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Would University of California, Berkeley accept me If I kept these grades up? ENG - 102 Trig - 98.37 Science - 96.32 Global History - 95.5

I'm a Sophomore and I really really want to get into Berkeley. What things would I need to do, other than have good grades, in order to have a higher chance for getting into Berkeley ? #college #university #berkeley #acceptance

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Gabriel’s Answer

Hi Sami,

Thanks for posting your question. First, I'd like to congratulate you on making such great grades. Let me just say that great grades are a portion of what it will take to get into Cal-Berkeley, but remember that admissions decisions are never about one thing. It's a "package deal" meaning that the admissions committee is going to look at a variety of factors beyond just grades - involvement in extracurricular activities (sports and/or clubs), community involvement (such as volunteering), test scores (ACT/SAT), etc.

Here are some links to help you out:

Cal-Berkeley's "basic admission requirements" for freshmen: http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/freshman/requirements/index.html

You can also submit a "student interest form" which will allow you and your parents to receive information on taking the necessary steps to apply and to enhance your chances for admissions:

And, of course, you'll also want to begin thinking about planning a visit to the campus:

Lastly, I would encourage you to consider other schools as well. Cal-Berkeley only accept 16% of applicants in Fall of 2014 so admissions is very competitive. I am telling you this because it's always good to have a few back-up schools in mind. Plus, who knows, during your search you may even find a school you like better than Cal-Berkeley.

Good luck!

Thanks! I was also wondering, since I live in New York, Is it harder for me to get accepted? Sami F.

Great follow-up question. Based on Cal-Berkely's own data it DOES appear to be a bit more difficult to get in as an out-of-state student: http://admissions.berkeley.edu/studentprofile The percentage accepted is lower for out-of-state students and the average GPA is higher. It turns out they also have slightly different admissions requirements for out-of-state students: http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/freshman/out-of-state/index.html Gabriel Fig

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Felicia G’s Answer

Hi Sami! You need to have a conversation with your school counselor and and admissions counselor at the schools you're interested in attending.