While there is a magic number for some CSU’s and less competitive UC’s, when it comes to the more competitive schools, numbers alone are not enough. Does having a 4.0 GPA and a 2100 SAT score guarantee your chances of getting into a college like UCI? On the other hand does having a 3.5 GPA and 1500 SAT score obliterate your hopes of admission? The cappex.com scattergram to the left shows that students with the lower GPA and SAT score got into the university whereas the one with the higher scores were rejected. How are we to interpret this data? The answer is clear- we cannot rely solely on numbers. Your extracurricular activities and your personal statements play pivotal roles in your ad- missions. Cappex.com’s scattergram on who was accepted and who was denied is a great place to start when it comes to gauging your chances of admissions to a particular college. Its a warning to those who rely solely on their GPAs and SAT scores and a source of hope to those with less than perfect numbers. So go ahead, check out cappex.com scattergrams to assess your chances. Google “[A College Name] Cappex.com Admissions” and see the range of those who were admitted and denied. While Cal States look solely at numbers (since they do not ask for personal statements, letter of recommendations, or signs of leadership or accomplishments), in UC’s and private school admissions, those elements count as heavily as your academic records.
By Hannah Houston