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Old 04-25-2010, 12:52 PM
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My daughter, not Asian, goes to UC Davis and a few of her friends are at UCLA and some at Berkeley.
The ones are UCLA are a lot less happy with their choice than she and her friends at Davis and Berkeley.
so, brand name isn't everything.
UCLA is great if you want to be a doctor but so are other UCs, especially UCSD

Good luck
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Old 04-25-2010, 12:53 PM
Location: Nashville, TN
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Very hard. I know a few people who went there and they are ridiculously smart with a high GPA (over 4.0) and were very involved in high school (Student council, sports, clubs, etc). If you have a high GPA, but don't do anything like student council, etc you won't get in. They don't just want a smart person, but someone who is well rounded. I know many smart people who weren't accepted because they weren't involved in anything else. Many apply, but few actually get in.
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Old 04-25-2010, 01:07 PM
Location: State of Washington (2016)
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I just found out my daughter got into UCLA this past Friday and she is definitely not Asian nor was she involved in a lot of social activities in high school. What she is, is smart: she is 16 and she has a high GPA. Her admissions essay was very well written. Some of her friends who were Asian and listed tons of community and school activities did not get in.

What I'm saying is the decision is based on many factors and one shouldn't assume it will necessarily be easy because of race, grades, extracurricular activities, financial status (or lack of), or whatever. If you want to go there, apply and let them see how interested in you are in going UCLA specifically.
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Old 04-25-2010, 01:33 PM
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Generalizations about L.A. and its "alleged glamor" are irrelevant as the OP has already declared Earth Sciences as a course of study. Isn't that what we're always saying, that it all depends on the major? UCLA is ranked around 12th for Earth Sciences. Quite respectable, but if you're in fact influenced by the choice of region then CIT in Pasadena is TOP-ranked, though of course it's also hard to get accepted. It's also a great part of town, and aside from the university's scholastic merits your living arrangements would really open up to less expensive options than available in the westside.

But the simple answer to your question is, yes, UCLA is hard to get into.
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Old 04-25-2010, 01:39 PM
Location: California
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Originally Posted by Bunjee View Post
But the simple answer to your question is, yes, UCLA is hard to get into.
ESPECIALLY if you are out of state.
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Old 04-25-2010, 01:59 PM
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Have you tried any of the service academies? The Naval academy in Maryland, West Point in New York or the Air Force academy in Colorado. All are top notch schools, and you get to serve your country too!
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