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University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

Founded in 1868 as the flagship campus of the University of California, UC Berkeley is a public institution with a long history of academic excellence, groundbreaking research, and social and political activism. An internationally renowned research and teaching university, Berkeley encourages interdisciplinary, well-rounded education in its undergraduate students, believing that "a diverse and broadly inquisitive learning experience strengthens and promotes creativity and curiosity." Close to 30 percent of freshmen are the first in their families to attend college. Its 1,232-acre campus is located in Berkeley, about 15 miles from San Francisco.

Institution TypePublic
Undergraduate Students27,126
   Women14,137 (52.1%)
   Men12,989 (47.9%)
Graduate Students10,439


Entrance Difficulty 
Overall Admission Rate16% of 73,779 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission Deadline 
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA3.85
SAT Math630-760 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading600-730 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing610-740 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite28-33 range of middle 50%


Cost of AttendanceIn-state: $35,365
Out-of-state: $60,073
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $13,431
Out-of-state: $38,139
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met89%
Average Freshman Award$26,871
Average Indebtedness of
2011 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Not reported
Regular Class SizeNot reported


Berkeley Population115,403
Nearest Metropolitan AreaSan Francisco
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 95% of freshmen, 26% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
40.7% Asian
2.4% Black/African-American
16.0% Hispanic/Latino
5.5% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.3% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
32.0% White
2.9% Unknown
International Students13.7%
First-Year Students Returning97.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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CLASS OF 2020 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
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Average 3.74 4.16 688 660 667 31
Low 1.85 1.85 360 206 370 14
High 4.00 5.00 800 800 800 36
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• UC's famous bell tower, the Campanile, stores dinosaur bones.

• UC Berkeley's 34-acre Botanical Garden features an intriguing selection of carnivorous plants, selected for the different ways they lure prey.

• Researchers at Cal developed the first cyclotron, isolated the human polio virus and discovered a string of elements heavier than uranium.

A portion of the College Profile data is provided under license by:
Annual Survey of Colleges 2015, copyright © 2015 The College Board. All rights reserved.
Peterson's Undergraduate and Undergraduate Financial Aid Databases,
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