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UCLA 2.2% GPA 3.40-3.79, What do they do

Andy280Andy280 18 replies13 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
What do the 2.2% who get admission with a GPA between 3.40-3.79 do?
Is there anyone in these 2.2% who got in due to her excellent ECs?

Freshman admit rates for UC GPA of 3.40-3.79:
UCB: 1.8%
UCLA: 2.2%
UCSD: 7.2%
UCSB: 10.1%
UCI: 11.1%
UCD: 16.6%
UCSC: 43.8%
UCR: 63.3%
UCM: 88.7%
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  • GumbymomGumbymom 27663 replies152 threadsForum Champion UC Forum Champion
    edited July 17
    Agree ^^^ with @momofsenior1 and these recruited athletes get many perks including tutoring to make sure they maintain their academic eligibility to play.

    Although essays are considered very important in UCLA’s application review, it will not make up for subpar grades and test scores unless there are extenuating circumstances for the less than stellar academics.
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  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 3985 replies86 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    2% of 100K+ applicants is over 2K students - I don’t think there would be THAT many recruited athletes, would there?
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  • GumbymomGumbymom 27663 replies152 threadsForum Champion UC Forum Champion
    edited July 17
    @ProfessorPlum168: That is the % admitted not applied so 2.2% of 16020 would be 352 for 2018.
    edited July 17
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  • sushirittosushiritto 3863 replies9 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited July 17
    I don't know if this is accurate or not and whether all of them are "recruited." I assume some could be walk-on's.
    University of California - Los Angeles competes in 22 sports and has a total of 931 student athletes: 427 men and 504 women.

    https://www.collegefactual.com/colleges/university-of-california-los-angeles/student-life/sports/

    I'm sure UCLA has some "developmental" students/cases too, like big donors with kids with less than stellar stats.
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  • 10s4life10s4life 2211 replies47 threadsForum Champion UCLA Forum Champion
    The bottom line is those 2.2% are not your off the street applicant. They’re developmental or an athlete.
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  • UCBUSCalumUCBUSCalum 1038 replies4 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    the high end of that range, a 3.79 GPA is not a bad GPA. It is too bad that the many of the other applicants have > 4.0+.
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  • GumbymomGumbymom 27663 replies152 threadsForum Champion UC Forum Champion
    @UCBUSCalum: Average Capped weighted GPA for 2018 Freshman was 4.23 and average for Fully weighted was 4.49 so probably the majority are above a 4.0..
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  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 3985 replies86 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Given the 4.23 median, on a normal standard distribution and given that 10% admit rate for 3.8-4.19, probably around 2-3 percent rate between 3.80-3.99. So if they did an inverse 95th percentile chart, I would say that it would start at 4.00 for UC GPA.
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 33512 replies363 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    One UCLA freshman 2018 profile (too many available) shows 267 admitted in the 3.3-3.79 range. 1.4%.

    Rather than get too analytical with OP, she needs to realize this is the longest of long shots.

    That simple. No fairy dust from "excellent ECs."
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 77733 replies678 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    10s4life wrote: »
    The bottom line is those 2.2% are not your off the street applicant. They’re developmental or an athlete.

    Development considerations are not supposed to be used in UC admissions:
    https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/governance/policies/2202.html

    So recruited athletes are the most likely admits.
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  • sushirittosushiritto 3863 replies9 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited July 23
    Development considerations are not supposed to be used in UC admissions:

    They must break their policies then. :wink: :lol:
    edited July 23
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  • 10s4life10s4life 2211 replies47 threadsForum Champion UCLA Forum Champion
    @ucbalumnus Yes and no. Trust me on that one. Development applicants exist at the top UCs.
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  • KTJordan78KTJordan78 175 replies9 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Some of those students are also probably Art, Dance, Music, and Theater students whose portfolio/audition are by far the most important element of their admission. Pretty much if those departments want a student and the student meets all of the school's admission requirements they will be admitted. UCLA School of Music grad here, BTW. (I'd like to think my GPA and SAT scores were still competitive for admission to UCLA at the time, but nevertheless the above is still true for those majors. )
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