University of California schools require two full semesters of the same performing or visual art, but my school does not offer this. What should I do?

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    Lisa Buchwalter
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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

For students applying as freshman, UC does not maintain approved “a-g” course lists for secondary schools outside of California. UC expects students to follow a challenging college-preparatory curriculum that would allow the student to enroll in a competitive university in their home country. For the arts requirement, they will accept a full-year course or two sequential semesters of the same type of visual or performing art course. The categories are Dance, Music, theater, Interdisciplinary and Visual arts (e.g., painting, web/graphic design, film/video, inter/multimedia arts). The UC’s are very strict when it comes to their a-g subject requirements. If your school....View More

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I'm an IBDP student in India. I applied to UCLA last year around November and was rejected. However, UCLA is my dream college and I want to study Computer Science undergrad there. I plan to take a gap year and reapply. Do UCs prefer students who're still in high school? Will UCLA accept me if I apply after taking a gap year?

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    Tom O'Keefe
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Tom O'Keefe Answered 5 months ago

Brief answer here, as I have limited time myself at the moment: I would strongly encourage you to focus on what it is you are doing with your gap year. In general, most elite schools – like UCLA – in the US are now very open to students taking gap years, but taking a gap year just to reapply to your dream college is not advisable. You need to be doing something of substance with that time, first and foremost  for yourself, but also so as to be able to tell a compelling story about why it is you decided....View More

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Is there any major advantage(worth paying 10k more a year) for choosing UCSD over UWisconsin Madison for Electrical Engineering? I have another option: UIUC for Engineering Physics, problem is if I end up wanting to transfer to EE which I believe is quite tough.

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    Kim Dixit
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Kim Dixit Answered 6 months ago

All of these are great options. Assess your own priorities and decide (e.g. $10k/yr, weather, course content, etc.) I always tell students that nothing is good or bad, everything is what YOU make of it. I have seen many students waste opportunities at top universities because they expected the college's name to do all the work. It's up to you in the end to create value out of your education, no matter where you end up. 

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Other than UC Berkely and UC Los Angeles, what are the good UC schools for Economics and International Affairs? I was looking at a few sites, but there doesn't seem to be a consensus on what the next best UC university is.

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    Lisa Buchwalter
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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 4 months ago

As a graduate of UC Berkeley, I can highly recommend it for both Economics and International Affairs! But I am definitely prejudiced. :-) UCLA is terrific also. You should also look at UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine and UC Santa Cruz. All have terrific programs. There are other California schools that may fit the bill as well, such as Occidental (one of the best IR department in the nation with a semester in Washington you can do) and Claremont McKenna/Pomona. I hate to recommend Stanford to anyone, as it's near impossible to get into, but their Econ....View More

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How can I electronically send official transcripts to Berkeley?

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    Anupama Singh
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Anupama Singh Answered 5 months ago

Now when you apply to any of the UC schools you just self-report your courses and grades in the application so you won't need to send the transcript electronically as part of your application.  If the school has any questions when they review your application, they will contact you directly and ask.  If you are offered admission you will receive information about submitting a final, official transcript.  At that point, you can work with the school about what they require as they will likely provide detailed instructions.

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How can I attach a resume and a research paper to my UCAS application?

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    Judith Winters
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Judith Winters Answered a month ago

You can not attache resume and research paper through UCAS but some universities might accept it if you contact them directly.

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