4 years ago
Admissions Advice


Good afternoon,

My collegevine chances have continuously indicated that my course rigor and my extracurriculars could potentially compensate for my lower gpa (unweighted: 3.53 weighted:4.0) when applying to UC Schools whereas many teachers and counsellors tell me right off the bat without looking at my experiences that gpa is the only thing that matters. I am more of a numbers person so I tend to agree with my counselors. However, maybe someone else could give me a detailed feedback. Here is a list of my info:

GPA:3.53 Weighted:4.0

Courses: 10 AP/IB 1 Honours 2 Community College



-Soccer: Played for an all boys internationally recognised (was the only girl) Barcelona Soccer Youth Academy team out of Vancouver, CA and was invited to Spain Twice

-Soccer: Made the Alberta Provincial (State) Team just before moving to Vancouver

-Soccer: Played for an exclusive league in Canada where only the top 150 or so players in the nation are selected

-Soccer: Played for LA Galaxy OC, California traveling club team with 1999-2001 born players while I was a 2003 born

-Wrestling: Began wrestling when I was 12 (currently 17) in a majority boys team (as one of the only girls) and was invited to train regularly with Canadian national team coaches before getting injured. School I wrestled for coached an Olympic competitor and several national champions

-Wrestling: 3 years varsity (not 4 due to covid) at regionally recognised high school that placed 2rd and 3rd in regional competitions and we're 3x league champions back to back

-Wrestling: Won 10+ regionally and statewide recognised tournaments in California, USA as well as 2 provincially recognised tournaments in British Columbia,CA

-Wrestling: 2x Top 3 county placer (given my medal by US Rep. Katie Porter)

-Wrestling: Top 12 at one of USA's most famous and difficult tournaments

-Wrestling: Trained with Olympic champion Helen Moroulis

-Squash: Played Recreationally

-Weightlifing/ Cross-fit: Recreationally


-LearningRx: First minor to ever work at this company. Worked as a cognitive therapist (Brain Trainer) throughout summer of sophomore-junior year.

-Amazon: Began handmade online business one month ago (still new and developing should be in full gear by the time college application opens up)


-French: Fluent in French. Earned Seal of Biliteracy. First and only student taking highest level French class in the entire school this year (course will be available to eligible students in future years)

-Languages: Teaching myself Italian and Spanish via Duolingo since May, 2020 (visible evidence of progress is saved. Both are similar to French and English so I have been able to progress rather quickly)

-Resin Art: Made over 100 pieces of resin jewellery, dining decor and keychains out of resin which are sold on Amazon handmade

-Cooking: Been cooking dinner for my family each night since I was 12

I know this just looks like a list but I don't know how to incorporate all of these into my application or which ones really matter to colleges. I also would like to know if colleges (particularly California ones) even care about these things to the extent that the site has been saying.

@DebaterMAX4 years ago

Wow congrats! Also a side note if you look to play at the Div 1 level make sure to reach out to the athletics department and if I remember correctly you need to register with the NCAA. I can’t really help you there unfortunately.

[🎤 AUTHOR]@chiccc4 years ago

I was interested in recruitment but with covid I'm not sure if that is a good idea right now. Either way I'll have to register. Thank you

@DebaterMAX4 years ago

Depending on whether you do a 5/6 year program you MIGHT want to look at redshirting. Also you can always be on the team. And UCs have been taking steps to reduce risk and athletic/active young people have the lowest risk. So I’d say at least reach out and if they are interested about recruiting you, then you can ask about risk management. Hope this helps.

@DebaterMAX4 years ago [edited]

I also don’t know your circumstances but you said you wanted a masters so redshirting might be an option. Sorry if this isn’t helpful.

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4 years ago

So using the UC application here is a quick guide.


Also I can’t tell if you are Canadian or Californian so I’m basing my knowledge of a domestic applicant.

The ECs I would not include no matter what are Cooking Duolingo Squash CrossFit.

Also combine resin art with the amazon buisness if not same thing.

For wrestling and soccer you can have it take up 2 slots for each sport but would not recommend more than 2 ECs of wrestling and soccer. Put the rest in awards/honors.

Your ECs definitely compensate for you semi-lackluster gpa. With that said using the UC method here https://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/admission-requirements/freshman-requirements/gpa-requirement.html

Is what is vacillated for gpa so your weighted GPa should be upwards of 3.9 and your international ECs will likely be enough for UCLA/Berkeley which has an mid 50% of 4.1-4.3

4 years ago[edited]


What are your chances of acceptance?
Your chance of acceptance
Duke University
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Your chancing factors
Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


Low accuracy (4 of 18 factors)

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