UC schools still possible??
I am going to be senior next year, and planning to apply for some colleges, but with me being the only one who can speak english in my family without trouble, I am struggling…
Please help me figure out if UC or USC is still possible:
-Moved from foreign country 7 years ago
-High School GPA of 3.36 (grad. 2008)
-attends college also (completed 32 units)
-College GPA 3.6
-Community Service Club President
(club with 600 active members)
-High School Student Leader (ASB) for 3 years
(Elected as Junior and Senior class officer)
– 2 F’s in Math Course
(BUT retook in private school & got A’s)
-Good amount of recognition from city and school.
-Team sports: golf and T&F during freshmen year, and continued T&F until Sophomore year.
-Extra curricular acitivity: Instrument for 13 years.
-SAT: 1800 and SAT2 foreign lang: 780
In general, to prepare for UC schools, you should complete the a-g requirements (ask your counselor for the approved courses at your high school or check online at http://www.ucop.edu/doorways/ ), study and do well in your high school courses and standardized tests (SAT Reasoning Test and/or ACT with Writing Assessment, and at least two SAT Subject Tests), take as many honors and/or AP courses as you can handle (or take community college courses in the a-g subject areas that are UC-transferable), participate in educational preparation programs available at your high school (see a list on my blog), and commit to one or two extracurricular activities in which you develop leadership skills (more is not better, quality is better than quantity).
UCs (including Berkeley and UCLA) will weigh the following components of your application (in the order of importance): 1) your essay (the UC System publishes the topics and guideline on how to write your personal statement at: http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/undergrad_adm/apply/how_apply/personal_statement.html ) about your background, academic achievement, talent or extracurricular activities that highlight your motivation, dedication, and/or initiative to achieve, your potential to contribute to the university, and any special circumstances like hardship; 2) your grades and any grade trends (improvements are better than just maintaining a high GPA); 3) your test scores, including SAT and/or ACT, SAT II; and 4) number of AP courses completed compared to the number of AP courses offered at your high school. Other factors are taken into consideration, but to a lesser extent.
USC is the best, as good as UC Berkerly, much better than UCLA, but very expensive, though they do give financial aid
You can apply to a lot (maybe all) of the UCs at once, with one application, so do that. Write a really good essay: I’m convinced that’s the most important part.
Good luck to you kid!
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