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What are my chances?

gxbee1gxbee1 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
I am currently a Junior and planning to apply to these colleges next year:

Rutgers University (In-state)
Stevens Institute of Technology (In-state)
New York University (Out-of-state)
University of California Los Angeles (Out-of-state)
University of California Santa Barbra (Out-of-state)
University of Southern California (Out-of-state)

With my stats listed below, what are my chances?

GPA:
Weighted: 3.9
Unweighted: 3.7

New SAT:
1200

Extra Curriculars:
National Technical Honor Society - 2 years (President)
History Club - 2 years
Science Club - 2 years
Teens Against Homeless Club - 2 years
National Honor Society - 1 year

Classes:
Freshman: All regular classes

Sophomore: All regular classes except for Honors Biology

Junior: Honors Algebra II, Honors Chemistry, Honors English III, Honors U.S. History II, College Composition (local community college class), Spanish 2, Computer Science Principles

Senior: Honors English IV, Honors Pre-Calculus, Honors Physics, AP U.S. History, AP Computer Science
(Planning to take next year)

Replies to: What are my chances?

  • GumbymomGumbymom Forum Champion UC Posts: 25,010 Forum Champion
    First, since you are an OOS applicant for the UC’s, make sure your parents are willing to pay full fees at $65K/year to attend. OOS students get little to no financial aid from the UC’s.

    That said, you would need to calculate your UC capped weighted and fully weighted UC GPA based on the a-g courses taken 10-11th grades. Weighted classes for OOS applicants only include AP/IB courses taken 10-11th grades not HS designated Honors classes.

    Here is the calculator: https://rogerhub.com/gpa-calculator-uc/

    Your GPA is within range for UCSB but low for UCLA. Your SAT score is well below the. 25th percentile for UCLA and also low for UCSB.

    Here is some UC statistical data listed below.

    2018 UC capped weighted GPA averages:
    UCB: 4.23
    UCLA: 4.23
    UCSD: 4.16
    UCSB: 4.13
    UCI: 4.13
    UCD: 4.11

    25th - 75th percentiles for SAT:
    UCB: 1360-1540
    UCLA: 1340-1540
    UCSD: 1300-1520
    UCSB: 1270-1500
    UCD: 1220-1480
    UCI: 1230-1490

    UCLA will be a High Reach along with USC and UCSB will be a Reach unless you can bump up your test scores. Make sure all these schools are affordable to sit down with your parents and ask about your college budget. No point in applying if these schools are not within your budget.
  • SJ2727SJ2727 Registered User Posts: 838 Member
    Your SAT score looks low in comparison to your GPA. For example, your GPA is a match for NYU but your SAT is far below the 25th percentile (range is 1350-1530). Suggest redoing SAT or perhaps look at ACT, which suits some students better.

    Also, you might be light on some of the preferred coursework. Is the above correct that you are only doing 2 years of Spanish? Some colleges want to see more - referencing NYU again (because I’m most familiar with it of the ones on your list) they require 3 and prefer 4 years of a foreign language.

    Echoing gumbymom about costs - do you know what your parents can pay?

    Have you thought about some safeties?
  • BamaDude87BamaDude87 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    If I were you, I would work hard to get that SAT score up. Your chances at those schools will rise a lot if you can get it up to a 1400. I studied with the Khan Academy online FREE prep and raised my 24 ACT score to a 1430 SAT score. I would highly recommend Khan Academy's program.
  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston Registered User Posts: 14,707 Senior Member
    The UC's give no need based aid to OOS applicants. Your stats would not qualify you for the minimal merit aid they do give. USC and NYU are pretty much out of reach unless you get that SAT way up.
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