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Do I still have a chance of getting into UCLA?First semester sophomore year:Straight...

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crazygurl19 | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted May 26, 2013 at 8:39 PM via web

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Do I still have a chance of getting into UCLA?

First semester sophomore year:
Straight A's except one B in trig/pre calc honors

Second semester sophomore year:
Straight A's except one B in world history AP and one C in trig/pre calc honors

It's just that lately, I haven't been focusing well on my studies because I was just so caught up with all the school activities that I tried to get myself involved with. I got tired of the expectations that I set up for myself and it dragged me down. It seems like my application is already plain already, due to the fact that I have been running for cabinet in various clubs but never got the positions. I am in basketball, NHS, Red Cross, CSF, marching band, and MOMA (a motivation group for incoming freshmen).

Next year, I will be taking at least 4 AP'S and I will try my very best. However, I'm just scared that this C will ruin my chances of getting into a really good college. I really want a second chance to start all over, but unfortunately, that cannot be achieved.

Do I still have a chance of getting into my ideal college, UCLA or should I just give up on that dream?

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kipling2448 | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 26, 2013 at 9:03 PM (Answer #1)

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The only authoritative answer to the question of whether you can gain acceptance into UCLA or any other university has to come from the admissions department of each institution.  There are number of factors that enter into the decision on whether to admit any particular applicant.  Certainly, your completion of Advanced Placement courses helps, as does your overall GPA (an assumption based upon the limited information you provided).

Not factored into your question, however, is your performance on the standardized exams, at least one of which you will be required to take prior to acceptance into any university.  I am referring here to the ACT and SAT examinations.  How well you perform on those exams will be an important factor in how your overall academic records are viewed.  Doing well can tip the balance in your favor; conversely, doing poorly could tip it against you.  

Admissions directors look at the entirety of an applicant's record.  That includes extracurricular activities, of which you appear to have many.  Not being an admissions director, I cannot tell whether a particular school will admit you.  I can tell you, however, that the one "C" is highly unlikely to hurt your overall record.

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crazygurl19 | Student , Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted July 1, 2013 at 5:53 AM (Reply #1)

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Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my question! Your answer really help me. Once again, thanks again! I appreciate the help.

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Jessica Gardner | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted July 2, 2013 at 5:29 PM (Answer #2)

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I agree with kipling2448. With college admissions, besides proving that you are a high achiever academically, the most important thing you can demonstrate is that you are an involved member of the student body. It looks like you participate in a variety of extracurriculars and you are committed to taking AP classes on top of that. That alone shows that you are determined to be well-prepared for college life.

Remember as well that the grade that you get in an AP class is weighted; the B you received in AP world history counts as an A. This means that your GPA for that semester would be 3.6, while your GPA for the entire year would be about 3.7 if I'm correct. For some statistics on UCLA admissions, here's the info the campus provided about their most recent freshman class:

The average admitted applicant to UCLA for the Fall Quarter 2013 had a weighted GPA (a GPA that includes all extra grade points for honors or AP coursework) of 4.41, an unweighted GPA (no extra points) of 3.89, an SAT Reasoning Test score of 2055, an ACT Assessment composite score of 30, 21* semesters of honors/AP course work completed between 10th and 12th grades, and 53 semesters of college prep course work overall.

While these are merely averages, you can use these stats as a yardstick to measure your junior year against. Taking 4 AP classes is a big undertaking, but it is obviously important to a school like UCLA. Bear in mind that the unweighted GPA of the average incoming freshman is not a perfect 4.0, so don't stress over receiving less than an A on one of your courses. 

Good luck!


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crazygurl19 | Student , Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted July 6, 2013 at 11:01 PM (Reply #1)

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Thank you so much for taking the time to type out such an insightful answer. Because of it, I got a better idea of how the grading scale worked in high school. I will definitely work hard and this helped clarify everything. Thank you so much for your time!

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