The Ultimate Guide to UC Berkeley

Recorded Wednesday, January 27 at 10:30 PM

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University of California, Berkeley | UC Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

The original University of California campus, UC Berkeley is known for its rigorous academics and liberal culture.

Today, Elias will cover topics like Berkeley's campus and social life, academic and extracurricular opportunities, dorms, food, and more. He'll also break down Berkley's application process and admissions demographics and give you some tips on how to craft the best profile possible.

We'll also have a Q&A at the end of this livestream, so come prepared with all of your questions about UC Berkeley!

School information

University of California, Berkeley | UC Berkeley

Berkeley, CA
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Undergrad College: Harvard University '17

Major: Music

Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.

Work Experience: Now in my fourth year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored thousands more through my livestreams. Apart from my work at CV, I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist. I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston, and I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States.

My Admissions Story: Initially interested in pursuing a career as a performing cellist, I applied almost exclusively to music schools with dual and double degree options and ultimately enrolled in the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program. Unhappy with the combined program and worried I'd never feel like I was fully a student at either school, I logged back into in October of my freshman year. I can't say I went about the transfer process in the smartest way (I only applied to two schools!), but Harvard miraculously accepted me (or 'excepted me' as I wrote in a celebratory Facebook post that day - no one ever let me live that one down), and the rest was history.

Audience questions

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7:18@anonymous:Will we get these slides?
7:46@anonymous:So the acceptance rate is 17.6% but when using the CollegeVine chancing calculator it says 70%. What does that mean, and whats the difference?
17:07@JS1234:is there any disadvantage when applying as undeclared but later on change to a major? will it be harder to get admitted to a major or take longer time to finish graduation requirements?
18:54@haydensf:which school would computer science fall into?
20:24@anonymous:Is it true you need a 4.0++ tp get into UC Berkeley? Would a student with a 3,9 have any chance?
23:56@kkedhar:What do you know about the integrative biology major? It has prerequisites that are college courses at Berkeley, do I still put that major on my application? How does that affect admissions chances?
24:00@haydensf:Does UC take note of the amount of AP and Honors courses in senior year even if they don't look at the GPA?
29:00@anonymous:Thanks for presentation. I thought the UC schools are no longer requiring SAT or ACT for admissions; is this accurate?
29:46@stemcurious:How competitive is it to get into EECS for instate?
38:39@JS1234:what is the URL for GPA conversion for out of state student?
61:28@catasegura:Does UC Berkeley give out any type of merit aid/scholarship for international students? And if so, how often does this happen, what are the requirements?
62:17@sidney:Have you ever met an international student with full scholarship at Berkeley?
63:55@catasegura:Does UC Berkeley give out /have available any type of merit aid or scholarships for international students? And if so, how often does this happen?
64:33@lij1207:I think your video lags behind your audio
67:29@anonymous:Is it ever possible to have 70% acceptance chance at very selective schools?
69:54@mimi:I think the frozen may cause the low rating.
70:42@mimi:I had to refresh several times within one minute, esp when the session got into Q&A part.
71:29@anonymous:How often do people get into their reach schools? One of my dream schools is a reach but im uncertain how high or low my chances are?
73:16@anonymous:You give a lot of good info
73:20@sidney:What would stand me out more to UBC, essays or ECs?

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