Berkeley GPA, SAT and ACT Data

The University of California at Berkeley is one of the top-rated and most selective public universities in the country, and admission is highly selective. Fewer than one in five applicants will be admitted. 

Berkeley GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

UC Berkeley GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
UC Berkeley GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Accepted, Rejected, and Waitlisted Students. Data courtesy of Cappex.

As the scattergram reveals, students who are admitted to Berkeley tend to have high GPAs and test scores. The blue and green represent accepted students, so you can see that the great majority of students who got into Berkeley have a GPA above a 3.5, an ACT composite score above 22, and a combined SAT score (RW+M) of above 1100. The chances for admission look best for students with GPAs of 3.6 or better, ACT scores of 26 or better, and an SAT score of about 1200 or higher. Also note that high scores and a high GPA are no guarantee of admission -- some students with excellent scores do not get in. Check out the graph of rejection data for Berkeley and you'll see how much red is hidden behind the blue and green in the graph above. 

The reverse is also true--a few students were accepted with test scores and grades below the norm. Like all of the University of California schools, Berkeley has holistic admissions, so the admissions officers are evaluating students based on more than numerical data. Strong Personal Insight Essays, meaningful extracurricular involvement, and your demonstrated interest in your major can all play a role in the admissions process. Work experiences, community service, and your personal background can also be factors. As the graph shows, however, strengths in these non-academic areas will improve your chances of being admitted, but they won't compensate for grades or standardized test scores that are too far below the norm.

Most important of all for admission to UC Berkeley is your academic performance, but Berkeley is looking at much more than your grades. The university wants to see grades that are trending upwards (or at least not downwards) as well as successful completion of challenging college preparatory classes such as AB, IB, and Honors. The university wants to admit students who show passion for learning and who have pushed themselves in high school.

UC Berkeley Admissions Data for Rejected Students

University of California Berkeley GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Rejected Students
University of California Berkeley GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Rejected Students. Data courtesy of Cappex.

In the graph on the previous page, all the blue and green for accepted students hides the fact that a lot of students with excellent grades and standardized test scores get rejected from UC Berkeley. With an acceptance rate below 20%, the university is looking for students who shine in both academic and non-academic areas, so good grades and SAT scores aren't always enough to get an acceptance letter. 

When applying to Berkeley, you'll be safest if you consider it a reach school even if your grades and SAT/ACT scores are on target for admission. 

To learn more about the university, check out the UC Berkeley Profile.

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