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March 22, 2023



And it's interesting to see that of those who were admitted who then enrolled, it was 46% for BHS and 64% for Mills.

I've also been away from the high school scene a while, but my sense at the time was that BHS generally had more kids interested in private schools or community college, and at Mills (which my kids attended) there was a real focus on UC schools, particularly pushed by the parents.


My guess is that the Mills curriculum had more emphasis on ethnic studies and the UC admissions officers like that. Just kidding.

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Good Point HMB.
Seriously though, WWWWHHHHHAAAAAAA.


It takes far more that a 4.0 GPA+ to get through the UC's admission process

Don't use the Comical's link, use the one below that takes you to the real data.


The UC's only compare students against their own high school peers for admission. Therefore, BHS students only compete against BHS students... NOT other high schools.

Therefore, BHS does NOT compete against Mills for seats, although all schools are evaluated for “historical practice” – Courses, Grades, GPA’s, and performance once at the UC.

The UC's use 13 criteria for admission (see below)
with (1) Courses offered/taken, (2) GPA Grades 10-11, (3) # of AP/Honors-All Years, and (4) Senior Year Schedule with a focus on academics.

Since these academics are the “high bar” (GPA =4.0+, AP courses, serious senior year) the essays and activities Add Value to be selected. (The inverse is not true, students with activities and NOT grades or AP classes will not be admitted)

SAT/ACT’s are no longer used by the UC’s

GPA is the Median (50%) of the grades 10-11 A-G GPA with a GPA (bump) cap of 8 semesters of AP work
% Admit is the percentage of admissions.

GPA--Admitted Students at UC Berkeley (22) 11 students are above 4.32 and 11 are below.(very tight margins)
Admitted #/Applications#
Admitted GPA (Median of admitted students-50% above and 50% below- ouch!)
Admitted %- by high school

Burlingame (Adm/Apply) -Amit GPA- % Admit
Berkeley - (22/150) - 4.32 - 15%
Davis - (65/161) - 4.3 - 40%
Irvine - (23/146) - 4.24 - 16%
UCLA - (17/180) - 4.37 - 9%
Merced - (41/41) - 3.89 - 100%
Riverside - (37/53) - 4.09 - 70%
UCSD - (27/173) - 4.36 - 16%
UCSB - (40/186) - 4.34 - 22%
UCSC - (42/123) - 4.18 - 34%

The admits at Berkeley, UCLA, UCSD are primarily the exact same students of the highest rank.

Take-away- If a student does NOT carry a 4.0+ GPA (with AP courses-many of them) their chances of admission reduce very quickly.

The completion of Calc AB or BC is essential to be admitted (except Merced and Riverside)

Mills Adm/Appl Amit GPA % Admit
Berkeley- (25/122)- 4.3- 20%
Davis- (37/135)- 4.31- 27%
Irvine- (18/146)- 4.27- 12%
UCLA- (11/139)- 4.35- 8%
Merced- (35/36)- 3.9- 97%
Riverside- (74/94)- 4.13- 79%
UCSD- (28/136)- 4.3- 21%
UCSB- (23/119)- 4.33- 19%
UCSC (46/96) - 4.14 48%

UC Admission Criteria-(See #1-5 as power-ranking-must have what the top students in YOUR school have or no admission)

1. *Academic grade point average in all completed A-G courses, including additional points for completed UC-certified honors courses.
2. *Number of, content of and performance in academic courses beyond the minimum A-G requirements.
3. *Number of and performance in UC-approved honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate Higher Level and transferable college courses.
4. Identification by UC as being ranked in the top 9 percent of your high school class at the end of your junior year (Eligible in the Local Context, or ELC).
5. *Quality of your senior-year program as measured by the type and number of academic courses in progress or planned.
6. *Quality of your academic performance relative to the educational opportunities available in your high school.
7. Outstanding performance in one or more specific subject areas.
8. Outstanding work in one or more special projects in any academic field of study.
9. Recent, marked improvement in academic performance as demonstrated by academic GPA and the quality of coursework completed or in progress.
10. Special talents, achievements and awards in a particular field, such as visual and performing arts, communication or athletic endeavors; special skills, such as demonstrated written and oral proficiency in other languages; special interests, such as intensive study and exploration of other cultures; experiences that demonstrate unusual promise for leadership, such as significant community service or significant participation in student government; or other significant experiences or achievements that demonstrate the student's promise for contributing to the intellectual vitality of a campus.
11. Completion of special projects undertaken in the context of your high school curriculum or in conjunction with special school events, projects or programs.
12. Academic accomplishments in light of your life experiences and special circumstances, including but not limited to: disabilities, low family income, first generation to attend college, need to work, disadvantaged social or educational environment, difficult personal and family situations or circumstances, refugee status or veteran status.
13. Location of your secondary school and residence.


Wow. You should do this for a living, OMW.


The Mercury News looked at this year's BHS grads' results which are for the graduating class of 368 students (98.6%).

% of Graduates Meeting UC/CSU Req's
Burlingame High 81.3%

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