|Students who got into UCSB say:|
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I actually applied to UCSB as a backup without even visiting the campus. I attended a very competitive prep school and was definitely qualified to attend the school. What I liked about it was the personalities of the students and the friendliness of the campus.
| Feb 14 2012 |
What should you do to get in? Participate in as many extracurricular as you can while still maintaining a good GPA and achieving good test scores. Our campus prides ourselves on a good balance of life and work. Our students leave school ready to attack the world because of both their performance in the classroom and their ability to communicate well with others.
I applied to get in. As in out-of-state student, you are at a serious disadvantage because the UCs will accept in-staters above all others. I managed to get in (from MA) because I was shooting for the ivy-league schools...meaning I had a 4.3 GPA, took a course at a local university, was in band,marching band, wind ensemble, pit orchestra, national honor society, key club, had an internship at the Broad Institute (combined lab of Harvard and MIT) junior year of HS, took the most challenging courses my schedule would allow, got an honorable mention at a regional science fair, etc. Good-luck out-of-staters =) Have a pulse and an okay SAT score.
Like said, I transferred from UCR and all I did was do what most intercampus transfers have to do - maintain at least a 3.0 GPA and complete your 90 units (all your GE's) by the time you end sophomore year. And of course, if you have any major specific requirements you must fulfill for any of your prospective UC's, to fulfill those in time.
| Communications|| Jun 14 2011 |
And like I already mentioned, if UCSB is on your list, REALLY think about if you can survive in such a school. And just from my personal experience, Asians don't seem to fit in too well at this school. But again, that's just me (and I'm not a party person either)