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Do I have a chance of getting into a UC? (even with a low GPA and SAT score) Ex:UC Irvine, UC Riverside?

Do I have a chance of getting into a UC? (even with a low GPA and SAT score) Ex:UC Irvine, UC Riverside? Topic: winning personal statement
June 26, 2019 / By Lindsay
Question: I am currently a senior in highschool with a weighted GPA of 3.28 and unweighted 3.23. I had taken a total of two AP classes and 2 honors. I however did not pass one of my AP exams (I got a 2)...the second one is to be determined. My SAT score is 1540 (I retook it and got the same score). I am planning to take the ACT in December (which I hope won't be too late to send it to colleges in Jan.). I am not in any extra curricular activities, but I am in a couple service/community clubs. Also, can a good personal statement increase my chances? Or is it already determined that I have NO chance? Thanks.
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Jarod Jarod | 4 days ago
Everyone who has over a 3.0 GPA has a chance. You just happen to have a very slim chance. GPA is the most important factor when it comes to college admissions and SAT is second (unless you are planning to take the ACT). Personal statements are probably the third most important, but they do not carry as much weight as GPA and SAT/ACT. Your generally low GPA and your low SAT score will overshadow your possibly great personal statements. You might have a chance at UC Riverside and UC Merced, but I doubt any other UC.
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Fredric Fredric
Your stats are too low to be admitted into UC Irvine. The average GPA for admitted students for Fall 2014 at UC Irvine is a 4.05. Most likely you'll get rejected due to the competitiveness of that school.
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Fredric Originally Answered: Do I have a good chance at top schools like Yale that do not honor Collegeboard's score choice policy?
Yes you will have a chance at schools like that if you get your planned SATs. However if you are into engineering I would definitely also consider Harvey Mudd and Cal-tech: http://www.hmc.edu/ http://www.caltech.edu/ Many science engineering types that don't get into MIT end up going to Rose -Hulman: http://www.rose-hulman.edu/ Just a smidgen below MIT and Cal-tech but still a great school. IMHO it would be a better choice for science/engineering than Harvard etc. They are OK in engineering but other schools are better. Thanks Bill
Fredric Originally Answered: Do I have a good chance at top schools like Yale that do not honor Collegeboard's score choice policy?
I hate to be a Debbie-Downer but those SAT scores are very ambitious. No one goes up from 1590 to 2300 in just one year. Students who get passed 2200 usually can score above 180 on the sophomore year PSAT and still take courses and get tutors. No one saw as large an improvement as my sister did on the SATs and that was from 1790 to a 2140 her last time. Thats a much smaller range than you are hoping for. Your SATs won't be high enough. Getting that many grades below A's is hurting your chances even more. You haven't taken enough AP courses to forgive your low GPA. Other than the fact that you are Ukrainian, there is nothing that distinguishes you from the other applicants. Your odds are slim to non-existent unless you have some serious hook, like a parent that has donated $100,000+ to one of those schools or 1st place in a national competition. Please don't just disregard this because its not the answer you were hoping for. As brutal as it is, this is the way it is now. Sorry.

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