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Tips mention: Interview (1), ACT/SAT (25), Grades (36), Sports/Extracurriculars (26), College Essay (13)
Honestly, there is not much you can do toOct 21 2003Undecided
Honestly, there is not much you can do to get in besides really good grades and good test scores. The essay is important, but it is not as important in the admission process as they make it out to be.
SAT: 1400 Female
I am a third-year transfer student from a communityOct 04 2003English
I am a third-year transfer student from a community college. I had a 3.86 GPA and awesome extracurriculars in which I was an important officer. If you want to get into social sciences as a California Community College transfer, 3.8 or 3.9 is the average transfer GPA (I talked with a UC Berkeley representative about this). For humanities (I'm in humanities as an English major), the average GPA is about 3.7. Once again, I had a 3.86. Extracurriculars in your intended major are very important, and doubly beneficial if you were in some type of leadership position. As for me, I recorded books for the blind and dyslexic (related to English major), was editor-in-chief of my school's literary magazine (English major), and was Vice President for a community service honors society (leadership position).
Do lots of extracirricular activities, especially community serviceApr 06 2003Computer Science
Do lots of extracirricular activities, especially community service. SATs and grades are important too, but your admission essay and other community activities are just as important.
ACT: 28 SAT: 1370 Female
Spend a lot of time on your personal statementDec 03 2002History/Histories (art history/etc.)
SAT: 1330 Male
Get good gradesNov 28 2002Computer Science
Get good grades. Get a good SAT score (use prep programs- I used Ivy West and Princeton Review). Do extracurriculars. Basically do everything your counselor tells you to.

The second most important thing to keep in mind (after doing everything your counselor tells you) is that stupid people will get in to Berkeley. Smart people will be rejected. This is Admissions.
SAT: 1330 Male

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