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The University of California - Berkeley

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Tips mention: Interview (1), ACT/SAT (25), Grades (36), Sports/Extracurriculars (26), College Essay (13)
AP classes, get a high GPA and a decent SAT scoreMar 01 2012Sociology
AP classes, get a high GPA and a decent SAT score. UC's are pretty basic with just looking at the numbers. Sorry.
Female
I talked to my dad about it and he said okAug 24 2011Social Work
i talked to my dad about it and he said ok
and my mom said i could fill out the application
if i still wanted to so i did.
i followed my counselor's map to general UC pre-med
course work, took arts music science language math lab science , boy scouts, experimente vwith drugs, do goofy kid stuff like trespassing on private propoerty
explore, discover, think deep and lofty thoughts and laugh a lot
Male
I took a lot of community college classes whileAug 05 2011English
I took a lot of community college classes while in high school and I joined almost all of the student organizations in my junior and senior years. That would come off as suicidal, but I came from a small school in a community where majority are minorities, and my graduating class was 41 out of 50. As for the comm. college classes, they didn't have many AP classes and my high school encouraged it.

Advice? Take advantage of whatever your high school offers you, but don't pile up on AP classes. In the end, the units I got from the comm. college transferred over to UCB unit for unit and checked off all but three of my general education requirements.
ACT: 21 SAT: 1690 Female

Although I took AP's in high school, I onlyJun 19 2011Biology
Although I took AP's in high school, I only took five, and some of my friends at Cal took 14...so I don't think it was the rigorousness of my schedule (academically) that allowed me to attend this university. And while my test scores were pretty good, they were not spectacularly exceptional. So, I guess that leaves extracurriculars. I was really involved with music during my time in high school. My senior year, for example, I was in three orchestras and two quartets (some were youth orchestras in the community, and one of the quartets was through a performing arts school). I had leadership positions within the orchestra and my section, and made sure that I wrote about that in my essay. I was also on Varsity tennis and did some biomedical research at a nearby university. So, it wasn't just my classroom and test taking experiences that got me into Cal--it was what I was doing when I wasn't necessarily studying.
ACT: 33 SAT: 2070 Female
I got good grades and spent a year abroadOct 16 2010English
I got good grades and spent a year abroad volunteering with children, but I think the essays really sealed the deal for me. Don't underestimate the power of your individual voice! The essays give you an opportunity to prove that you're more than a series of numbers.
ACT: 31 Female
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