Hi, I'm a junior in HS and I want to go to either UW applied math or UC Berkeley's data science program. I'm not sure if I'm going enough and I seriously need some suggestions.
GPA (unweighted) 3.94 (might go down to 3.92 due to a B in AP calc AB)
ACT: 27 (retaking it in April)
AP courses: 9 (currently, will take 3 more next year) and 1 college course (doing college in high school program during senior year so more college courses)
Clubs: Secretary and Vice president of 2 clubs, volunteering (over 25 hours), hobbies like dancing and art (been doing it since middle school and participated in an organization)
I used the chance me simulation and got 12% chance of getting in but i really want to go to UW applied math and UC Berkeley. Is there specific ways I can improve?
Hey there @amitha!
UC Berkeley is a competitive school, with an overall acceptance rate of 14% according to CollegeVine. Basically nobody has a guaranteed shot into a school like this, so a 12% is pretty decent. Your extracurriculars sound strong, I would recommend working on something closely related to your intended major, such as a science/math club or something. Also, definitely retake the ACT and aim for high scores in the science and math sections.
A typical GPA for UC Berkeley is a 3.85, so you're above average on that front. Also, according to CollegeVine, they have test-blind admissions, so I would focus more on your ECs and GPA.
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