3 years ago
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Should I apply to be on the UC Berkeley waitlist?

I was waitlisted at UC Berkeley and accepted at UCLA. I'm thinking about applying to be on the Berkeley waitlist to still have the option and because it's my top choice. However, I'm not sure that I would be able to go to Berkeley anyway because of financials. Should I still apply to remain on the Berkeley waitlist even if there's a good chance I won't be able to go?

[🎤 AUTHOR]@beana3 years ago

Also-if I do apply, should I include my SAT score? The actual score could only help me, but I'm worried that because UC schools didn't look at SAT scores this year, they wouldn't take it into account or find it to be a nuisance.

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3 years ago

Hi there! Congrats on your acceptance to UCLA - what a great school! I'm a bit confused by what you mean by "apply" to be on the waitlist though. Do you mean accept your spot?

Also, what makes you think that you won't be able to afford UC Berkeley? UCLA and UC Berkeley have very similar costs and aid since they're both part of the UC system.

It generally does not hurt to try to get off the waitlist, especially if it's your top school. We have a guide and a few blog posts that may help: https://www.collegevine.com/questions/12432/collegevine-s-guide-to-getting-off-the-waitlist. You generally want to send an update letter and reiterate your interest. Since the UC schools were test blind and will not consider SAT scores going forward, you should not send your score.

Hope this helps, and best of luck!

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