UC Berkeley Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More

Le Conte Hall at Berkeley
Le Conte Hall at Berkeley (Explore the UC Berkeley campus in this photo tour). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

UC Berkeley Admissions Overview:

Admissions at UC Berkeley are very selective--only 17% of those who apply are admitted. As part of the application process, students must submit scores from either the SAT or ACT. Slightly more students submit scores from the SAT, but both are accepted equally. As part of the University of California, UC Berkeley accepts applications through the UC system, which makes things easier if you are applying to more than one school in that system.

Make sure you put time and care into the required personal insight questions on the application.

Explore the Campus:

Berkeley Photo Tour #1 -- Featuring academic buildings.
Berkeley Photo Tour #2 -- Featuring athletic, residential and student life facilities.

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Admissions Data (2015):

UC Berkeley Description:

Occupying an impressive 1,232-acre campus, UC Berkeley frequently ranks #1 among the country's top public universities.

It offers students a bustling and beautiful campus in the San Francisco Bay area, and top-ranked programs in the humanities, sciences, and engineering. Well known for its liberal and activist personality, Berkeley provides its students with a rich and vibrant social environment. Berkeley earned a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, and the school's strong research initiatives earned it membership in the Association of American Universities.

Berkeley academics are supported by a 15 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and about 75% of classes have fewer than 30 students. Like several of the other University of California schools, Berkeley competes in the NCAA Division I Pacific 12 Conference.

Enrollment (2015):

  • Total Enrollment: 38,189 (27,496 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 48% Male / 52% Female
  • 97% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $13,509 (in-state); $40,191 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,262 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $16,389
  • Other Expenses: $5,209
  • Total Cost: $36,369 (in-state); $63,051 (out-of-state)

UC Berkeley Financial Aid (2014 - 15):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 67%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 59%
    • Loans: 28%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $18,018
    • Loans: $5,551

Academic Programs:

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 96%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 73%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 92%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Rowing, Swimming, Water Polo, Golf, Gymnastic, Baseball, Track and Field, Soccer, Basketball
  • Women's Sports: Track and Field, Lacrosse, Rowing, Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball, Softball, Gymnastics, Field Hockey

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics

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