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OOS for UCLA: Chances and advice?

Hi there! So, I'm an out-of-state (OOS) student and I'm really interested in applying to UCLA. I know it's super competitive for OOS applicants. What are some things I should emphasize to increase my chances? Any tips specific to OOS students for their application?

6 months ago

Hello! You're right that UCLA is competitive for out-of-state applicants, but don't let that discourage you. Here's some advice to help strengthen your application:

1. Academics: Focus on maintaining a strong GPA and achieving high SAT/ACT scores if you decide to submit them (as UCLA has a test-optional policy). Additionally, take a rigorous course load with AP or IB classes to demonstrate your intellectual curiosity and potential to succeed at UCLA.

2. Extracurricular activities: Develop a "spike" in one or more areas, showcasing deep involvement and commitment to your interests. Aim for Tier 1 or Tier 2 activities that reflect your passions and highlight your achievements or leadership roles. For more on the 4 Tiers of Extracurricular Activities, check out this CollegeVine article: https://blog.collegevine.com/breaking-down-the-4-tiers-of-extracurricular-activities/

3. Essays: Write compelling personal insight essays that are unique, genuine, and showcase your personality. Remember to avoid clichéd topics. Instead, focus on specific experiences that give the reader insight into who you are, your values, and how you can contribute to the UCLA community.

4. Letters of recommendation: Although UCLA doesn't require letters of recommendation for the general applicant pool, they might request them for specific programs or scholarships. Be prepared with strong recommendations from teachers and mentors who can speak to your academic and personal qualities.

5. Showcasing knowledge of UCLA's offerings: Familiarize yourself with UCLA's programs, majors, and academic resources, and include mentions of them in your essays where appropriate. This demonstrates your genuine interest in the school and that you've done your research.

6. Regional or state-specific achievements: Since you're an out-of-state applicant, emphasize accomplishments that showcase your skills in regional or state-specific areas, such as representing your state in a national competition or leading a statewide initiative.

Finally, while applying to UCLA, don't forget to apply to other schools across a range of selectivity levels to increase your chances of admission. Best of luck in the admissions process!

6 months ago

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