Choosing Your First Semester Classes

Welcome incoming freshmen! Good to see that you’ve chosen UC Berkeley as the school of your choice, and good to see you’re interested in Haas.

A very common question I’ve received from students lately is how to choose your first semester schedule at Cal, and it’s amazing I haven’t written about it before; so here goes!

In a nutshell, I suggest you take these classes your first semester:

  • Math
  • R&C or fun / breadth / pre-req
  • fun / breadth / pre-req
  • fun / breadth / pre-req

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My Scores

Interested in my grades when I applied to Haas? Here they are below!

Pre-reqs

  • Math 16B – A
  • Stats 20 – A-
  • UGBA 10 – B-
  • Econ 1 – B+
  • English R1A B+
  • Ling R1B A-

Applying GPA: 3.64

Note: you see plenty of B’s on here. There’s a also a B- I’m not particularly proud of. However, I took around 5 classes a semester, and it balanced those out to a little below average applying GPA, so don’t expect to have something similar if you have mostly B’s.

Do your best! If it doesn’t go well, supplement your grades with your passion.

Haas Pre-Requisites Schedule

One of your most important duties as a pre-Haas freshman is to figure out the best times to take the Haas pre-requisite courses. This is extremely important; for if you don’t take all the pre-reqs by the end of sophomore year, you will automatically be rejected from Haas without a fighting chance. At the same time, you don’t want to take them all at once. You want focus. Here are some suggestions for the times to take your pre-reqs.

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UGBA 10 vs. Econ 1

It’s not a surprise that the most important Haas pre-requisites are UGBA 10 and Econ 1, the business and economics introductory courses. I wouldn’t it call it a necessity that you need to do well in both, but they are significant factors towards the 50% grades and coursework slice in the Haas application. Here is what you should expect from both classes.

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20 Myths about Applying to Haas

There is always a set of assumptions¬†that seem to be pervasive in every applicant’s mind when considering what Haas does and does not accept. Let me tell you something: there’s no set formula. There is no magical amount of internships you need to do, no set GPA, no amount of connections in your non-existent network; nor is there any¬†key position you need to obtain in some business club. There is no perfect candidate. It’s an arbitrary process. In fact, there is literally no key to getting into Haas. Here are some myths, debunked, when you’re thinking about applying to Haas as an undergraduate.

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