When I found out that I was accepted to UCSB I was freaking shocked. I was sure that UCR would be my only option, because it was the only UC that I got accepted to. My friend, who also applied to UCSB, got rejected. I found it surprising, because he had a slightly higher SAT, GPA, and took AP classes during Soph. and Jr. years while I didn't. Also, he was involved in tennis and clubs and volunteered. For me, however, I had absolutely no ECs. I guess it must have been my personal statement?