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B in precalc, to engineer or not to engineer at UCB and UCLA

SimplyBMWSimplyBMW Registered User Posts: 234 Junior Member
edited November 2012 in What Are My Chances?
Junior year first semester I got a B in precalc. Every math class before that and after that semester has been A's. I've taken almost all the AP classes my school offers. The biggest conundrum for me has been if I should apply as Electrical Engineering to UCLA and UCB or to letters and sciences as a physics major. Since the engineering colleges put more emphasis on math and science, I'm afraid the B in precalc and a 3 on the AP Chem test will lower my chances in that department. If I apply and get in as a physics major, I probably would apply to transfer into the engineering college after the first semester. Which path to take?

Objective:[ /b]
    [ *] SAT I (breakdown): 2130 (690 CR, 750 M,720 W) [Taken Once] [ *] ACT: [33 composite, 33 english, 34 math, 30 reading, 35 science, 33 combined english/writing, 9 writing] [ *] SAT II: Math II 800, Chem 720, US History 690 [ *] Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.96; but weighted in 4.27 (UC) [ *] Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): N/A [ *] AP (place score in parenthesis): AP Euro (3), AP U.S. History (4), AP Chemistry (3), AP English Language & Composition (4), AP Calculus AB (?), AP Microeconomics (?), AP English Lit & Composition (?), AP U.S. Government & Politics (?), AP Physics (?) [ *] IB (place score in parenthesis): N/A [ *] Senior Year Course Load: AP U.S. Government & Politics, AP Language & Composition, AP Calculus AB, AP Microeconomics, AP Physics, Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Engineering tech. [ /list]
Subjective:[ /b]
    [ *] Extracurriculars: First Oboe and First Alto Sax. Honors concert band. First degree black belt in Karate and 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo, Dance Club President, Programming Club, (More but not stated in application) [ *] Job/Work Experience: Taekwondo Martial Arts Assistant [ *] Volunteer/Community service: 200+ hours volunteering at hospital, time spend fixing, building, and deleting viruses off of computers with my dad. Beyond Borders, Relay for Life Committee, Church's annual bilingual play [ *] Summer Activities: Work, Stanford Jazz Camp, various camps [ *] Essays: Wrote about martial arts and chess. Turned out well. [ *] Teacher Recommendation: I hope very good! Got my AP English Lang./US Hist. Teacher and my Chemistry teacher. [ *] Counselor Rec: My counselor wrote about my solving her rubik's cube. [ *] Additional Rec: [ *] Interview: [ /list]
Other[ /b]
    [ *] State (if domestic applicant): CA [ *] Country (if international applicant): N/A [ *] School Type: Public [ *] Ethnicity: Chinese [ *] Gender: Male [ *] Income Bracket: $100,000 - $150,000 [ *] Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):
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