satisfy the VPA requirement for high school students?

    Any transferable course of 3 semester (4 quarter) units that clearly falls within one of the four visual arts/performing arts disciplines (dance, drama/theater, music or visual art) will satisfy the VPA requirement.

    Other ways to satisfy the requirement:
    AP or IB examination
    Score of 3, 4 or 5 on the AP History of Art, Studio Art or Music Theory Exam;
    score of 5, 6 or 7 on any one IB HL exam in Dance, Film, Music, Theatre Arts or Visual Arts
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