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How bad does a C look on your high school transcript?

Aditi19Aditi19 4 replies1 threads New Member
edited January 2013 in What Are My Chances?
My UC GPA is a 4.1, BUT I have a 3.6 unweighted. Yes, I have taken into account the eight class cut off. It still is a 4.1.

I also have a good amount of extra curricular
6 week intern for a doctor/professor at UCI over two summers
Played oboe for 5 years
Danced for 13 years.
And there's some other stuff too I just don't want to list it out.

My main question is will the C have a major impact on me getting into a UC school besides Riverside, Merced, and Santa Cruz (I like those schools! I just want to go to a UC with a good biology program, I swear I have nothing against those three.)

I'm really scared, it was in Physics and I can't understand it if my life depended on it.

Also, I got the C first semester and dropped it second semester because I knew that it was going to be harder to not get a C. I'm pretty sure that will look bad, too. Please help!
edited January 2013
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  • JustinBryceJustinBryce 515 replies11 threads Member
    When did you get your C?
    UCs ignore freshman year
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  • Aditi19Aditi19 4 replies1 threads New Member
    It was in junior year so it does show up on my transcript.
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  • JustinBryceJustinBryce 515 replies11 threads Member
    A C will always look bad, but if your other grades are good (particularly in biology since that is what you want to major in) the UCs might forgive your Physics grade. Also coupled with a good SAT score (2000+) or a good ACT score (30+) you should be fine. Your weighted GPA is actually pretty good. For reference, UCB (the highest ranked UC school) had an average GPA of 4.16 for last year's admitted freshman. So I'd say you should be alright.

    Answer my question please? It is very similar to your question actually.
    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/college-admissions/1444129-bad-freshman-year.html
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  • fatherofmfatherofm 325 replies7 threads Member
    Could you post some SAT or ACT scores so that we can chance you rather than guess.
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  • Aditi19Aditi19 4 replies1 threads New Member
    Yes, the first time I took the SATs I got a 1940. But I am going to retake it 2 more times and hopefully do better. My goal is above a 2100.
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  • Shelton123Shelton123 26 replies9 threads Junior Member
    I know a girl who got two C's her junior year and got into UVA. If you rock the rest of your application, top schools might overlook it.
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  • fatherofmfatherofm 325 replies7 threads Member
    Get as many practice tests as possible. Proctored exams are provided by Princeton review and I highly recommend them. But you could take Barron"s and ask your family to give you a proctored exam. Our daughter has 2 Cs but a 2380 in SAT1, got into Vanderbilt. So, great things can happen to you if you can raise your SAT scores as high as possible.
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  • LoremIpsumLoremIpsum 3481 replies20 threads Senior Member
    A lone C won't help, but you should generally be OK as long as you are still in the top 10% of your class.
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  • Dream4LifeDream4Life 345 replies108 threads Member
    HOLY!... Someone please confirm what JustinBryce said is true, I got a C+ first semester of Geometry Honors, so I thought I was basically scrwed for all the uc's like berk. or LA. My unwiehgted is also a 3.6, don't know how to cal. UC gpa, some please tell me how to, and if what Justin said is truw, thanks!
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  • Aditi19Aditi19 4 replies1 threads New Member
    You can calculate your UC GPA by making all the AP/ WEIGHTED HONORS (look on the UC website for which honors classes are weighted and non-weighted) worth five points, and all of the non AP/H classes worth four. Add everything up and divide by the amount of classes(x2) you are taking. So for example my sophomore year only:

    AP Euro B/B
    H. Brit Lit (non weighted) A/A
    H Alg2/ Trig (non weighted) B/B
    Spanish 2 A/B
    Spanish 3 A/A
    Band A/A
    Chem B/B

    Weighted: (4+4+4+4+3+3+3+4+4+4+4+4+3+3)/7(2) or 51/14 = 3.67
    But keep in mind this is my UC GPA

    My unweighted is: 49/14 = 3.5

    And yes, they only take into account your sophomore and junior year.
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  • ininjaininja 19 replies2 threads New Member
    Unless you had more than 1 C on your transcript you should be fine.
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