Succes stories of getting into UC Irvine or UC Santa Barbara with a low (3.6-3.7ish) gpa?Answered
I would love to know your stories! UC Santa Barbara is my dream school, but I have a low GPA (3.63) and don't want to be too hopeful.
colleges care primarily about unweighted GPA and schedule rigor, and weighted GPA doesn't actually matter all that much (mainly because different schools weight GPA differently). a 3.63 unweighted and 3.88 UC GPA should give you a fine shot to get into UCSB. your essays are going to matter a lot, since they personal insight questions are a big deal for the UCs, but as long as your test scores are fine your academics should be more than enough to get you to the door.
Is that your unweighted GPA? My close friend who is headed to UCSD this fall had a similar UW GPA to you but had 4.1 W GPA. They got Cs in AP Chemistry, Bs in AP Calc AB, Honors Chem, Honors Math, PLTW class, etc. Their ACT was 30. He got into every UC except for Berkeley and LA as well as Cal Poly SLO. Major: Biochemistry
Work hard on your essays, make yourself shine, and something could happen!
- Best of luck to you!
It depends on minority background, essay, good ECs, test scores, intended major and also optional pieces such as rec letters, writing supplements/personal statements. Also if you have a relationship with the school such as parents are alumni, instate demonstrated interest. Also your average gpa is .3 below so not outside the realm of possibility.