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UC Freshmen Admissions Calculator

This calculator is obsolete and will be soon removed. If you still want to use it, you can do so temporarily.

This tool will determine the percentage of students similar to you who were admitted (accepted) into a certain University of California school. It is designed for first-time undergraduate freshmen applicants only.

1. School
Let’s begin. Select a University of California school below.

2. Capped Weighted UC GPA
This is not your transcript GPA and not your weighted GPA.

3. SAT and ACT Scores
Please input your highest SAT Reasoning Test scores from one sitting and/or your higest composite ACT score. At least one of the two is required.
SAT Math
SAT Reading
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

4. Field of Study
Choose the description that best fits your intended major, or choose undeclared if you have not decided yet.

5. High School
Pick your high school from the list of California High Schools below. If your school is not on the list, choose Unlisted CA Public School, Unlisted CA Private School, or Out-of-state School.

6. Ethnicity
Select your ethnicity.

7. Gender
Please provide your gender below.
Male Female

8. In State vs. Out of State
International and out-of-state US students, please check the below checkbox to indicate that you are not a California student.
Out of state student

9. Submit
Before you press calculate, double-check that all of your information is accurate and read the explanations below.

How this works: A word of caution
RogerHub UC Admissions Calculator is based fully on data released online by the UC Office of the President under the University of California StatFinder. This site has since been taken down, but some data can still be found at the UC Infocenter.

This is not a probability or chance calculator. This calculator utilizes data from past applications in order to determine what percentage of applicants similar to you received an offer of admission. It is an analysis of past records, not a chance calculator.

Is this accurate?
No. I make no guarantees about the reliability of this data. Statistics change from year to year. You should always research the data yourself at data.universityofcalifornia.edu.

How does this work?
Statfinder did not provide raw data about students and admissions. This calculator uses mathematical models generated using distribution data and the least squares method which is listed below:

S = Σ(y − f(x))²

Each of the variables that you provide in the calculator is tracked to a distribution model. Each has a weight constant, k, and affects the total score, p, as follows:

p′ = p + kp(1 - p) = p + kp - kp²

You are free to submit different hypothetical students to this calculator. Some of the trends that the data exhibit are rather surprising.

Responsibility and Disclaimer
I am not associated in any way with the UC Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Please be responsible with what you do with this calculator. Do not be encouraged nor discouraged by this calculator. I make no claims, explicit or implied, about the reliability nor accuracy of this calculator.

444 CommentsAdd one

These comments were written by anonymous visitors. Roger’s comments are colored blue.

Anonymous Bob
Sun, 10 Nov 2019 00:44:24 GMT

Hi Roger,
I need some advice. It has always been my dream to attend UCSD however it seems unlikely that I'll get in. My sat is an 1190 (for some reason I cant get it higher) and my GPA is a 3.9 weighted. I am taking 3 ap classes this year I have been involved in my community and throughout my school. The school that I attend is quita large and has many other kids that have way better chances. Is there anything I can do to boost my chances? Have you heard of anyone with similar stats that has gotten in? Should I even have any hope?

Roger: I don’t actually know anything about UCSD admissions or any other UC school. But good luck!

Billie Jeans
Thu, 07 Nov 2019 06:30:01 GMT

24th of my Class out of 500
4.0 Capped UC GPA
SAT:1480
Took 7 APs 5 honors classes
4.425 UC Weight GPA
I want to get into a good UC and Im not sure if these stats are enough. Thannks for the tool Roger.

Roger: Glad to help!

Sam
Sat, 26 Oct 2019 11:20:17 GMT

Hi Roger:
I got weight gpa 4:00, 11 APS courses, ACT 30. What do you think my percentage to UCB on Bio Major? Thanks.

Roger: Pretty good, I suppose.

Josh Koppel
Sat, 19 Oct 2019 20:35:54 GMT

Will you be programming an updated calculator?

Roger: Last time I checked, there was no updated data source available, which I would need to create an updated calculator.

gigi
Sat, 28 Sep 2019 23:13:43 GMT

Nevermind. Just read the comment that this is based on old SAT. I will convert and recalculate.Thanks.

gigi
Sat, 28 Sep 2019 23:11:48 GMT

It won't take my score for essay. It is 6,5,6 so I put in 17 and it says it isn't valid. Thanks.

Anon
Sat, 21 Sep 2019 18:18:24 GMT

UC GPA is a 4.06
New SAT is a 1500 so old SAT is a 2170
I’m choosing to study physics as a female so I have a pretty good shot at it. By no means is Berkeley a safety school, but I can at least try haha.

Sean
Sat, 07 Sep 2019 10:36:49 GMT

You guys have to keep in mind that this was made for the old SAT which was out of 2400, not 1600. There is a way to convert your new SAT score to the old one: https://blog.prepscholar.com/new-sat-conversion-chart-old-2400-to-new-1600

jasmine lee
Sun, 11 Aug 2019 18:28:49 GMT

??? lmfao i have a 4.21 gpa and an eh sat score of 1380 and i have no data?? tf

Chenghao Liu
Thu, 11 Jul 2019 21:58:40 GMT

lol I have a decent GPA with a 4.3 and a not so good SAT 1380, so I don't get a result?

Merlin Bob
Mon, 08 Jul 2019 22:36:46 GMT

Hey, I was a bit confused because I couldn't find my Writing and Reading scores separately. Like I know what it is as a whole for reading & writing, but I dont know how to get them separate.

Roger: This calculator was made for the 2400-point SAT scoring system, which had separate reading and writing scores.

Zamora
Thu, 20 Jun 2019 07:40:20 GMT

UC gpa: 3.55
SAT: 1020 (improving)
EC: 3 years on varsity volleyball
2 years of varsity basketball
Tons of community service
Clubs
Class rank of 35
Do you think I should forget about applying to UC Davis? I’m going to be a senior and I’m planning on increasing my gpa as well as my sat.

Roger: A class rank of 35 sounds pretty great. I think improving your SAT score would help quite a bit. I’ve never been to UC Davis though.

ABC 123
Sat, 15 Jun 2019 16:43:37 GMT

Can you make an updated version of the calculator? I enjoyed using it to learn about UC admissions. Thank you for all your final grade calculator(it is very helpful!). If you delete this one it will be missed. Keep up the great work.

Roger: Glad you enjoyed it! Please see my reply below.

bill joy
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 18:48:33 GMT

If the calculator is inaccurate, will you program and fix it to be more efficient? O:?

Roger: Last time I checked, there was no admissions data publicly available with enough granularity to update this calculator, so probably not.

Grateful
Wed, 12 Jun 2019 15:49:56 GMT

Thank you Roger for all your different calculators you seem like a great guy and have really helped me out!

Roger: Glad to help!

Bobert
Wed, 05 Jun 2019 07:17:43 GMT

Hey Robert! Just a few quick questions: Is this calculator always updated with the latest admission rates?

Because it said I got a 51% for UCI with these scores, and I extremely doubt it.

SAT: 1420
GPA: 3.71 UC Capped and Weighted

Roger: Nope, it hasn’t been updated since it was created in 2012.

Samarth Srinivasa
Tue, 04 Jun 2019 23:37:00 GMT

Hey Roger, I have a quick question about the SAT box. When it asks for the Reading and Writing score, is it asking for the same score in both (Like If I got a 750 in Reading/Writing, do I put 750 in both or just divide it up into both reading and writing for a summation of the score) ?

Roger: This calculator was made for the 2400-point SAT scoring system, which had separate reading and writing scores.

BroskiPachoski
Tue, 04 Jun 2019 02:45:58 GMT

Yo Roger thanks for the tool!
Question: im a junior, was wondering abt some stuff

UC Weighted: 3.8
SAT Score: 1400 (720 English and 680 Math)
EC: 3 years varsity basketball, 2 years captain // 8 years of violin, 1 year in school orchestra as first chair // community service for my local church // vice president of CSF // member of several clubs all 3 years

chances of getting into UCI says 48%... I would like to know if this system is accurate. unfortunately my uc gpa isnt as high but was wondering if my chances are actually this high of getting into uci. im surprised

Roger: I don’t actually know anything about UC Irvine (I’ve only ever visited there once), but you sound like a pretty good candidate to me. Anyway, this calculator is obsolete and inaccurate, so I’ll delete it soon.

Anonymous
Wed, 29 May 2019 09:58:32 GMT

UC weighted GPA: 3.96

Accepted UC universities: UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Riverside

It's good to have low expectations, so that when you get the offer, you are pleasantly surprised.

Asian Boi
Mon, 06 May 2019 17:01:18 GMT

Do west coast schools prefer the SAT or the ACT? I know it’s a meaningless question, but looking at the previous comment, I’m just curious.

Roger: I’ve heard that the SAT is more common than the ACT for west coast schools, but I wouldn’t say it’s necessarily preferred.

sophomore
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 16:43:02 GMT

hi roger, do you think it is more important to take the SAT or the ACT?

Roger: I never took the ACT. I heard that it depends on whether you want to go to college on the US west coast or east coast.

Sandhya
Sun, 31 Mar 2019 19:53:06 GMT

I got 710 eng, 760 Math for SAT.

I volunteered teaching girls CS last year with my High school CS teacher at a middle school and will be working this summer teaching for Digital Media Academy.

Through your calculation link I got
Unweighted GPA: 3.88 (didnot count Lacrosse grade)
Weighted GPA: 4.24
Weighted and Capped GPA: 4.12

I am not able to check my chances in UCLA

Roger: Glad to hear you’re interested in teaching!

uc berk
Fri, 29 Mar 2019 06:56:51 GMT

yo roger dawg,

thx for all the final grade calculations over the years man. Just got accepted to uc berk so ya go bears :)

Roger: Congrats!

Anish Shekar
Fri, 29 Mar 2019 04:27:18 GMT

Hi Roger can u plez tell me if applying as an english major with 2 published books, head editor of 2 international magazine, publications in 2+ magazines, and non profit related to english will make up for a 3.6 UW gpa. I also have a 1570/1600 SAT, with 780 Bio and 790 Math 2, and 34 ACT. Thank you.

Roger: Probably? I don’t know. I’m actually don’t know anything about college admissions, other than having had applied once myself.

Wade Sultan
Thu, 28 Mar 2019 03:54:36 GMT

Hi! Can you chance me for UCLA?
UW GPA: 3.77
W GPA: 4.10
WC GPA: 4.03
SAT: 1540
ECs: MUN, AYSO, local swim team

Roger: You sound like a pretty good candidate to me.

Nick
Wed, 27 Mar 2019 20:00:33 GMT

My question is similar to the last person’s:
Based on your opinion, it better to go to a state school or lower-end UC

OR

to community college and then transfer into a school like UCLA or Cal?

I would be majoring in computer science so what do you think would be better in terms of the quality of the CS program offered at the schools?

Roger: Are we still assuming that you were rejected from the school you wanted? The previous commenter said they were a junior in high school. I don’t know much about the computer science programs at other schools, but I’d guess that the undergraduate curriculum is mostly the same.

Leslie :)
Wed, 27 Mar 2019 01:35:53 GMT

Hello Roger! I just wanted your personal opinion on this little dilemma of mine. I'm a junior in high school and plan to major in computer science, even though I haven't taken a computer related class thus far. I've been messing around with a few languages and hopefully, I can take an intro to comp sci class at my local JC during the upcoming summer. Anyways, do you think is best to go to a school like UC Davis or go to the JC and then transfer into a more prestigious school like UC Berkeley?

Roger: I’ve heard that a lot of people transfer colleges after they finish their general education classes in 2 years, but to me, it seems like a waste of time if you’re spending 2 years taking classes you aren’t even interested in. Everyone’s experience is different, but I took multiple computer science classes every semester for 4 years of college, and I think transferring after two years would have made that impossible.

Krishna Vangala
Mon, 11 Mar 2019 18:46:32 GMT

Hi Roger,
Thanks for excellent tool. i have question. My son took some courses at local community college, on his
school report, College level course shown as 16.5 credits for single 5 units class. how to enter in your calculator?
Thanks
Krishna

Roger: I haven’t seen much guidance from the UCs about how college courses are handled (check out this FAQ). I’d guess that the number of units/credits doesn’t actually matter and college course grades are treated the same as any other grades (plus that transferrable courses count as honors courses).

Kikio
Mon, 11 Mar 2019 04:58:46 GMT

Hey Roger, Any chance you will be updating this page to the 1600 point SAT? And updated majors?

PS: Your Final Grade Calculator is the biggest de-stresser in this household. Many thanks!

Roger: That’s unlikely. This calculator was originally based on the “UC StatFinder” system, which provided aggregated admission rates broken down by various dimensions. That system has since been shut down, so there is no new data available. If new comparable data is made available, I’ll consider it.

hi roger
Wed, 06 Mar 2019 16:21:14 GMT

hi roger

Roger: Hey

isiah
Mon, 25 Feb 2019 20:26:08 GMT

ok so i have a 67% in my social studies class and i wanna alteast make a 70% i took 2 test today and test are worth 50% of my grade and i have made a 0 and a 32 on those test what is my grade?

Roger: How many tests have you taken so far? And what did you score on them? What’s the other 50% of your grade made of?

crystaline
Fri, 22 Feb 2019 05:59:45 GMT

Hi Roger,
I was wondering if you chance me for UCI, UCSD and UCSB. my sat is 1520 (780 reading, 740 math), UC weighted gpa is 3.88 gpa.(I feel like my gpa is pretty low, could my Sat counterbalance that?)

Roger: I have no idea, since I don’t know anything about college admissions, other than having applied once myself. But you sound like a pretty good candidate to me.

elliot
Thu, 20 Dec 2018 03:43:01 GMT

hello
so i inputted my gpa and act score to see my chances for ucla but it said there was an error
it said it had "no data," because of how my application was too "unbelievable" or something like that and so i was wondering if you could personally chance me instead.
my uc weighted and capped gpa is a 3.75
my act score is a 35
im an asian american male, going to a pretty competitve high school (9/10) in california
and i want to study computer/information sciences

other info:
i have an upward grade trend in my gpa (which kinda explains why my overall gpa isnt that good)
i went from a 3.667 weighted in 10th grade to a 4.667 weighted in 11th grade
i'd say my extracurriculurs are pretty good: varsity swim, 140 volunteer hours, co-president of a school club and im very involved in my church.
sat subject test math 2: 780 sat subject test physics: 730
i got 5's and 4's on all my ap exams

if you could read through my application and chance me, i would really appreciate it
thanks

Roger: You sound like a great candidate. But I don’t actually know anything about college admissions or UCLA, other than having gone there to get ice cream one time. I’m a computer programmer, not a college counselor. Sorry! Anyway, good luck.

Dani
Tue, 18 Dec 2018 01:40:44 GMT

Hello Roger, is it possible if you could theoretically "Chance Me" for UC Berkeley? Based on my numerical stats, I have a 29% overall analysis. I messed up the first semester of my sophomore year because of some issues and got 1 A, 3 B's and 2 C's, but was able to maintain all A's (with the exception of 1 B) the rest of the semesters. I have a 34 ACT composite score and 1460 on my SAT. I am on the all-female robotics team that has qualified for state championships three times and competed at the World Competition. I was secretary for one year and then became vice president for the "Girls in STEM" club for the next two, and has been a Girl Scout for 11 years and received the bronze, silver and gold award. I also took 11 AP classes, all of which were passing grades. I am part of the youth ministry at my church and volunteer regularly at Mass as an altar server and help plan classes for the kids preparing to receive Sacraments. I have received a full merit scholarship to study abroad in South Korea the summer of my junior year, where I learned Korean for 6 weeks with NSLI-Y and continued to independently study the language, receiving a 180/200 on the language proficiency test (TOPIK). I also speak Spanish fluently. I plan on majoring in Computer Science or Physics Engineering, with a minor in International Relations and Korean/Spanish.

Roger: Sounds like you’ll get in no problem, but I don’t actually know anything about college admissions, other than having applied once myself. One semester of bad grades shouldn’t be that big a deal, especially if you’ve demonstrated improvement since then.

beet
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 06:27:23 GMT

hey roger,
I have a 4.0 UC GPA, as well as a 34 on the ACT, and after putting everything into your calculator, I got a 34% chance of UCLA. Out of curiosity, I decided to see what would change if I made the ACT score a 35, and I got "holy smokes." Would this one point really change that much? I'm not quite sure what percentage "holy smokes" is, so I was wondering if that single point would change that much, as I'm willing to give the ACT another go for that additional point.

Roger: Check out my reply to “Alex” below. I wouldn’t bother with retaking the ACT.

BigTony
Mon, 26 Nov 2018 22:16:36 GMT

Please update this. It is super useful even though it’s outdated.

Roger: Thanks for the feedback. I suspect that updating this calculator is infeasible, because the UCs no longer publish admissions data the same way they used to. But it’s been a while since I’ve taken a look.

Bob Joe
Wed, 31 Oct 2018 03:29:59 GMT

Does this use current UC published data or is it outdated?

Roger: See the comment below.

Eva Russell
Wed, 10 Oct 2018 03:34:33 GMT

Thanks for creating this! What year is the data taken from?

Roger: This calculator is based on data from 2009. It’s very outdated, and I’m thinking about sunsetting it at some point.

K A
Sat, 29 Sep 2018 23:48:08 GMT

I'm trying to enter the new SAT score (out of 1600).

Not sure how to break it down into the correct inputs for your form?

My results show the following two parts:
1. Your Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Score

2. Math Score

Please advise if I can use the form, what I may be doing wrong?

Thanks.

-K

Roger: This calculator was created for the 2400 point SAT scoring system. It hasn’t been updated in a while.

Help!
Thu, 27 Sep 2018 09:06:14 GMT

It says my sat score is extremely low compared to my GPA which is a 1460 and a 4.40 so idk what's going on?

Roger: This calculator uses the 2400 point SAT scoring scale.

Anonymous
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 01:49:01 GMT

Hey Roger, I only have a 3.8 unweighted and 4.1 weighted GPA with a 29 ACT score but my weighted GPA consistently increased from 3.6 to 4.0 to 4.5 from freshman to junior year; will this help?

Roger: Your freshman year courses are supposedly omitted from your GPA. In any case, great job!

Cary
Mon, 10 Sep 2018 20:19:13 GMT

Can Honors classes be counted in "How many total semesters of AP, IB/HL, or CC courses? (max. 8)"?

Roger: It depends. If you live in California, you can look up your high school on the A-G courses list and get a list of which courses count for honors points.

Anonymous
Wed, 05 Sep 2018 01:26:53 GMT

Roger,

How up to date is this calculator?

Thanks!

Roger: Scroll down a bit, and check out my answer to “Leslie” below.

Fred
Mon, 03 Sep 2018 00:11:12 GMT

Roger,

Is this calculator up to date?

Thank you,
-Fred

Roger: Not at all.

Alex
Tue, 07 Aug 2018 17:03:45 GMT

If I got holy smokes for UCSD and ":(" for UCLA and UCB, does that mean something is wrong and if not does it mean that I would be better off not applying to UCB/UCLA?

Roger: This calculator has upper and lower thresholds for GPA and test scores for each school. If your inputs exceed these thresholds, then the calculator gives you either “holy smokes” or a sad face.

Mary Jane
Tue, 07 Aug 2018 00:46:54 GMT

Hi, I would like to know what I should major in if I want to study pre-med? Thank you so much.

Roger: Some kind of biology or chemistry, I suppose.

Swiggity swooty
Wed, 01 Aug 2018 19:47:17 GMT

Just saying the info on this is a little old and the acceptance rates are a lot lower now.

Jojo
Tue, 31 Jul 2018 06:31:24 GMT

Hey Roger, thanks for the grade calculator, it got me through high school. Also, I got a Holy Smokes for Cal and whadddya know, I'm headed there this fall. Woot!

Roger: Congrats, and you’re welcome!

Anuj
Mon, 23 Jul 2018 18:26:41 GMT

Hi, very useful tool indeed.

My son is doing IB, i would like to know how is the number grade converted to the alphabet grade in that system. He has four 7's , one 6 and one 5. all courses are honors.

Roger: I was in the IB program in the United States, and my IB exam grades weren’t included in my GPA. I suppose it depends on your school?

James H
Sun, 22 Jul 2018 02:53:06 GMT

Slightly off topic, but not totally, besides UCSD I need to find another school to apply to with strong philosophy and comp sci depts, preferably in california, as UCSD is a reach school for me. JW if you had any thoughts haha

Roger: Philosophy and computer science? Are you planning to study both of those things? I’ve never heard of that combination. (Or did you mean that you wanted a Ph.D.?)

Louise
Thu, 12 Jul 2018 19:04:53 GMT

How does High School factor in to UC chances?
When I tested my HS compared to every other HS in my district, I had a 3% lower chance than all of them? Whyy?

Maria
Sun, 08 Jul 2018 04:41:14 GMT

Hello! I am currently a junior in highschool and I am planning on taking two online AP courses over the summer leading up to my senior year. Will these two AP credits count twoards my overall UC GPA since they technically aren't in my senior year? I can't seem to find an answer to this question anywhere, please help if you can!

I absolutely adore your calculator by the way! They've gotten me and my friends through so much final test stress!

Roger: I think you’ll have the opportunity to add your summer courses to your UC application, if that’s what you’re asking. I haven’t seen any evidence that senior year grades are categorically excluded.

Prachi Sudhya
Sat, 07 Jul 2018 23:03:51 GMT

Hi Roger,

Is the calculator updated to the 2017/2018 data? I would also like to enter my new SAT score instead of converting it to the older one.

Thanks,
- Prachi

Roger: Nope, it isn’t.

Vasu
Thu, 05 Jul 2018 06:28:07 GMT

Hi roger .
Big confusion .
I have done igcse ( 9th and 10th ) result was 9 a*
My grade 11 has 6 subjects , all of those are honors . Score is 5 A and 1 b
My questions are :
1. Do I use all semester reports or just the end of years ?
2. In IB we have TOK ( listed as honors in UC )
Is that counted too ?

Roger: You should use whatever actually appears on your official transcript. I took ToK as well, and I think it counts as an honors course (why wouldn’t it?).

UC Question
Mon, 02 Jul 2018 21:07:33 GMT

I am an incoming senior(so ofc I am stressing about college apps). The question that I desperately want an answer for is whether UCs look at your 1st semester senior grades when considering you for admission. I asked one of my graduated friends and she says that you have to update your application online after first semester grades come back, but she isn't sure if decisions are made by then or not. So do your 1st semester senior grades matter when you are being considered for admission?

Roger: I vaguely remember that the mid-year report is not required for University of California schools, unless you get a C or lower in any class. You’re only required to send in a final transcript at the end of your senior year, which is after admission decisions are published. It’s been a while since I applied to college though, so things may have changed.

Not a bs comment(I swear)
Sun, 01 Jul 2018 23:15:22 GMT

Hi Roger I just had one question. I recently took a class at a local community college and got an A-. Can you tell me exactly how would that be weighed using the UC GPA system? The class I took is indeed UC and CSU transferable.

Roger: I don’t think plusses and minuses count for calculating applicant GPAs, so your “A” grade should count for 4 points and as an honors course.

Hope
Thu, 28 Jun 2018 23:23:28 GMT

Hi Roger, I know you aren't qualified to respond to "chance me's" but if the calculator is not accurate, should I be disheartened by a 51% chance at UC Davis or happy about it?

Roger: 51% sounds pretty good to me.

Esha Doshi
Sun, 24 Jun 2018 18:13:03 GMT

Hey Roger,

I have an unique situation at hand. I am graduating early from high school and my gpa according to your calculator is a 4.19 and a SAT score of 1270 on the new SAT. Although, I do plan on improving that score later on. I am on the board for a lot of clubs at my school, many EC's, and I also have an internship under my belt. I was wondering, do UC schools give an extra point for honors classes, since my school doesn't, and I was also wondering if I will be able to get into UCSB, UCI, UCR, or UCSD with these scores.

Roger: I think the UC’s always use the same rules for calculating GPA, regardless of your school’s own policies. I don’t know anything about those schools, so I couldn’t tell you if you’d get in. Anyway, good luck!

**IMPORTANT**
Fri, 08 Jun 2018 23:28:20 GMT

THIS CALCULATOR IS EXTREMELY UNRELIABLE. IF YOU ARE A STUDENT, STOP NOW AND TAKE STEPS TO BETTER YOURSELF, NOT USE AN INACCURATE CALCULATOR BASED ON DATA RELEASED A DECADE AGO. REMEMBER, THE FUTURE IS IN YOUR HANDS, NOT IN A CALCULATOR. GOOD LUCK ON ACCEPTANCES MY CHILDREN. CROPS ARE GROWING, RAIN IS SNOWING.

Wandanny
Thu, 31 May 2018 15:27:15 GMT

Hi Roger,

I have a 28 ACT (which I am planning to improve next week), and a 4.08 UC GPA (3.69 UW)-- with extracurriculars involving many internships at reputable companies, many hours of overseas community service, being a part of student council, and leading a huge international gathering (or, summit), what are my chances with UCB, LA, and SD's business programs? (Assuming great essays, of course). I realise that you aren't a part of the admissions committee, but perhaps you could offer me some wisdom? Thanks!

Roger: A “huge international gathering”? How scandalous. I really don’t know what to tell you. Those numbers mean nothing to me anymore, but good luck!

Alex
Tue, 29 May 2018 05:23:29 GMT

Also, do you think it's possible to get into Berkeley EECS (or better yet, the new MET program) with a lowish GPA (3.6 uw, 3.85 capped, 4.3 uncapped) and a C, but high test scores, great extracurriculars (two research projects and publications, two software development internships, personal CS projects/hackathons (plus hosting my own), programmer on robotics team, competitive programming, creating an app startup, a little bit of leadership), and great essays? AFAIK, getting into EECS without a 3.9+ uw, 4.2+ capped, is pretty much unheard of. I did have a few personal issues my first semester of junior year, but I did much better my second semester (not a 4.0, but still very good considering my rigorous courses). I'm also taking a few math and CS courses at my local community college and earning A's, which helps my GPA a little bit, but not too much. Should I even apply to EECS with my GPA? And yes, I know you're not an adcom, but you probably know a little bit more about this than I do. Thanks!

Roger: I think your GPA is lower than that of most admits, but most EECS freshmen don’t have any prior programming experience. If you don’t want to apply for EECS, have you considered applying undeclared to the College of Letters and Science?

Alex
Tue, 29 May 2018 04:54:35 GMT

Hey Roger,

Just wondering, do you think you could update this calculator? Things have changed a lot over the past few years, especially this year (though maybe it was an anomaly). First of all, the SAT is still the old one (3 sections), which they got rid of like 3 years ago. Also, the calculator only uses capped GPA. From what I know, unweighted is the most important and uncapped also matters a lot. Also, race and ethnicity seemed to affect the results and from what I know, UC's are not allowed to use race in admissions criteria. Not trying to be rude, just a heads up here.

Also, do you think this calculator is really helpful for estimating chances at UCB and UCLA? I've heard that they're "holistic," which is definitely true to some extent, but I don't know how much. Do you think that if your numbers are extremely high and you're from California, you're pretty much in?

Oh, and you kind of are a local celebrity, especially around finals week. :)

Roger: I’m unable to update this calculator right now (see my reply to “Leslie” below). The original statistics I used to create the calculator offered weighted+capped GPAs, so that’s what I used. Race and ethnicity should have no direct effect on admissions, but they’re nonetheless correlated with admissions based on indirect factors (high school rankings, family’s education history, etc). This calculator isn’t good at estimating anything (see my past responses), but thanks for the feedback!

Jacob Marczak
Mon, 21 May 2018 17:04:07 GMT

Hey Roger,

I was wondering if “Health Professions and Medical Sciences” includes the Pre-Medical program? Also, that major cluster is included twice.

Thanks

Roger: I’d assume so. Whoops, you’re right. That choice is displayed twice if you pick “UC Irvine”. But it’s purely a user interface bug and doesn’t affect the underlying result. I’ll work on getting that fixed. It might take a while, since the build pipeline for this page’s source code is rather out of date.

Jessica
Sat, 19 May 2018 17:27:13 GMT

I was wondering is this updated?

Roger: Nope.

Sahara
Fri, 04 May 2018 20:16:06 GMT

Hello! I currently have a 3.8 GPA unweighted and a 4.6 GPA weighted and got a 29 on my first ACT. As someone who wants to get into UCLA next year, how much of an ACT score increase do you think is best to improve my acceptance odds?

Roger: Well, the trivial answer is that increasing your ACT score to the maximum score of 36 would be best, of course.

San Diego Mom
Thu, 29 Mar 2018 15:58:55 GMT

Hello Everyone, I thought you might find this article useful. It might help explain some of the admit patterns we are seeing for very bright children. Good luck to everyone out there.

https://www.insidehighered.com/admissions/article/2018/03/26/reports-circulate-even-more-difficult-year-be-admitted-leading#.WrngbzMQNuk.email

Anonymous
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 04:22:25 GMT

Hi Roger,

I have heard that UC Berkeley considers applicants' "full weighted GPA." However, your calculator asks for weighted and capped GPA. Is this accounted for? Should I enter my full weighted GPA for the most accurate percentage?

Roger: My impression is that admissions looks at your whole transcript, not just any particular GPA. In any case, this calculator expects the weighted and capped GPA, because the original dataset contained only the weighted and capped GPA.

A failure
Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:06:29 GMT

Hey roger, i got Holy smokes or high 60s for davis, santa barbara, and irvine. Ive gotten flat out rejected from all 3. My essays were pretty good i think, and my ecs were pretty good, working with nasa in high school and being the founder and president of a club. :(

nice calculator, but i think its pretty outdated now. Ive pretty much given up, with all these rejections, but thanks for giving us hope!

Roger: Sorry to hear that! The data used in this calculator is a bit old, and the UCs understandably aren’t keen on publishing enough data to update these models. At some point, I’ll probably start sunsetting this calculator.

Deb
Tue, 20 Mar 2018 03:05:15 GMT

Hey there. With a ACT score of 33 and GPA of 4.24, my daughter got a Holy Smokes for UC Davis. Her personal statements were neither about torturing animals nor pyromania, she is president of a club, has been a peer tutor for 3 years, and played a varsity sport for 3 years. Yet she was wait-listed.

Tomorrow is UCSB decision day; another Holy Smokes result, but I'm not holding out much hope!

Roger: Sorry to hear that, but good luck with UCSB!

Emily
Sun, 18 Mar 2018 08:04:21 GMT

Hi Roger!
I posted back here in the past (November) about my low GPA and high test score. I was recently accepted to UCLA! Hopefully that'll add a lil bit of data.
Thank you for this calculator!
Emily

Roger: Congrats!

May
Wed, 14 Mar 2018 06:21:02 GMT

Is the data you use for this up to date? I know you pull numbers from the uc system, but does this calculator adjust based on the most recent data?

Roger: Nope, not at all. Check out my reply to “Leslie” below.

Harold Henderson
Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:53:20 GMT

Hi Roger,

ik you arent an admissions counselor/expert or anything but was just wondering from your personal experience: Do you think first sem. senior year grades matter for UC's?

Roger: Not unless you get a C or lower, I think.

Simone Roche
Tue, 06 Mar 2018 23:42:25 GMT

Was curious how this calculator factors the high school of the applicant? The reason I ask is because when I enter a high school that is ranked in the top 20 of California I get a lower chance than if I enter a school that is ranked considerably lower (i.e. - > 1000) even though all the other entries are exactly the same.

Roger: It’s been a long time since I worked on this calculator, but I vaguely remember that school rank had a nonlinear affect on admissions. I obviously can’t explain the correlation definitively, but here’s my guess: Students at really great schools tend to be disadvantaged because of grade inflation and competition. Students at really terrible schools are disadvantaged because their schools are terrible. Given the same GPA and test scores, admissions odds tend to favor “pretty good” schools, simply because it’s easier to stand out.

Sherman
Sun, 25 Feb 2018 19:50:39 GMT

Hey Roger is it common for many people to apply undeclared? If so does it give people a certain advantage?

Roger: At UC Berkeley, it’s very common (probably because it’s mandatory for the College of Letters and Science).

Sherman
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 23:44:01 GMT

Hey Roger, excuse me for asking this,but where did you go to college?

Roger: UC Berkeley (it’s on my home page).

kim
Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:27:10 GMT

What if your 1 B (out of state student - really a B+) was sophomore year in a Math class that was one year advanced (Trig)? Is the calculation different?

Steven Damm
Thu, 01 Feb 2018 17:37:33 GMT

Hey Roger. This is helpful, but can you make an updated version with the new SAT and updated stats? It would help me and a lot of other current high schoolers. Thanks!

Roger: Glad you found it helpful! I answered this question a few times below.

Andre
Thu, 01 Feb 2018 01:35:52 GMT

You're like a local celebrity in our grade! People have gone to nickname you things like "My Boy Roger," or "The Young Roger."

Roger: Haha

Jeff
Tue, 30 Jan 2018 06:51:24 GMT

Hello Roger,

Thanks for making all these cool websites and applications, you've become a living legend in our high school.

Roger: Glad you like them!

Sherman
Sun, 28 Jan 2018 23:24:46 GMT

Hey Roger,
How did you create this calculator and how did you collect the stats?
Thanks, Sherman

Roger: Check out this blog post.

Safwayne James
Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:53:50 GMT

Hey Roger,

I have straight A's except for a B in an art class, and an A- in my English class. My UC weighted GPA is 4.7, and I got 1590 on the SAT. DO you think I'll get into Berkley.

Roger: Sure I do.

Ash Samula
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 02:07:42 GMT

Hey, I just wanted your advice. The gist is, in my sophomore year I didn't try at all. In my junior year, I didn't try at all until a month ago. My SAT is above average for nearly every UC, sitting at a 1490 on the 1600 scale. But the fact that I didn't try at all until a month ago has me only achieving a 3.43 GPA at the end of my junior year. But there will be an upward trend for sure, seeing as how I have been getting A's or high B's on everything ever since I started trying a month ago. I also played volleyball, and am board for one cultural club and expect to be board for at least 2 next year, as well as member of a few others. Also, I started volunteering at a science museum. So with all this said, do you think UC's would overlook my poor GPA in favor of my test scores, extracurriculars, and upward trend? Thanks in advance.

Roger: I think you might have misunderstood who I am. I don’t actually know anything about college admissions. In my personal experience, I never met anyone at Berkeley whose low high school GPA was overlooked based on test scores and extracurriculars. Pretty much everyone I knew had decently strong GPA and test scores across the board. I think that large public schools don’t really have the patience for upward trends and overlooking deficiencies unless the candidate is particularly unusual. That being said, your GPA isn’t all that low (is 3.43 your unweighted GPA?), and your SAT score does seem high. Good luck!

Ryan T
Thu, 28 Dec 2017 21:11:07 GMT

Hi, Roger,
my name is Ryan and I'm applying for UCSB... I was wondering if you had any insight as to whether or not I'd be accepted or deferred. I currently have a 3.77 UC GPA, and a 3.90 weighted HS GPA, I have a 1250/1600 on the New SAT and a 22/24 on the essay portion. I'm a first generation white college student. I only applied to UCSB (for the UCs) and I addressed my Prompt 8 (Besides the information provided in your application, what makes you stand out among other candidates to admission faculty?) to UCSB admission readers themselves and told them how diligently I would work if accepted and how hard I've worked throughout the past 4 years. The admission calculator gave me a 48% chance, but I read that it is based on 2009 data. Any input is appreciated, thanks!

Roger: Hi. I think you might be asking the wrong person. I don’t really know anything about college admissions, and I don’t even know where Santa Barbara is. I’m a computer programmer, not a college counselor. Anyway, good luck!

John
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 01:01:53 GMT

Hi, with the larger class size for 2018, I was wondering if this data is still accurate. http://www.ucop.edu/institutional-research-academic-planning/_files/factsheets/2018/fall-2018-applications-table1.pdf

Roger: Not at all. Check out my reply to “Leslie” below.

Anon
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:31:05 GMT

Hi!
I was just wondering if you could change the format of the calculator to the new SAT it was really throwing me off haha

Roger: Check out my reply to “Leslie” below.

raxit gupta
Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:49:24 GMT

accepted. thank you for delivering the letter of rec

Alex
Mon, 04 Dec 2017 19:27:37 GMT

Hey Roger. I saw how you mentioned that most eecs freshman didn't take AP physics c; however, do you think that earning a b in a stem class junior year would still negatively affect me for eecs at Berkeley? I messed up this semester pretty badly and will probably earn 3 B's (AP physics c, apush, AP stats) and 3 A's (AP English, Spanish 3, AP calc bc). I know that junior year is the most important and I feel so screwed right now. However, if I pull it together and get straight A's next semester and have great test scores and ec's, do you think I'll still have a decent chance? My uw should be about 3.82 and w 4.55. Thx!

Roger: I don’t think it’s a big deal to get a B in AP Physics C, especially because a lot of freshmen EECS majors take an equivalent course during their first year (e.g. Physics 7A and 7B) and plenty of them get B’s. For what it’s worth, I never took AP Physics C in high school. My school didn’t offer the course or the exam. I self-studied for the test and tried registering to take it at another school, but I fudged the registration and ended up never taking the test. (I never took AP stats either, but that’s just because it sounded boring.) Also, consider applying to the College of Letters and Sciences instead of EECS (assuming you don’t actually want to be an electrical engineer). At Berkeley, L&S students don’t declare a major until after they start taking classes. You can enroll undeclared and then switch to L&S Computer Science during your sophomore year along with everybody else.

Li
Fri, 01 Dec 2017 23:42:57 GMT

*Forgot to state that I am pursuing Computer Science from College of Letters and Science.

Roger: Glad to hear you’re studying computer science! Have fun.

Li
Fri, 01 Dec 2017 23:40:52 GMT

What are your opinions about my chances of getting into UCLA or Berkeley? I currently have a 1400 SAT score, 18 on the Essay. UC GPA: 4.46. Numerous ECs and I am an out of state student. First generation going to college with Chinese background. 9 AP classes Senior year.

Roger: You sound like a great candidate, but I’m not at all qualified to give my opinion. (Maybe you’re mistaken about who I am?)

Amy Tran
Thu, 30 Nov 2017 09:28:10 GMT

What is a total semester?

How come when I put my SAT score it doesn't work?
Math-36
Reading-36
Writing-38

Roger: If you’re referring to the input labeled “total semesters of AP, IB/HL, or CC courses”, then “total” is an adjective describing the number of semesters (not the semesters themselves). Also, this calculator uses the old 2400-point SAT scoring scale. Check out my response to “Leslie” below for more information about why this calculator is out of date.

Admirer
Thu, 30 Nov 2017 05:31:39 GMT

Thank you for giving your personal insight to all these comments
Really means a lot to everyone

Roger: Glad to help!

Mariam
Wed, 29 Nov 2017 05:15:24 GMT

Hi, I am a Senior and I am taking a Community College course right now. I will know my grade in the middle of December, which is after the UC deadline. Still, will that be counted in my UC GPA?

Roger: You have the option of submitting a mid-year report to the UC’s, which would contain your senior year grades for the first half of your senior year as well as the community college course you’re taking right now. But as far as I know, the report is optional and most students don’t submit it. Does that answer your question?

Emily
Mon, 27 Nov 2017 13:58:52 GMT

Hi Roger,
I'm an out of state applicant and because my honor courses aren't counted, my gpa is extremely low (3.7 uc gpa). However, I do well on standardized tests and I got a 1540 on the SAT. But if I put this into the calculator, it says my stats aren't believable and I can't get a result. Can this be modified?
Thank you,
Emily

Roger: You should only have that problem with the top UC schools. There simply weren’t enough applicants with that kind of GPA and SAT score for the models to make a confident prediction. Since there isn’t any new data available (see my reply to “Leslie” below), this is unlikely to change. Sorry!

JesusTheSIR
Thu, 23 Nov 2017 21:16:52 GMT

Hey so I really wanna study physics at Berkely, I have a 4.19 UC GPA although I got 540 English and 580 math and 21 ACT ;( I’m a bad test taker when it comes to timed especially, I know the material but the time get me especially reading since I’m a slow reader maybe because Spanish was my first language but I do Alof of community service and am even in charge of my schools JROTC, are my chances really below 10%?

Roger: I think you’re asking the wrong person. I’m a computer programmer and I don’t actually know anything about college admissions. Anyway, good luck!

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