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.

Website: www.berkeley.edu/

Public
Co-ed
30,574
Undergraduate
Students
(52.2%) 15,966 Women
(47.0%) 14,358 Men
10,159
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate
17% of 85,057 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
November 30

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.91
SAT Math
650-780 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
650-750 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
29-34 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
In-state: $36,410
Out-of-state: $65,402
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $14,184
Out-of-state: $43,176
Room and Board
$16,160
Average Percent of Need Met
83%
Average Freshman Award
$27,981
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$18,225
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
1,608
Regular Class Size
Not reported
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Campus Life

Berkeley Population
115,403
Nearest Metropolitan Area
San Francisco
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
25% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Oski
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
39.4% Asian
2.0% Black/African-American
17.6% Hispanic/Latino
6.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
29.3% White
4.8% Unknown
International Students
12.3%
First-Year Students Returning
97.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
75.8%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Most Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT I or over 29 on the ACT; about 30% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3 4
Science 2 3
Foreign Language 2 3
Social Studies    
History 2  
Academic Electives 1  

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required December 31
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only Recommended
SAT Essay Component Policy Essay component required
ACT Writing Test Policy Writing component required
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Used for admission
ACT: Used for admission

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
 
City, State, Zip
Berkeley, CA 94720
Phone
(510) 642-6000
Fax
(510) 642-7333

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
November 30
Application Fee
$70
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
March 31
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student cannot defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
17% of 85,057 applicants were admitted
Women
Not reported
Men
Not reported
Students Enrolled
Not reported
Women
3587 admitted students enrolled
Men
3076 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
7,459
Students Accepting Wait List Position
3,725
Students Admitted From Wait List
2,045

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.91
3.75 and Above
85%
3.50 - 3.74
11%
3.25 - 3.49
3%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99
 
2.00 - 2.49
 

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
650-780 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
48%
Score of 600 - 700
32%
Score of 500 - 600
18%
Score of 400 - 500
2%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
650-750 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
39%
Score of 600 - 700
44%
Score of 500 - 600
15%
Score of 400 - 500
2%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
29-34 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
70%
Score of 24 - 29
21%
Score of 18 - 23
8%
Score of 12 - 17
1%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 98%
Top quarter: 100%
Top half: 100%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
In-state: $36,410
Out-of-state: $65,402
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $14,184
Out-of-state: $43,176
Room and Board
$16,160
Books and Supplies
$850
Other Expenses
$5,216
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 2
Final deadline March 2
Award Notification
On or about March 31
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 001312
Free
State Aid Form  

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
4,206 (70.8%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
2,721 (64.5%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
2,633 (93.1%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
843 (23.2%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
83%
Average Award
$27,981
Need-Based Gift
Received by 2,513 (95.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $23,542
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,817 (47.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $7,668
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 77 (4.6%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
419 (5.5%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $5,979

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
17,130 (59.1%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
13,802 (80.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
13,492 (95.7%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
4,209 (24.6%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
83%
Average Award
$25,566
Need-Based Gift
Received by 12,935 (96.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $21,662
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 9,537 (52.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,567
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 325 (2.6%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
1,800 (5.3%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $8,335

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
34%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$18,225
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American Indian/Native American Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics, General
  • Architecture
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Asian-American Studies
  • Astrophysics
  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Celtic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chemistry, Other
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Cognitive Science
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Science
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Dutch/Flemish Language and Literature
  • Economics, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
  • Engineering Science
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • Forest Management/Forest Resources Management
  • Forestry, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • Geological/Geophysical Engineering
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
  • History, General
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Latin American Studies
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Legal Studies, General
  • Linguistics
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Materials Science
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Microbiology, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music, General
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Nutrition Sciences
  • Operations Research
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Health, Other
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Scandinavian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Southeast Asian Studies
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Statistics, General
  • Toxicology
  • Urban Studies/Affairs
  • Women's Studies
Most Popular Disciplines
Social sciences, Engineering, Biological/life sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Student-designed major, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Not reported

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Not reported
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Not required

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
1,608
Part-Time Faculty
732
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
68%
Regular Class Size
Not reported
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
Not reported

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
 
Computer Ownership
Not reported
Computers Available on Campus
Not Reported
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Laws, Master of Public Affairs, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Forestry, Master of Social Work, Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Science, Master of Public Policy, Master of Urban Design, Master of Information and Data Science, Master of Public Administration, Master of Engineering, Master of Information Management and Systems, Master of Financial Engineering, Master of City Planning, Master of Landscape Architecture, Executive Master of Business Administration, Master of Architecture, Master of Journalism, Master of Translational Medicine

Master's Programs of Study

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Archaeology
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Education--General
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Design
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Forestry
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Nutrition
  • Physiology
  • Urban Design
  • Vision Sciences

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Optometry, Doctor of Juridical Science, Juris Doctor, Doctor of Public Health, Doctor of Philosophy

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • African-American Studies
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Science and Technology
  • Archaeology
  • Biophysics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Design
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Forestry
  • French
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • Hispanic and Latin American Languages
  • History
  • History of Science and Technology
  • Italian
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Law
  • Legal and Justice Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Neuroscience
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Nutrition
  • Optometry
  • Philosophy
  • Physiology
  • Political Science
  • Psychology--General
  • Romance Languages
  • Scandinavian Languages
  • Spanish
  • Theater
  • Urban Design
  • Vision Sciences

Location and Setting


Berkeley Population
115,403
Nearest Metropolitan Area
San Francisco
Campus Size
1,232 acres

Weather

Temperature
45.8 average low in January, 68.7 average high in September
Rain
68 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
9 mile(s) from campus in Oakland
Nearest Train Station
4 mile(s) from campus in Berkeley

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, cooperative housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
25% of all students
Housing Requirements
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
75%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
Office of Emergency Preparedness

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Oski
School Colors
Blue and gold

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Crew x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Field Hockey x      
Football     x  
Golf x   x  
Gymnastics x   x  
Lacrosse x   x  
Rugby     x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Swimming And Diving x   x  
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x      
Water Polo x   x  
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Crew x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Field Hockey x  
Football    
Golf x  
Gymnastics x  
Lacrosse x  
Rugby    
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Water Polo x  
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Crew x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Field Hockey    
Football x  
Golf x  
Gymnastics x  
Lacrosse x  
Rugby x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Water Polo x  
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, soccer, softball, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC offered on campus, Navy ROTC is offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered on campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
30,574
Women
15,966 (52.2%)
Men
14,358 (47.0%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
29,105
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
39.4% Asian
2.0% Black/African-American
17.6% Hispanic/Latino
6.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
29.3% White
4.8% Unknown
International Students.
12.3%
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
10,159

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
97.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
75.8%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
88.3%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
91.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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