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β€’ 04/29/2020 at 03:34PM

What are my chances of getting into UCs?

I live in the Philippines but I am studying in an online high school in the United States. I am currently a sophomore, but I will be graduating early since I went on a leave from school last year due to health reasons.

Stats-wise, I do not have that great of a GPA due to one C before my leave. I was not in the best state, and it really brought my grades down. I currently have a 3.76 UW and I will have taken 3 APs and 6 honor classes by the time I apply to colleges. I took the SAT once in my freshman year as a practice test and scored a 1350. However, I will be taking the ACT in July as my scores in the practice tests were at least a 32.

In terms of extracurriculars, I would say that I am a bit above average. I competed in 2 international math contests and received bronze and silver medals. During my (first) sophomore year, I joined math trainings every weekend and qualified to nationals. After that, I was qualified to join the summer Olympiad training for one month. I founded the first Gavel Club, under Toastmasters International, in my city and served as President for two terms. I was President in another organization that I have joined since I was 10 years old and raised around 100,000 Philippine pesos for our charity works. I tutored math in my online school for one semester. I've been playing the piano for 11 years, and I started figure skating this year. I am a member of the medical club in our school, and I plan to take up a leadership role in my last year. Lastly, I have a YouTube channel and Instagram account for studying tips, notes, and bullet journal.

UCLA and UCB would definitely be a long reach for me, but what are my chances of getting into the other UCs?

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1 answer

β€’ 04/29/2020 at 06:38PM

I think you have a very good chance of getting into the other UCs! Your extracurriculars are definitely above average, I wouldn't worry about that at all. Your GPA is fine too, and is made up for by all your other extracurriculars. The SAT doesn't matter as much as it used to--I know a girl who got into UCSB with a 1100 SAT score. I also know a guy who got into UCB with a 3.5ish GPA and good extracurriculars. UCLA and UCB would be a target school, but of course, the UC process is very random and nothing is guaranteed. (But I do believe that the lower UCs are pretty much in the bag). I would definitely recommend applying to harder schools like the Ivies and Stanford, you have a good chance of getting in. Keep up the good work, you're going to go very far!

[🎀 AUTHOR]@denisepflo04/29/2020 at 07:19PM

Thank you so much! The whole college application process has been making me very anxious, but this definitely gave me a bit more hope.

@Cadence04/29/2020 at 07:21PM

No problem! I wouldn't worry at all about the UCs. Aim for higher schools because you have a good shot! I would say that you're a great, well-rounded candidate for Stanford University.