What do you think is the greatest factor for UCs?

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By Exy1e (Exy1e) on Thursday, March 25, 2004 - 01:13 am: Edit

Although I know that UC's are suppose to look at the whole overview of your high school career, out of these, which do you think is the most important factor, like which would hold the most weight in deciding who gets in or not?
GPA / AP classes
Personal Statement

From what i've seen, it's GPA.

By Bigfatty (Bigfatty) on Thursday, March 25, 2004 - 01:17 am: Edit

I say the essay and the GPA. Then SAT scores, EC and the AP courses.

By Reverie (Reverie) on Thursday, March 25, 2004 - 01:27 am: Edit

GPA and classes, SAT II, SAT I, EC & Essay

By Thedad (Thedad) on Thursday, March 25, 2004 - 01:30 am: Edit

Flip the last two and Reverie has it right.

By Charlez (Charlez) on Thursday, March 25, 2004 - 01:31 am: Edit

AP courses

its comprehensive review so not like theres ONE thing that will guarantee u admissions

By Thedad (Thedad) on Thursday, March 25, 2004 - 01:40 am: Edit

AP courses aren't so much a factor beyond having 8 semesters counted in your GPA and being evaluated as part of your overall strength of schedule...it's not as if they count AP courses and go "Oooh!"

By Exy1e (Exy1e) on Thursday, March 25, 2004 - 01:40 am: Edit

hmm well from what i've seen on this board, GPA does seem to have an overwhelming factor. I.e. you only need 650-700 sat ii's and like a high 1200 and if you have a 4.3+ gpa, then you're in at UCLA (provided you have pretty good e.c.'s)

By Invisible (Invisible) on Thursday, March 25, 2004 - 01:53 am: Edit

Well, judging from what's been going on at MY school....everyone with high SAT scores and low to mediocre GPAs got in....ie, this one girl...3.7 weighted GPA 1450 SAT score...in. My best friend.....4.3 gpa 1300 SAT....out. By the way, I'd say my friend had better ECs than the other girl I mentioned. But then again, this is apparently only happening at my school.

By Brandnew (Brandnew) on Thursday, March 25, 2004 - 01:57 am: Edit

im an example of the high SAT and low GPA that got in
(admitted to UCLA and every other UC so far except berkeley, which comes out on the 30th..)

1530 SAT
770/770/710 SAT2s

3.5 weighted GPA, no AP courses in junior year, 2 honors courses (F in one and C in the other)

i have a good explanation for my grades though due to a family situation, im not actually that dumb. I took 4 AP courses this year and got 3 As and a B..

By Ptm (Ptm) on Thursday, March 25, 2004 - 01:59 am: Edit

Don't forget the one most important factor - luck.

My stats:
UC GPA 3.95
SAT I: 1440(700v/740m)
770(us history)
750(math iic)
Good EC's
Good Essay

My friend's stats:
UC GPA 4.3
SAT I: 1460
SAT II: 780+ in all three
VERY good EC's
I assume a good essay


By John2004 (John2004) on Thursday, March 25, 2004 - 02:04 am: Edit

Well, a lot of the people in the top 20 of my school got rejected by the UCs

By Bodlego (Bodlego) on Thursday, March 25, 2004 - 03:29 am: Edit

GPA for sure

wich is kinda sad, bc SAT dosn't seem to redeem for screwing up a year -_-

By Flyguy (Flyguy) on Thursday, March 25, 2004 - 09:42 am: Edit

Essay/GPA Tied for Berkeley

I swear to god, they revere it as highly as the GPA.

By Mkhman (Mkhman) on Thursday, March 25, 2004 - 06:57 pm: Edit

It is different for every UC school, Berkeley for instance i know cares a lot about the Essay it is about #4 or #3 with the GPA #1, Other schools like Davis have the Essay as #6, The SAT II and SAT I together probably follow the GPA always.

By Exy1e (Exy1e) on Thursday, March 25, 2004 - 09:01 pm: Edit

thanks for your input, good to know that berkeley counts the essay high because i believe i wrote a pretty good essay..although..that's my personal belief..ahhh berkeley comes out soon!!

By Rebelnchic (Rebelnchic) on Thursday, March 25, 2004 - 09:05 pm: Edit

Im gonna go with TEST SCORES.
My friend, the saluatorian at my school (one b) was rejected from LA and SD

By Highschoolstu (Highschoolstu) on Friday, March 26, 2004 - 06:35 pm: Edit

Does EC count as a REALLY important factor? what if you don't have it? does it mean that you would not be able to get into any UC?

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