The UC application

Recorded Monday, July 19 at 09:00 PM

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About this livestream


While most schools use the Common and Coalition Application, the University of California schools have their own application system. This school system has its own GPA calculation, testing policies, essay prompts, and more quirks that are important to be aware of if you're planning to apply.

Whether you want to get into Cal, UCLA, San Diego, Davis, Irvine, Riverside, Santa Cruz, or Santa Barbara, we have the ins and outs of the application so you can get started on your educational path to the UCs.

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Undergrad College: Boston University '20

Major: Medical Science

Graduate College: Boston University School of Medicine

Work Experience: I've been working at CollegeVine for 3 years mentoring students through BS/MD and undergraduate admissions. I am currently a medical student and have done research at Boston Medical Center, Dana-Farber, and the Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Yesh and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
1:26@saraht0enin:see and hear u :)
1:28@Henson:Hello! I can hear you!
7:51@saraht0enin:do they read on a rolling basis or wait until the 30th to read everyones?
7:59@stressedseniorlol:How do we know if we are in the top 9%?
9:27@stressedStudent:do they factor legacy into the application process?
13:08@BGFP:Do UCs offer full tuition or half to National Merit Finalist from out of state?
16:41@stressedStudent:is foreign language a requirement?
17:06@dion:Are you recording this and making it available to replay? My son couldn't make this event today.
17:35@stressedStudent:is the gpa weighted?
17:51@mich5250:If I haven't done any art in my 4 years of high school, am I no longer eligible to apply for a UC?
18:17@Michelle2021:Out-of-state GPA is 3.4, right? not 4.0
19:40@The-animal-guy:I have never taken a forgiven language. Does that mean I cannot get into a UC school.
19:42@The-animal-guy:Sorry I meant foreign language
20:42@mich5250:Is there a way to do this for full IB students?
21:23@stresseds3nior:What if we get a grade each semester, which do we use?
21:34@bsam64:I f I have taken community colle classes in high scholl how does this factor in UC GPA
21:54@stressedseniorlol:So the AP scores aren't looking cute this year, I still don't know my scores but Trevor Packer has everyone stressed on Twitter. Would you say it would look bad to not send in your scores? Is there an advantage to submitting scores even if they're not a 4 or a 5?
22:47@owenM:do my 12th grade year course selections count towards anything in this process?
23:43@dion:Is the maximum UC GPA 4.5 or 4.4?
23:49@saraht0enin:what if you have a pass or no pass grade bc of COVID
24:15@dion:Thanks, Priya!
25:09@batman:is A 90-100 or 92-100 ?
26:29@bsam64:if uc gpa is capped at 8 points ,if Ihave taken 8 APs and 3 college courses then I do not get any addl points for the college courses?
30:50@isabelle:from the UC link: Nonresidents: UC will grant honors weight for AP or IB courses and transferable college courses only, but not for school-designated honors courses. The weight is given to letter grades of A, B, or C.
30:59@stressedStudent:what if you are out-of-state then will the background matter more or less?
33:30@SSRoy:Any way to know easy what the A-H courses are that go into calculating GPA?
34:48@Aifos:Anyone else having trouble viewing the livestream?
36:53@owenM:I hear next year the UCs will be accepting fewer out of state students. Is this true? and any advice?
38:04@aashvijain:Where do we share our profiles?
38:06@saraht0enin:How to do we submit that info?
38:39@Sonalika:How will a student study in US high school but on a dependent H visa treated....domestic or internatiobal
39:56@The-animal-guy:I think you said but I am not sure if I understood it right but if you did not that at least 2 years of foreign language you cannot get into UC schools? Am I correct in this or can you still get in without foreign languages.
41:16@batman:Can international students get scholarships?
42:09@bsam64:Is it possible to update the UC application after the deadline? If so till what date can it be updated?
42:12@stressedStudent:what is the uc school for pre med?
43:22@The-animal-guy:Thanks so much.
43:24@batman:Can international students get scholarships?
43:40@dion:is a concussion/brain injury a negative?
46:00@stressedStudent:what is the best UC school for pre med
48:31@Wecanhearandseeyou:I was hit by a car this week and that has put a pause on my cycling career and my life and extracurriculars. How do I apply this to the application?
50:16@dion:What are the best UCs for cognitive science?
51:11@Realeducation:How does UCGPA vary from school to school for accepted student?
51:45@IH22:In terms of the "describe a challenge," how long should we describe the challenge? I know you're supposed to keep the mood of the essay positive (for the most part) and not "trauma dump," but how do we explain a challenge or setback without dwelling on it too much?
54:45@Realeducation:will the slide be available somewhere? I joined late
56:09@owenM:Thank you!
56:45@Henson:Thank you so much!


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