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    Hi guys so i have always wanted to study in the us, and the recent trip along the east coast and then california confirmed this desire.

    I am willing to pay the full amount of money for an undergrad biology or life sciences degree. Me and my parents have enough fortunately, and i have recently inherited a bit of cash from a late aunt.

    I wanted to do medicine in the past, but got rejected. Got an offer in ucas extra for UCL biochemical engineering A*AA, but decided last year i did not want to take it. So far my application in UK has been a tragedy.

    I know that the universities stated are the most competitive, but do i have a chance?

    I HAVE NOT TAKEN ANY SATS OR ANYTHING YET. And i dont know how the application works, i take it US universities recognize a-levels and gcses?

    Is my current profile good enough?

    Gcses: 9A* 1A, A* in epq taken 2 years early, A IN FSMQ maths.
    AS: AAAAA bio chem maths geography generalstudies respectively.
    A2: A*A*A bio chem and maths respectively.

    HOW DO I CALCULATE GPA?

    I heard that ECs are important, but please remember that i have finished sixth form only:
    ECs:
    All three dofe awards complete.
    RAF lance corporal 2 years, honor guard, gliding and shooting.
    Model United Nations participation 2 years.
    Rugby school teams.
    Student councillor 2 years.
    Used to be prefect in old school.
    Gifted and talented society.
    Got first aid certificate.
    Low level taekwondo (probs not gonna mention).

    Voluntary and work experience (most are healthcare related):
    Care home 3 months weekly.
    15 days nursing home with demented.
    3 weeks dentists
    3 weeks in soup kitchens.
    2x3 week placements in local general practice.
    3 weeks pharmacy.
    1 week general hospital work experience shadowing surgeons, foundation doctors, haemotology, histopathology, respiratory and gastro.

    So what do i need to do? i know i need to do SATs, shall i do APs?

    Do you think i should aim lower or do i have a chance?

    any ivy would be fine, but harvard, yale, princeton and columbia would be orgasmic....but then again i cant be picky.
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    (Original post by solarplexus)
    Hi guys so i have always wanted to study in the us, and the recent trip along the east coast and then california confirmed this desire.

    I am willing to pay the full amount of money for an undergrad biology or life sciences degree. Me and my parents have enough fortunately, and i have recently inherited a bit of cash from a late aunt.

    I wanted to do medicine in the past, but got rejected. Got an offer in ucas extra for UCL biochemical engineering A*AA, but decided last year i did not want to take it. So far my application in UK has been a tragedy.

    I know that the universities stated are the most competitive, but do i have a chance?

    I HAVE NOT TAKEN ANY SATS OR ANYTHING YET. And i dont know how the application works, i take it US universities recognize a-levels and gcses?

    Is my current profile good enough?

    Gcses: 9A* 1A, A* in epq taken 2 years early, A IN FSMQ maths.
    AS: AAAAA bio chem maths geography generalstudies respectively.
    A2: A*A*A bio chem and maths respectively.

    HOW DO I CALCULATE GPA?

    I heard that ECs are important, but please remember that i have finished sixth form only:
    ECs:
    All three dofe awards complete.
    RAF lance corporal 2 years, honor guard, gliding and shooting.
    Model United Nations participation 2 years.
    Rugby school teams.
    Student councillor 2 years.
    Used to be prefect in old school.
    Gifted and talented society.
    Got first aid certificate.
    Low level taekwondo (probs not gonna mention).

    Voluntary and work experience (most are healthcare related):
    Care home 3 months weekly.
    15 days nursing home with demented.
    3 weeks dentists
    3 weeks in soup kitchens.
    2x3 week placements in local general practice.
    3 weeks pharmacy.
    1 week general hospital work experience shadowing surgeons, foundation doctors, haemotology, histopathology, respiratory and gastro.

    So what do i need to do? i know i need to do SATs, shall i do APs?

    Do you think i should aim lower or do i have a chance?

    any ivy would be fine, but harvard, yale, princeton and columbia would be orgasmic....but then again i cant be picky.
    You say you can't be picky, but you're only focusing on ivy league schools. There are plenty of other colleges and universities that are world class. If you're serious about this, your best bet is to get in contact with some universities to find out what they want from you.


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    GPA is calculated in different ways but generally unweighted GPA is:
    A=4
    B=3
    C=2
    D=1
    e.g. AAB; 4+4+3 / 3(number of subjects) = 3.67 GPA
    3.8+ is considered good; clearly you have a 4.0 GPA

    Weighted GPA takes into account "advanced classes" but since it is compatible with APs mostly, idk how to calculate it. Plus, most colleges are okay with just UW GPA.

    Can't exactly tell you your chances without knowing your SAT score, which has to be in the 2200s if you are looking to apply to those colleges.

    You don't need APs as they will overlap with your A-levels.

    Please don't only apply to the Ivy Leagues, even top students get rejected from those every year... UC Berkeley is a good choice, as you have mentioned, while UCLA is another great UC.

    Good luck
 
 
 
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