5 months ago
Admissions Advice

Volunteer hours question

what if you weren't able to gain community service hour this year/over the summer, is it a red flag for me even considering the whole COVID situation and as a freshmen trying to apply for UCs in the future??


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5 months ago

I didn't know my freshman year that we were supposed to do community service, so I only started doing it towards the end. It might be a red flag for you since you are applying to UCs in the future. You see, many students still did their community service throughout the pandemic. There are/were many ways to get around the all-online pandemic.

You can still do community service this summer. There are many online platforms to find community service on. Personally, I like to do online tutoring, but there are many other ways to work on your community service hours.

Here are some general programs/sites I have used:


Climate Cardinals


Just a friendly reminder...

Don't just do your community service just to get your hours. Do it to help out others and make your community better. :)

5 months ago

From the UC admissions website (admission.universityofcalifornia.edu). (Note that there is no REQUIREMENT for volunteer hours - that is often a graduation requirement for high schools. However, they do want to see community service/involvement in general.)

1. Academic grade point average in all completed A-G courses, including additional points for completed UC-certified honors courses.

2. Number of, content of and performance in academic courses beyond the minimum A-G requirements.

3. Number of and performance in UC-approved honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate Higher Level and transferable college courses.

4. Identification by UC as being ranked in the top 9 percent of your high school class at the end of your junior year (Eligible in the Local Context, or ELC).

5. Quality of your senior-year program as measured by the type and number of academic courses in progress or planned.

6. Quality of your academic performance relative to the educational opportunities available in your high school.

7. Outstanding performance in one or more specific subject areas.

8. Outstanding work in one or more special projects in any academic field of study.

9. Recent, marked improvement in academic performance as demonstrated by academic GPA and the quality of coursework completed or in progress.

10. Special talents, achievements and awards in a particular field, such as visual and performing arts, communication or athletic endeavors; special skills, such as demonstrated written and oral proficiency in other languages; special interests, such as intensive study and exploration of other cultures; experiences that demonstrate unusual promise for leadership, such as significant community service or significant participation in student government; or other significant experiences or achievements that demonstrate the student's promise for contributing to the intellectual vitality of a campus.

11. Completion of special projects undertaken in the context of your high school curriculum or in conjunction with special school events, projects or programs.

12. Academic accomplishments in light of your life experiences and special circumstances, including but not limited to: disabilities, low family income, first generation to attend college, need to work, disadvantaged social or educational environment, difficult personal and family situations or circumstances, refugee status or veteran status.

13. Location of your secondary school and residence.

Hope this helps!


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