UC Application Strategy — Are You Competitive?
UC Application season is here and it’s time to finalize your college list! I created this chart for a student who was having a difficult time knowing if her final list was solid. The custom chart provides data on each of the colleges on her list. A good list will include a full spectrum of “Reach, Target and Likely” schools. A solid list will have a broad range of selectivity rates and a high percentage of schools where both your GPA and test scores fall in the “Above Average
Range”. To know if you are competitive as an applicant, compare your test scores and GPA to the 75th percentile GPA and test scores highlighted in green. It’s ok to include a few reach schools on your list; reach schools are any schools where your GPA and test scores are closer to the 25th percentile. On my chart I highlighted these numbers in red. If you are applying for a very selective major such as engineering, you will need to have excellent test scores and GPA.