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What are my chances of getting into Berkeley?

Samv2013Samv2013 Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
edited November 2012 in What Are My Chances?
I'm a senior this year, White, and wanted to know what you guys think my chances of getting into Cal are.

My sister goes to Cal, i'm a first generation college student, and my intended major is Environmental Policies at the College of Natural Resources.


9th Grade
Student Gov't: B, A
Honors Literature: B, A
Geometry: B, B
Honors Biology: B, C
Spanish 1: C, C
AVID 1: B, A

10th Grade:
Honors Lit: B, A
Algebra 2: C, B
AP European Hist: B, B
Honors Chem: B, B
Spanish 2: B, B
Soccer PE: A, A
AVID 2: A, A

11th Grade:
AP Literature: A, A
Honors Pre-Calc: B, B
Honors History: A, A
AP Enviro Sci: B, B
Cheer PE: A, A
AVID 3: A, A

12th Grade: (Currently Taking)
AP Calculus AB
AP Government/Econ
AP Literature
Ceramics 1/2

WGPA: 3.8
SAT: 1560 (currently taking an SAT class, hopefully get to around 1800)

Extra Curriculars:
-1 out of 8 kids chosen out of the US by Coca-Cola to go to the 2010 World Cup all expenses paid
-4 Year Varsity Soccer
2 year team captain
2010 MVP
2012 First Team All-League
-2 year Varsity Cheerleader, 1 Year JV Cheerleader
-United States All American Cheerleader
-11 year Girl Scouts
Gold Award Recipient
Medal of Honor Award
-4 year Riverside Youth Council Member
2 Year Chair of Youth Civic Engagement Committee
-7 Years Club Soccer
-Freshman/Sophomore Homecoming Court
-2 Year Scholar Athlete
-Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Representative
-Rotary Youth Leadership representative
-3 Year Lead the Way Girl Scout member
-Counselor In Training I, II.
Certified Girl Scout Counselor
-Children of The American Revolution
-Adrenaline Athlete of the Month (March)
-Greening Forward Special Projects Manager
-IMPACT Academy for Youth member
-Many various community service hours

I lived a hard life, grew up in a sexually and physically abusive household. my father died freshman year and my mother went crazy on drugs. (thats why my grades were bad freshman and sophomore year) I went through a phase of no hope and did not care about life. I'm now a foster child and changed myself and have better grades (see junior year).

I know my grades aren't good and I'm trying to get mySAT scores up, but I'm hoping my many EC's and personal statement will help. What do you guys think?
Please! Chance me for Berkeley!
Post edited by Samv2013 on

Replies to: What are my chances of getting into Berkeley?

  • Samv2013Samv2013 Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    By the way, i'm an in-state resident.
  • Indianboy1Indianboy1 Registered User Posts: 103 Junior Member
    You definitely need to work on your SAT, as you know. If you can incorporate your hardships on your essay, then your essay could standout greatly
  • Samv2013Samv2013 Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    Can I get some more feedback, guys?
  • maiden13maiden13 Registered User Posts: 152 Junior Member
    Yes, your essay is essential for you to be a standout applicant at Berkeley. I would say it is a reach school, but as long as you work toward it, you have solid chances.
  • AeternusXAeternusX Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    I honestly don't know how to chance you (as a high school senior). While you definitely need work on your SAT, your personal circumstances are vastly different from that of most people. Your best bet would be to write a great essay, but you could also seek advice at the Berkeley subforum from parents/students who may have gone through similar situations/know someone who has.

    University of California - Berkeley - College Confidential

    Best of luck to you!
  • sbaderdeensbaderdeen Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    Actually, I would say that your SATs aren't in need of being improved. UC Berkeley does not see SAT scores as an important factor, and the only reason that their Median SAT scores are high is due to the fact that smart people who Berkeley accepts tend to have high SAT scores. I honestly see you getting into Berkeley by the skin of your teeth, you have terrific extracurriculars and your grades are competitive, that is really all that Berkeley looks at. If not Berkeley though, UC-LA and UC-San Diego would be happy to have you and are less competitive.
  • diegocortezdiegocortez Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    you can write an amazing essay about the challenges that you have overcame in your life. Berkeley doesnt look at freshman grades i think. im pretty sure UCs only look at sophmore and junior right? Well you do have a lower sat score than average but you have great ECs. I think you should get in. UCLA is actually more competitive than UCB nowadays but one of the two will definitely accept you
  • Samv2013Samv2013 Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    Guys, I got my other SAT's back and got a 1700. Do my chances go higher? Can you guys please give me more feedback? Thanks(:
  • Samv2013Samv2013 Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    Chance chance chance plzplzplz
  • Snoop1Snoop1 Registered User Posts: 112 Junior Member
    What was your SAT breakdown?
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