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Chance me because I think I'm not applying to enough matches....

budgie12budgie12 2 replies2 threads New Member
edited September 2019 in What Are My Chances?
Asian female
State: California
Will be applying as a bio major

Unweighted GPA: 3.98
Weighted (estimate): 4.37

SAT: 1550
SAT II: Math 2 (800), Bio E (800)
AP Classes: AP Bio (5), AP Calc AB (5), AP Lang (5), AP Seminar (4), AP Chem (2 LMAOO).
Senior Year Course Load: AP Physics, AP Research, AP Lit, AP Gov/Econ, AP Statistics

These are honestly not special, I’ve always just done what I’m interested/passionate in.
- Competitive horseback riding for 8 years, on two different teams
- Around 600 community service hours from volunteering at a wildlife rehabilitation center and as a camp counselor at a zoo.
- WWOOFed in Scotland this summer by myself for over a month.
- Camp counselor at an equine therapy program for kids
- Some smaller ECs not worth mentioning

No major awards, just an AP scholar whatever and USEF Lettering program grades 5-12.

I think I can make my essays stand out at least a little just because I'm very passionate about the things that I do even though they don't look great on paper.

Chance me for Brown, Pomona College, Northwestern, University of Southern California, UCLA, UCB, UCSB, UCI, UCD, and UCSD. (Accepted at ASU already)
edited September 2019
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  • GumbymomGumbymom Forum Champion UC 30723 replies442 threads Forum Champion
    UC capped weighted and Fully weighted GPA? https://rogerhub.com/gpa-calculator-uc/

    SAT subject tests?
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  • PublisherPublisher 11575 replies155 threads Senior Member
    You should receive strong consideration from all schools on your list. (Applying ED helps at Northwestern.)
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  • budgie12budgie12 2 replies2 threads New Member
    UC Unweighted GPA: 3.98
    Weighted Uncapped: 4.37
    Weighted and Capped: 4.23
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  • GumbymomGumbymom Forum Champion UC 30723 replies442 threads Forum Champion
    You are defintely very competitive but definitely not a shoe-in for the top UC’s. Best of luck

    2018 Freshman admit rates for UC GPA of 4.20 or above capped weighted and not major specific:
    UCB: 37%
    UCLA: 41%
    UCSD: 70%
    UCSB: 80%
    UCD: 89%
    UCI: 75%
    UCSC: 92%
    UCR: 96%
    UCM: 98%

    2019 UC capped weighted GPA averages:
    UCB: 4.23
    UCLA: 4.25
    UCSD: 4.23
    UCSB: 4.16
    UCI: 4.13
    UCD: 4.13
    UCSC: 3.96
    UCR: 3.90
    UCM: 3.73

    2019 Data:
    25th - 75th percentiles for SAT totals:
    UCB: 1340-1540
    UCLA: 1330-1550
    UCSD: 1300-1520
    UCSB: 1280-1520
    UCD: 1230-1490
    UCI: 1250-1510
    UCSC: 1200-1450
    UCR: 1130-1400
    UCM: 1020-1290
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  • tgl2023tgl2023 266 replies6 threads Junior Member
    I think that you stand a good chance (as in your application would make it to the small group/committee) at all of the schools on your list.
    I think that Hopkins is a match for you. Another possible match is University of Wisconsin, Madison; biochemistry, biology and chemistry there are top notch (research wise).
    Perhaps, consider University of Maryland, College Park as a low-match/high "safety". All (IS and OOS) who apply to UMD by Nov 1, will be considered for the Banneker-Key scholarships, a full award would pay for tuition, room-and-board and books. I met quite a few 2019 OOS Banneker-Key finalists at a function there.
    I'd say your chances for the above three are, in descending order: UMD, UW-Madison, Hopkins.
    As you already know, for the rest of your applications, concentrate on the all-important essays and short answers. Your ECs are fine; equine therapy is quite interesting. Perhaps talk about what lessons you have learned and how you have benefited from your ECs, not just on how you have helped others.
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  • chmcnmchmcnm 778 replies6 threads Member
    Any thoughts of being a veterinarian? If so maybe throw one or two schools with vet schools. You might have some research opportunities or ability to shadow.
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