The data is taken from the Common Data Set which is sourced ...
directly from contributing US colleges and universities. Data is used by most institutions of Higher Education including the College Board, Peterson’s Guides, and U.S. News & World Report, to facilitate comparisons among institutions. The data includes:
- Admittance ratio = number of applicants admitted as degree-seeking, first-time, first-year divided by number of applicants as degree- seeking, first-time, first-year (freshman).
- Average high school GPA on 4.0 scale for degree-seeking, first-time, first-year (freshman) students
- Average Composite SAT score = Average SAT CR Score + Average Math Score for all enrolled full-time and part-time first-year degree-seeking students
- Average ACT Composite Score for all enrolled full-time and part-time first-year degree-seeking students
- SAT Composite score of enrolled degree-seeking, first-time, first-year (freshman) students at the 75th percentile
- Score of enrolled first-time, first-year degree-seeking (freshman) students at the 75th Percentile on the ACT Composite
There is no magic number of AP classes a student should take but it’s important to bear in mind that if you intend on applying to the more selective universities, you should take the most challenging courses available to you, which include AP ...
classes. Ivy Leagues and other selective universities look for students who have challenged themselves throughout high school and excelled.
Yale states the following on their admissions website, ‘Does your school offer AP courses? An International Baccalaureate program? Both? Neither? We know you did not design your school’s curriculum, and we only expect you to take advantage of such courses if your high school provides them’- https://admissions.yale.edu/advice-selecting-high-school-courses
Stanford’s view is the following, 'We expect you to challenge yourself throughout high school and to do very well. The most important credential that enables us to evaluate your academic record is the high school transcript. Remember, however, that our evaluation of your application goes beyond any numerical formula. There is no minimum GPA or test score; nor is there any specific number of AP or honors courses you must have on your transcript that will secure your admission to Stanford.'- https://admission.stanford.edu/apply/selection/index.html
Harvard College also expects students to take the most rigorous course available to students. 'Most of all, we look for students who make the most of their opportunities and the resources available to them, and who are likely to continue to do so throughout their lives … You should demonstrate your proficiency in the areas described below by taking SAT II Subject Tests, Advanced Placement tests, and International Baccalaureate tests.'- https://college.harvard.edu/admissions/preparing-college/choosing-courses
With this in mind, you should be looking to take courses that stretch you but also interest you, especially if they relate to a subject you wish to major in university. What students want to avoid is loading up on AP courses that have no relation to what they want to study at university and potentially bring down their GPA.
If explaining the GPA is preferred (it doesn’t always seem to be the best approach) an applicant could include it in a personal statement, in the additional information field on the Common Application or a supplementary essay section.
This includes programs in several different fields. Note ...
that some of the programs have not yet announced when applications are open and/or deadlines for submitting an application. If you are interested in the program, I would suggest joining their email list.
The most competitive and worthwhile programs attending will require a well-thought application including for many a cleverly crafted response to the essay questions. The earlier you can begin preparing, the better!
Your question is a difficult one to answer. Colleges aren't looking for one ideal candidate rather they are looking for students with varying backgrounds and interests. However there are some commonalities - they look for students who have the ...
following qualities: Leadership Initiative A sense of social responsibility A commitment to service Special talents or abilities Intellectual curiosity
Good luck with your college search and applications!
For the most part, none of your majors of interest will impact your chances of admission.
UCLA All of your areas of interests lie within the College of Letters and Science. The College does not consider the major when choosing its ...
Within the College of Letters and Science, the major an applicant chooses is not a factor in the review process at the freshman level. UCLA does not normally consider the alternate choices of applicants who applied to majors in the other schools (Engineering, Arts, etc.). http://www.admission.ucla.edu/Prospect/Adm_fr/fradms.htm
The School of Engineering and Applied Science is more competitive to get into however none of your interests fall within this school.
UC Davis Major does have some weight in the admission process.
‘Admission decisions are made based upon the qualifications of the applicant pool and the number of available spaces within each academic area: College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences admits by college College of Biological Sciences admits by college College of Letters and Science admits by division within the college (Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies; Mathematics and Physical Sciences; Social Sciences) College of Engineering admits by academic department’ https://www.ucdavis.edu/admissions/undergraduate/freshman/selection-process