What are my chances of getting into UCLA?
i have 40 hours of community serivce
i play 2 sports
i take a lot of psat stuff and i plan on taking the sat next spring.
no extra clubs or anything though
im only just becoming a junior so theres a lot of room for improvement.
Leave tips or advice
work on taking AP classes and higher level classes, and getting A’s in them, and also have more ECs (although i understand 2 sports is alot). Good luck to you
On the other hand, extra-curricular activities, talent/ability, character/personal qualities, volunteer work, and work experience are all considered “important” factors.
The Princeton Review also has an admissions selectivity rating on a scale from 66-99. On this website, UCLA was ranked at 98, so you know (as I’m sure you already do) that UCLA is very selective.
I would recommend buckling down and raising your GPA. Studying in advance for the SAT would be a good idea, also. You may even want to take an SAT prep course and maybe get tutoring to improve your GPA.
ETA: I also found that 29% of the applicants to UCLA are accepted.
Do you live in California or outside Cali? Living in California is a plus if you want to go to UCLA, otherwise it’s harder. Either way, you really want to aim for as high an SAT score as you can get. Also, see if you can get into a club or two that you WANT to be in, not just going for the heck of it or to put it on your application. Because that would be wasted time.
To prepare for UCLA, 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 and/or ACT, and SAT II), take as many honors and/or AP courses as you can handle (and/or take community college courses that are in the a-g subject areas and 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).
UCLA will weigh the following components of your application (in the order of importance): 1) your essay (UCLA publishes a guideline on how to write your personal statement at: http://www.admissions.ucla.edu/prospect/PerStmt.htm ) about your 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.
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