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***UCLA Class of 2024 Decision Thread (Stats Only)***

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  • oswal9tangoswal9tang 9 replies0 threads New Member
    @oswal9tang Essay score: 22
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  • patriot22patriot22 1 replies0 threads New Member
    ACCEPTED - OOS white male
    Major: Pre-Business Economics
    GPA UW: 4.O
    GPA W: 4.76
    ACT: 34
    SAT II: Math II - 780 & US History - 770
    AP exams: Physics 1 (4), European History (5), Biology (4), US History (5), Spanish Language (5), Calc BC (5)
    EC: varsity football captain, student council, mentor program, volunteering, study abroad experience
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  • bakerschildbakerschild 1 replies0 threads New Member
    ACCEPTED- OOS Asian Female
    Major: Neuroscience
    GPA: 4.0
    ACT: 31
    AP’s: Human Geo, Biology, Psychology, Chemistry, English Lang, Calc BC, English Lit, and Statistics
    EC: President of HOSA, Junior Rotary, Girl Scouts, Soccer, Track, NHS, Link Crew
    200+ hours of Hospital and Elementary Volunteering
    Strong essays
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  • 1225nv20201225nv2020 2 replies0 threads New Member
    ACCEPTED!

    Out of State

    Major: Pre-Health Biology and Society

    GPA: 3.963 UW // 4.110 W (my school's highest weighted GPA is 4.2)

    Class Rank 1/529

    ACT: 33 // 9 on Writing

    AP's: 5– Human Geo, Psych, US History, Language and Composition

    4– Biology, World History

    3– Chemistry

    EC's: HOSA, Speech and Debate President, State and National Qualifier, 3 Years of Tennis, WiSci International STEM Camp, HeritageINDIA 2019 Cohort Member, NHS Member, 70+ Volunteer Hours

    Accepted: University of Minnesota Twin Cities, American University

    Waiting: Northwestern, UC Berkeley, NYU, Vanderbilt
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  • KBTDPTKBTDPT 104 replies6 threads Junior Member
    Decision: Waitlisted
    Merit scholarships awarded (if any):

    Major (and division if applicable) applied to:
    Pre-Public Affairs

    Academic stats:
    UC Unweighted GPA:3.92
    UC Capped Weighted GPA:4.25
    UC Fully Weighted GPA:4.45
    ELC (top 9%):yes

    Comments about course load (including senior year):
    SAT (total and sections): did not take
    ACT (total and sections):34C (36R/35E/35S/30M/11 writing)
    SAT Subject Tests (if any): Lit 720
    AP exams (scores in parentheses): 10th:AP World (5), APES (4) 11th: Psych (5), AP Lang (5), APUSH (4), AP Spanish (3) 12th: AP Lit, AP Stats, AP Govt, AP Micro
    Senior year courses: DE Intro International Relations, AP Micro, AP Govt, AP Stats, AP Lit, Differential Calc, Service Learning (Internship)
    IB exams (score in parentheses):n/a
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): NHS, Spanish HS, Girls State finalist, AP Scholar with distinction

    Subjective:

    For the following, indicate level of recognition or award (e.g. local, state, national, international) and/or leadership roles:
    Extracurriculars: YMCA Youth and Government (State leadership position 2 years), Internship CA Retailers Assoc, Finance Intern on a Congressional Campaign
    Job/Work Experience: Customer Service/Front Desk 10 hrs/week Senior year
    Volunteer/Community service: Library (200+ hours), Peer Council for local probation department (150 hours)
    Activities: Hula dancer, Girl Scout

    Personal insight essay topics: Wrote about Leadership position in Y&G, Experience on Peer Council, hospitalization/surgery for heart condition summer after Sophomore year,and creativity involved in playing/DMing D&D

    Letters of recommendation submitted: N/a

    Demographics:
    State (if domestic applicant): CA (Northern)
    Country (if international applicant):
    High school type: Large Public

    Gender:F
    Race/ethnicity:White

    Applied for need-based financial aid?:No
    Pell grant eligible?:No
    Maximum Pell grant (FAFSA EFC = $0)

    Highest level of parent education: professional doctorate both
    Living with both, one, or no parents?:Both
    Relation to alumni of college:No

    Reflection

    Strengths: well-rounded academically/ECs and specific passion/activities related to major
    Weaknesses: GPA, did not take AP Calc/Physics. School does not have honors weighted courses
    Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: ???
    Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected:
    Accepted: UofA (honors), SDSU, UofUtah (Honors), Simmons University (Honors+ full ride Kotzen scholarship), Temple U (Honors + full tuition ), LMU, UC Berkeley (Regents’ candidate), UCI (Regents’ and CHC), UCD, UCSD, UCSB-Honors, Scripps, CMC
    Awaiting: USC, Regents’ decision at Cal
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  • yeeyee83yeeyee83 1 replies0 threads New Member
    Decision: Admitted

    Major (and division if applicable) applied to: College of Letters and Science, Asian Languages and Linguistics

    Academic stats:

    Calculate your GPAs with https://rogerhub.com/gpa-calculator-uc/
    UC Unweighted GPA: 3.86
    UC Capped Weighted GPA: 4.05
    UC Fully Weighted GPA: 4.52

    Comments about course load (including senior year): 11 APs until Junior Year; Capstone Courses in Senior year
    SAT (total and sections): 1520 (800 M)
    Did not report subject tests.
    AP exams (scores in parentheses): Calc AB (5), Calc BC (5), Chinese (4), English Lang (4), Studio Art 2D Design (5), Physics 2 (4), APUSH (5), European Hist (5), Biology (4)

    Subjective:

    Extracurriculars: Chinese Culture Club VP, Varsity Debate, Biology Club VP, Classical Guitar
    Volunteer/Community service: Painted murals in nursing homes, Hospital volunteer
    Summer Activities: Scholarship Immersion Program studying Mandarin in Taiwan (after Junior year)
    Awards: Presented at Taiwanese Consulate banquet, Won local Chinese Speech competitions, included debate awards as well

    Essays (topics, details):

    Essay 1 (Leadership Experience): Wrote about how I helped an English teacher teach English to Taiwanese students at a language summer camp by making the class more interactive. The final message was about motivating others reflecting the qualities of a leader.

    Essay 2 (Creative Side): Wrote about my life-long love for art and how I used it to assist Alzheimer’s and dementia patients through murals.

    Essay 3 (Skill/Talent): Wrote about cooking with my mother at a young age and how I have discovered that it is its own art form over the years.

    Essay 4 (Educational Opportunity/Barrier): Wrote about my summer experience in Taiwan and overcoming certain obstacles in learning and conversing in Chinese.

    Demographics

    State (if domestic applicant): OOS
    High school type: STEM-based Independent School

    Gender: Male
    Race: Asian

    Applied for financial aid?:
    Highest level of parent education: Post-graduate
    Living with both, one, or no parents?: Both

    Reflection

    Strengths: My essays were creatively written while still answering the prompts fairly directly. I had a pretty unique major preference. Solid stats and rigorous coursework.
    Weaknesses: I probably only had a few standout activities and luckily they supported the major I was applying for.
    Why you think you were accepted: I still feel really good about my essays and my stats. I know it's always a competitive applicant pool, though, and I still can't believe I got in.
    Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected:
    Accepted: Georgetown, VTech, Boston College, Boston University, UCSD, UPitt
    Waitlisted: WashU, UVA
    Rejected: Vanderbilt (ED2)
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  • bruh420bruh420 10 replies1 threads New Member
    edited March 21
    Decision: Admitted

    Merit scholarships awarded (if any): Regents Candidate

    Major (and division if applicable) applied to: Mechanical Engineering

    Academic stats:

    Calculate your GPAs with https://rogerhub.com/gpa-calculator-uc/
    UC Unweighted GPA: 4.0
    UC Capped Weighted GPA: 4.53
    UC Fully Weighted GPA: 4.77
    Eligibility in Local Context?: Yes

    Rank, percentile rank, or percentile range (if available): 3/ ~165
    Comments about course load (including senior year): 6 APs out of 7 classes total senior year, Cannot take AP classes until junior year at my school, Loaded up with honors & accelerated classes where APs weren't available.
    SAT (total and sections): N/A
    ACT (total and sections): 36 (35 Math, 36 Reading, 36 Grammar, 36 Science)
    SAT Subject Tests (if any): 800 - Math II, 700 - Physics
    AP exams (scores in parentheses): APUSH(5), Lang(4), Lit(Planned), Physics C(Planned), Calculus AB(Planned), Spanish Lang(Planned), Macroeconomics(Planned), Biology(Planned)
    IB exams (score in parentheses): N/A
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): Eagle Scout

    Subjective:

    For the following, indicate level of recognition or award (e.g. local, state, national, international) and/or leadership roles:
    Extracurriculars: Mock Trial Club Captain, Model UN delegate, , 3 years Student Government, 3 years Varsity Track & Field, 6 years playing Tenor Sax
    Job/Work Experience: Courtesy Clerk @ Local Supermarket
    Volunteer/Community service: 200+ hours tutoring underprivileged and special needs students
    Summer Activities: N/A

    Essays (topics, details):
    - Discovering a love for engineering at a young age & fostering that love as I grew up
    - Experiences tutoring special ed children in low-income areas, specifically in math/science
    - Overcoming PTSD from the Gilroy Garlic Festival Shooting
    - Learning to adapt after half of my school's campus burned down in a wildfire

    Demographics

    State (if domestic applicant): In-State
    High school type: Small, religious, competitive private school

    Gender: Male

    Applied for financial aid?: No
    Highest level of parent education: Bachelor's Degree
    Living with both, one, or no parents?: Both

    Reflection

    Strengths: Essays + Stats
    Weaknesses: ECs related specifically to my major (Like robotics), Nationally-recognized ECs
    Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Essays + Stats (Especially in comparison to other engineering majors from my school)
    Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected:
    Accepted: Cal Poly SLO, UCSB (Regents), UCD (Regents), UCSD (Regents), still waiting on Berkeley
    Waitlisted: N/A
    Rejected: N/A
    edited March 21
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  • lordhelpuslordhelpus 5 replies0 threads New Member
    Decision: Accepted

    Major: Pre-Political Science
    In state (LA)

    Sent the extra supplement essays
    Sent the Alumni Scholarship Application as well

    UC GPA: 3.7
    9 APs total- World History, US History, Bio, Hum Geo, Enviro, Comp Sci Principals, Eng Lang, Eng Lit, Gov't and Politics (US)
    SAT: 1270

    A LOT of extracurriculars and leadership roles
    - summer program at Georgetown- took international relations class and brought that back into wanting to study politics in my essays

    4.6 GPA 1st semester of Senior Yr with 4 APs despite EXTREME circumstances (my mother passed away in Oct) that I explained in the extra supplement essays they asked for in January. I think this was when they realized I'm not stupid!

    In my essays I pretty much talked about my experiences as an African immigrant and the responsibilities I've had as a child bc my parents couldn't speak English- that was an entire essay when they asked about leadership. I talked about my club leadership and internships in other essays casually. Not in a, look at me I did so much, but in a this experience inspired me to blah blah blah.

    I also talked about how speaking multiple tribal languages and such prepared me for American life. I was 1 of 3 black people out of 400 that took AP Bio and I gave them more of my stats from my other APs. Despite being the only black person in legit all of my classes, I wasn't afraid to challenge myself because of my diverse background blah blah blah....Also talked about where my ambition comes from- immigrant parents that left everything to give me an opportunity they never had. (Neither finished high school)

    Also explained why my GPA is so low. My passion for learning pushed me to take all of these difficult classes (only took like 4 regular classes- the rest were honors and AP). But I couldn't get the best grades because I was waking up at 5 every morning bc my school is far from where I live and most days I'd get home at around 7 with extracurriculars and shows (theater). But with the opportunity I was given, attending such an amazing HS, I took advantage of the resources I was provided and that was my main goal.

    At one point I dedicated an essay to growing up one of the poorest countries in the world and how that has shaped my view on life and politics in particular. My eagerness to help the most vulnerable in the US stems from being immersed in poverty in my foundational years....etc.

    Chose the academic subject essay and talked abt taking many Social science APs and how that solidified my passion for politics...

    I know my stats definitely aren't that of the typical UCLA student but I think when you explain why your stats are the way they are- my SAT score, for example, with my mothers death and going back to Ethiopia for her funeral, I missed the exam date and was unable to prepare- I think that makes a huge difference. If my circumstances were different, I think they realized I would have received the same high scores as other applicants.

    Its not the end of the world if you just have bad luck, just explain it in your essay and that makes a huge difference.
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  • itgirl2020itgirl2020 10 replies0 threads New Member
    Decision: Accepted

    Merit scholarships awarded (if any): none

    Major (and division if applicable) applied to: Neuroscience

    Unweighted GPA (school-calculated): 3.9
    Weighted GPA (school-calculated: 4.54

    Rank, percentile rank, or percentile range (if available): N/A
    Comments about course load (including senior year): AP's and honors every year, taking Multivariable Calc at comm college now
    SAT (total and sections): N/A
    ACT (total and sections): 35 in each section, 9 Writing
    SAT Subject Tests (if any): Bio-800, Chem-780, Math II-800
    AP exams (scores in parentheses): AP Chinese (5), AP Psychology (4), AP Physics 1 (4), AP Biology (5), AP Chemistry (5), AP Lang (5), APUSH (4), AP Calc AB (5)
    IB exams (score in parentheses): N/A
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): 2X USABO semifinalist (national), 2X BBO Gold Medalist, Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Honorable Mention (local), National AP Scholar
    Job/Work Experience: bio research at Caltech for 2 years
    Volunteer/Community service: Girl Scout Gold Award, Presidential Volunteer Service Award, Red Cross
    Summer Activities: UCLA SCIP


    Demographics: Asian
    State (if domestic applicant): CA
    High school type: Public
    Gender: Female

    Applied for financial aid?: No
    Highest level of parent education: Physician


    Strengths: bio olympiad, UCLA SCIP
    Weaknesses: GPA (I had one B in math in my sophomore year, and three B's in my junior year), no sports
    Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: The UCLA Summer College Immersion Program definitely helped, since I earned A's in both of my courses (one of which is Intro to Neuroscience).

    Accepted: UCSD, UCSB, Boston U
    Waitlisted: UCI, Wellesley, Johns Hopkins
    Rejected: Pomona, Georgetown

    Comments: Definitely a pleasant surprise, because I had 4 B's between 10-11th grade in pretty major classes like math and chemistry (although my freshman year grades were perfect). I guess my strong performance/passion in bio, whether it'd be research or olympiads, made up for the grade flaws.
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  • penguin2penguin2 204 replies5 threads Junior Member
    Decision: Admitted

    Major (and division if applicable) applied to: Computer Science

    Objective:
    SAT: 1550 (800M, 750E)
    SAT II: 800 Math, 780 Physics
    Unweighted GPA: 4.0
    Weighted GPA: 4.7
    Rank: School doesn't rank, but I'm at least top 2%.
    AP: 15 APs including senior year, 10 5s
    Major Awards: Science Fair regional winner, Presidential Gold Award for Service, National AP Scholar, Rensselaer Medal, National Merit Semifinalist, handful of debate and robotics awards

    Subjective:
    Extracurriculars:
    - VEX Robotics (President)
    - FRC Robotics (Programming Director)
    - Math Team (President)
    - Lincoln-Douglas Debate (Chair)
    - Independent Science Research
    - Dead Poets Society (Founder)
    - ASB (Homeroom Rep)
    - Choir
    - NHS

    Job/Work Experience:
    - Math and reading teacher for elementary schoolers
    Volunteer/Community service:
    - 250+ hours tutoring and counseling kids
    Summer Activities:
    - UC Cosmos
    - Took AP Stats and AP PhysC’s at a community college

    Essays:
    - Steps of CAD (robotics) and how they correlate to steps in my life
    - Speaking out and advocacy
    Recommendations:
    - Calc AB/BC teacher (8/10)
    - English teacher (9/10)

    Other:
    Applied for Financial Aid? No
    State: CA
    School Type: Catholic, all-girls
    Ethnicity: Asian
    Gender: Female
    Hooks: n/a

    Reflection:
    Strengths: Leadership in extracurriculars
    Weaknesses: Overall blandness, no *major* awards
    Why you think you were accepted: I have no idea. Maybe my personality really shined in my essays, because I thought I seemed like the typical Asian CS nerd.
    Where else were you accepted: UCB (attending), MIT, UIUC, Purdue
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  • illuminate98illuminate98 5 replies3 threads New Member
    edited March 21
    Decision: Admitted

    Merit scholarships awarded (if any): none

    Major (and division if applicable) applied to: Computer Science & Engineering (Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science)

    Academic stats:

    UC Unweighted GPA: 4.0
    UC Capped Weighted GPA: 4.36
    Eligibility in Local Context?: yes

    Comments about course load (including senior year): pretty rigorous
    SAT (total and sections): 1570 (800 Math, 770 EBRW)
    SAT Subject Tests (if any): 800 Physics, 800 Math 2
    AP exams (scores in parentheses): Calc BC (5), Calc AB subscore (5), Computer Science Principles (5), European History (5), Chinese (5), Physics 1 (4)

    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): National Merit Finalist, AP Scholar with Distinction

    Subjective:

    Extracurriculars:
    -President of Computer Science Club
    -Founder/editor-in-chief of community art and literary magazine
    -Editor-in-Chief of school newspaper
    -Executive Director of hackathon
    -Math Club grade representative
    -Freshman welcoming committee
    -Algebra 1 teacher's assistant

    Volunteer/Community service:
    -Local library volunteer
    -Student Coach at local elementary school math olympiad

    Demographics

    State (if domestic applicant): California
    High school type: public

    Gender: female

    Applied for financial aid?: I filled out FAFSA but knew I wouldn't qualify?
    Highest level of parent education: master's
    Living with both, one, or no parents?: both

    Reflection
    Accepted: UCLA, UCSD, UCSB, UCI, UCSC, UCR, SJSU, CSU East Bay
    Waitlisted: Cal Poly SLO, UC Davis
    Rejected: none yet
    edited March 21
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  • bigboi312bigboi312 13 replies2 threads Junior Member
    Decision: Admitted!

    Major (and division if applicable) applied to: Chemistry

    Objective:
    SAT: 1530 (800M, 730E)
    SAT II: Didn't Submit
    Unweighted GPA: 3.76
    Weighted GPA: 4.31
    Rank: School doesn't rank
    AP: 11 AP's
    Major Awards: Science Olympiad (regional and state wins), Technology Student Association(regional and state wins), TSA Presidential Award, High School Diplomat

    Subjective:
    Extracurriculars:
    - Technology Student Association (Historian of Northern Virginia + President of High
    School)
    - Student Council (Chair)
    - Science Olympiad (Engineering Captain)
    - CavHack (school hackathon) - Director of Sponsorships
    - Journalism - Director of Student Recruitment

    Job/Work Experience:
    - Ben and Jerry's (Since freshman year)

    Summers:
    - Research at George Mason University; published research in microbiology
    -Research at Georgetown University in molecular biology
    - Participated in High School Diplomats

    Essays:
    - My college major and how I chose Chemistry; linked cancer and research
    - Experience in cultural exchange; issues I had with my roommates.
    - Journey as a person throughout high school; evolution into the person I am today
    - Unique quirks and being accepting of them; vocalizing everything

    Other:
    Applied for Financial Aid? Yes
    State: VA
    School Type: Public
    Ethnicity: Asian
    Gender: Male
    Hooks: Lots of Cancer in my family lol.

    Reflection:
    Strengths: Really good leadership + good summer stuff (research)
    Weaknesses: GPA,
    Why you think you were accepted: I tried to hit a bunch of different things in my essays as I did not want to be reduced to the Asian studying STEM.
    Where else were you accepted: UVA, William & Mary + waiting on 10 more!
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  • HazelizaHazeliza 5 replies0 threads New Member
    Waitlisted

    Political Science

    OOS
    High school type: Public

    Female

    UC Unweighted GPA: 3.9
    UC Capped Weighted GPA: 4.06
    UC Fully Weighted GPA: 4.26

    Comments about course load (including senior year): 10 APs total (7 of which are senior year) with 2 honors courses
    SAT (total and sections): 1510, math 790, reading 720
    SAT Subject Tests (if any): Math II (760) United States Government (710)
    AP exams (scores in parentheses): Physics 1 (4), English Lang (4), United States History (5)

    Extracurriculars: Volleyball (Club and school), Math Team, Mock Trial (Founder and President), Model UN (High ranking awards and Vice President), Speech Team (Numerous tournament wins and event leader), Peaceable Schools Initiative, School Orchestra, Musical Pit, Girls in Engineering Mathematics and Science,
    Job/Work Experience: Hostess for 10/15 hours a week
    Volunteer/Community service: Yearly help to organize and run an Irish Dance Competition
    Summer Activities: Babysitting, tutoring, working
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  • LGCarolTLGCarolT 1 replies0 threads New Member
    ACCEPTED - In State white female
    Major: Pre-Business Economics
    GPA UW: 4.O
    GPA W: 4.6
    SAT: 1570 ... 800 math
    AP exams: Physics 1 (4), Calc AB (5), English (4), Spanish Language (5)
    EC: editor in chief of school newspaper, JV sports, volunteering, summer journalism institute
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  • jajuliejajulie 40 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Waitlisted

    Merit scholarships awarded (if any): Invited to apply for alumni scholarship

    Major (and division if applicable) applied to: Psychology

    Academic stats:

    UC Unweighted GPA: 3.8
    UC Capped Weighted GPA: 4.12
    UC Fully Weighted GPA: 4.44
    Eligibility in Local Context?: N/A

    Rank, percentile rank, or percentile range (if available): 41/414 (top 10%)
    Comments about course load (including senior year): 8 APs, rest honors
    SAT (total and sections): 1290
    ACT (total and sections): 27
    SAT Subject Tests (if any): 610 bio
    AP exams (scores in parentheses): 3 AP Seminar, 3 AP Lang, 3 AP Biology
    IB exams (score in parentheses): N/A
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): Okinawa Peace scholarship recipient, 1st place in Japanese speech contest, Smith College Book Award, art work displayed in city fair and art walk, and AP Capstone diploma candidate

    Subjective:

    For the following, indicate level of recognition or award (e.g. local, state, national, international) and/or leadership roles:
    Extracurriculars: VP Future Medical Professionals of America (FMPA) Club, VP Red Cross Club, member in all honor societies, essay tutor, equity leader
    Job/Work Experience: N/A
    Volunteer/Community service: Weekly volunteer at local SPCA, hospital, and Red Cross
    Summer Activities: Summer Exchange program to Japan through YFU

    Essays (topics, details): Talked about my experience with bullying and moving across the country, how my grandparents met in WWII where my grandfather was a marine and met my grandmother in Japan and how that connected to my identity and study abroad, battle with scoliosis and heart palpitations, and my passion for learning various languages and cultures

    Demographics:

    State (if domestic applicant): Virginia
    Country (if international applicant): US
    High school type: Medium sized public

    Gender: Female

    Applied for financial aid?: Yes
    Highest level of parent education: Bachelors and associates
    Living with both, one, or no parents?: Both
    Income bracket: 100,000

    Reflection:

    Strengths: Essays
    Weaknesses: Stats (especially standardized tests and had to take lower levels courses to catch up when I moved states)
    Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: My stats were nowhere near the typical accepted applicant, but my essays may be keeping me from being rejected
    Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected:
    Accepted: UCI, UCSB, UCSC, UCD, UCSD, UW (scholarship), VCU (scholarship)
    Waitlisted: UVA, UCLA, Reed
    Rejected: UChicago, Georgetown

    [ab]General Comments: Congratulations to everyone who was accepted, and good luck to everyone in their future endeavors!
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  • evemar3186evemar3186 11 replies2 threads New Member
    ACCEPTED

    Major: Undeclared Social Sciences

    Academic stats:

    UC Unweighted GPA: 3.98
    UC Weighted GPA: 4.65

    Course load: Full IB Diploma (completed Algebra 2 a year earlier) and 2 AP's
    SAT: 1250

    Extracurriculars/Job Experience/Volunteering Experience:
    - Family member caretaker
    - 3 years assisting the Lynwood Youth Advocacy Group
    - 3 years as mentor for a community education program
    - 1 year as organizer of an independent book drive
    - Co-founder of 2 clubs: a community club and an in-school club
    - 2 years as mentor/tutor/assistant for Think Together
    - Intern for school district
    - Member of multiple community groups
    - Translator for district board meetings
    - Treasurer for NHS
    - Accumulated 1000+ community service hours

    Summer Activities:
    - After 9th Grade: Completed Algebra 2
    - After 10th Grade: Worked in a small shop
    - After 11th Grade: Attended the USC Bovard Scholars Program and the Cal-SOAP program

    Personal Insight essays (details):
    1. Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes or contributed to group efforts over time.
    - For this PIQ, I wrote about the leadership role I have in my family and how it connects to the leadership role I have in my community.

    2. Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side.
    - For this PIQ, I wrote about my experience as a self-taught dancer. I explained my mindset as I choreograph a dance and execute it.

    3. Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.
    - I wrote about my experience at the USC Bovard Scholars program and how it impacted my entire academic mindset.

    4. Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.
    - I wrote about my collaboration with GirlsBuildLA to begin Girls Who Code in my community.

    Demographics

    State: CA
    High school type: Public

    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Hispanic

    *Applied for need-based financial aid*

    Reflection

    Strengths: Personal Insight Questions and Extracurricular Activities

    Weaknesses: Test Scores

    Where else were you accepted/wait-listed/rejected by?: Accepted to - UCSD, UCI, USC, Occidental, Case Western Reserve University, Pitzer, CSULB, Cal Poly Pomona, CSUF, CSUDH. Rejected by UChicago and wait-listed to Pomona College, Oberlin College, and Grinnell College (finish your supplemental essays y'all).

    General Comments: Colleges will review your application holistically, so give yourselves a chance and apply. Don't do the admissions officers' job for them : )
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  • dha0963dha0963 14 replies0 threads New Member
    Decision: Waitlisted

    Merit scholarships awarded (if any): N/A

    Major (and division if applicable) applied to: Pre-Data Theory

    Academic stats:

    Calculate your GPAs with https://rogerhub.com/gpa-calculator-uc/
    UC Unweighted GPA: 4.0
    UC Capped Weighted GPA: 4.25
    UC Fully Weighted GPA: 4.25
    ELC (top 9%): yes

    Comments about course load (including senior year): Total of 7 APs but only submitted 2 AP scores. I also took band every year. My school didn’t offer honors classes, so you either had to go with the full rigor of an AP class or take the normal base level class.
    SAT (total and sections): 1430 (690 English, 740 Math, 6/4/6 Essay)
    ACT (total and sections): N/A
    SAT Subject Tests (if any): Math Level 2 (690), Literature (660) (It was a pretty rough ride there)
    AP exams (scores in parentheses): AP Lang (4), APUSH (3)
    IB exams (score in parentheses): N/A
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): none major, won a few minor ones within some of my extracurriculars

    Subjective:

    For the following, indicate level of recognition or award (e.g. local, state, national, international) and/or leadership roles: 1st chair clarinet in band, junior instructor at my martial arts school. Won awards for outstanding performance in band and outstanding leadership in karate
    Extracurriculars: Band (4 years), Karate (4 years), Robotics (2 years), Physics Club (1 year), Newspaper (1 year, I helped to restart the school’s newspaper in my senior year since it had gone without one for awhile)
    Job/Work Experience: Snowman Hot Chocolate at San Jose’s Christmas in the Park Event
    Volunteer/Community service: I volunteered regularly at my local library for a little bit and I did my school’s CSF club.
    Summer Activities: N/A (although some of my ECs required over the summer commitments)

    Personal insight essay topics:
    Prompt 1: Leadership in karate and helping troublesome kids become more disciplined
    Prompt 2: Creativity by folding origami and using my creations in life.
    Prompt 3: Skills developed in clarinet playing/music and how I used this knowledge outside of band.
    Prompt 8: Probably a somewhat abnormal topic, learning about the environment around me and how I tend to research random things that I notice when I’m just walking around in different places

    Letters of recommendation/Augmented Review: N/A

    Demographics

    State (if domestic applicant): CA (San Jose/Bay Area)
    Country (if international applicant):
    High school type: Public

    Gender: Male
    Race/ethnicity: Asian (Vietnamese and Chinese)

    Applied for need-based financial aid?: Yes

    Highest level of parent education: Bachelor’s
    Living with both, one, or no parents?: Both
    Relation to alumni of college: none

    Reflection

    Strengths: Essays were true to me, GPA and SAT okay compared to other people at my school
    Weaknesses: Subject tests, Not many ECs related to my major
    Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Stats to some extent, but essays more likely had a big role since I’m average/below average for UCLA
    Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected:
    Accepted: NAU, UH Manoa, Colorado School of Mines, SJSU, SDSU (honors), CPP, CPSLO, UCR, UCSC, UCD, UCI, SCU
    Waitlisted: UCSD, UCSB, UCLA
    Waiting on: Berkeley, USC, Cornell, UPenn

    General Comments: Grateful not to be outright rejected. Also I say this on all my replies because I think it’s important to know: Many of the kids at my school have gotten some odd results, college admissions really are kind of crazy and unpredictable. Academics are important but make sure you put effort into ECs and essays so your character and personality can still shine through on your applications. Ultimately, college is what you make of it and you aren’t defined by where you go, so if things don’t seem to be going your way don’t let the admissions process discourage you!
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  • RapidLUxRapidLUx 7 replies8 threads New Member
    edited March 23
    Decision: Admitted

    Major (and division if applicable) applied to: EnviroSci/Geo

    Academic stats:

    Rank, percentile rank, or percentile range (if available): 1/330

    SAT (total and sections): 1480

    ACT (total and sections): Did not Take

    SAT Subject Tests (if any): Bio- 770

    AP exams (scores in parentheses): Geography 5, Environmental Science 5

    IB exams (score in parentheses): 43 (777HL, 766SL, AA TOK/EE)- November 2019 Session

    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): Bronze Medal- International Geography Olympiad

    Extracurriculars:
    Varsity Tennis and Squash Captain, Marketing director of a business providing post-natal care packages for new mums (won start-up company of the year award). Research at the University of Auckland (2 research papers on Geography and Resource Management).

    Job/Work Experience: Coach at local tennis club, Food and beverage steward at sporting events.

    Volunteer/Community service: Volunteer for a sporting agency


    Essays (topics, details): Journey through going to the gym, love for EDM, love for Geography, can't remember last one :neutral:


    Country (if international applicant): New Zealand!
    High school type: Co-educational Private High school

    Gender: Male
    edited March 23
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  • kiwibotkiwibot 23 replies0 threads Junior Member
    ADMITTED - COMPUTER SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

    SAT: 1570, subj math2 800, chem 800, physics 800 all first try
    GPA: 4.0uw/4.7w
    12 APs: 5 senior yr; calc BC (5)/AB subset (5), physics C (5), cs A(5), stats (5), world hist (5), apush (4) + 2 college courses related to major
    NMF; 4x AIME; 4-yr varsity sport; good ECs with leadership and duration; cosmos
    in-state asian male
    accepted: UIUC (james scholar); UW (p&g $33k award); UCLA; UCSD; UCD (regents); UCI (CHC+regents+deans); UCSB
    rejections: none
    awaiting UCB

    i used CC for my older one so i thought i should contribute this time around. this acceptance is the hardest and most surprising. would've been ok with 2nd choice in COE. to those who think UCs protect yield, he proved them wrong with all acceptances. it's important not only to have good stats but also have focused ECs with depth. essays are super important and don't write fluff. focus on why you do what you do and how the experience affected you and others. stand out with authenticity and a story arc which makes reading more interesting. :wink:
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  • s0ckpills0ckpill 16 replies1 threads Junior Member
    edited March 24
    Decision: Rejected

    Merit scholarships awarded (if any): None

    Major (and division if applicable) applied to: Computer Science

    Academic stats:

    UC Unweighted GPA: 4.00
    UC Capped Weighted GPA: 4.32
    UC Fully Weighted GPA: 4.50
    ELC (top 9%): Yes

    Comments about course load (including senior year):
    Courseload was fairly tedious for my school, but not too crazy. I did get straight A's junior year though which is not too common considering I took some of the harder classes at my school like AP Chem and APUSH
    ACT (total and sections): 35, Math: 36, Sci: 36, Read: 35, Eng: 34
    SAT Subject Tests (if any): Math II: 790, Chem: 800
    AP exams (scores in parentheses): CS A (5), Calc AB (5), Chem (5), APUSH (3)

    Subjective:

    For the following, indicate level of recognition or award (e.g. local, state, national, international) and/or leadership roles:
    Extracurriculars: only listing main things:
    - marching band section leader and soloist for 11th/12th
    - Eagle scout
    - Officer of 2 clubs
    Job/Work Experience: Paid intern at a tech company, made a really cool project that was shown to various clients of the company
    Volunteer/Community service: eagle scout stuff mainly
    Summer Activities: internship

    Personal insight essay topics:
    - My internship and why I liked CS, wrote about my dad cause he does CS
    - Developed greatest skill wrote about leadership and how as marching band section leader it was a skill I gained over time rather than being an instant thing. Tried to show personal growth
    - making community a better place wrote about eagle scout project where I made hygiene kits for the homeless
    - hardest challenge I wrote about how I had a friend who was getting into drugs so I was pulled in two directions but decided to overcome that and leave him as a friend. This was also why I got some B's freshman year

    Demographics

    State (if domestic applicant): California
    High school type: VERY competitive

    Gender: Male
    Race/ethnicity: Asian

    Applied for need-based financial aid?: Yes

    Highest level of parent education: Masters
    Living with both, one, or no parents?: both
    Relation to alumni of college: None

    Reflection

    Strengths: GPA/ACT
    Weaknesses: My extracurriculars are kinda too well rounded I think, stopped me from being as CS focused as some kids are. Also got some B's freshman year but 4.0 since then so it might show growth but they were still B's.
    Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Probably GPA/ACT
    edited March 24
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