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  • Phone: (510) 642-3175

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The University of California, Berkeley has a reputation of excellence, boasting many renowned graduates and faculty members.  In fact, 20 UC Berkeley faculty members have received Nobel awards.  According to a National Research Council analysis, UC Berkeley has at least 48 highly ranked graduate programs, making it one of the top 10 universities in the nation.

The UC Berkeley campus is known nearly as much for its colorful history of political and social activism as it is for its exemplary academics.  Its attractive campus features Sproul Plaza, Campanile Tower, Lawrence Hall and Doe Library, among other architectural landmarks.

The University of California, Berkeley is also known as "UC Berkeley" or simply "Cal."

History

In 1849, when California first became a state, those drafting the State Constitution added a clause for establishing a university that would "contribute even more than California's gold to the glory and happiness of advancing generations."  This aspiration led to a merger in 1868 of the private College of California in Oakland, California with a state-legislated land grant that included the Agricultural, Mining and Mechanical Arts College and land parcels in both Oakland and Berkeley, California.  The governor of California signed into law the Organic Act allowing for the creation and organization of the "University of California."

The University of California was officially founded in 1869 with a group of 10 faculty members and 40 students on its first campus in Oakland, California.  In 1873, the University of California moved to a new campus in Berkeley.  After much debate over its mission, governance and curricula, the State Constitution of 1879 guaranteed the University of California some independence to organize and govern itself via its Board of Regents with only limited oversight by the state legislature.  This structure of governance would lead to periodic debates through the years between the regents, state governor and legislators, campus chancellors, faculty members and students.

In 1914 the University of California, Los Angeles was established, initiating the statewide UC System that today has 10 campuses across California.  The University of California, Berkeley is considered the flagship institution of the UC System.

Academics

The academic calendar of the University of California, Berkeley is based on the semester system.  UC Berkeley offers more than 350 different degree programs, in one of its 14 colleges and schools, ranging from Aerospace Studies and Art History to Urban Design and Women's Studies.

The academic year at UC Berkeley is divided into two semesters, fall and spring, and one Summer Session.  If you have earned quarter units at another institution that you wish to transfer to UC Berkeley, they can be converted to semester units by multiplying by two-thirds (i.e. 180 quarter units is equal to 120 semester units).

Colleges and Schools

The University of California, Berkeley is comprised of 14 colleges and schools, which are:

  • College of Letters and Science
  • Haas School of Business
  • College of Chemistry
  • Graduate School of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Environmental Design
  • School of Information
  • Graduate School of Journalism
  • School of Law
  • College of Natural Resources
  • School of Optometry
  • School of Public Health
  • Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy
  • School of Social Welfare

Student Life

Student organizations abound at UC Berkeley, with hundreds available to connect students to community, share talents and develop their group building and leadership skills. The Center for Student Leadership offers assistance with student organization recognition, recruitment and retention, as well as campus publicity and event planning for different groups.

UC Berkeley's Center for Student Leadership also provides programs that provide leadership development models and theories.  Individual or group coaching is available, in addition to workshops, team building and challenge course initiatives.

The Cal Corps Public Service Center has many volunteer or internship programs that connect people, ideas and resources to activism in the areas of social justice, community health and public service.

The Cal2Action.Berkeley.edu program offers online resources that connect UC Berkeley students to countless community volunteer programs such as Berkeley After School Program Volunteers, The Music Connection and Youth Impact, among others.

Fraternities and Sororities

There is a thriving "Greek Life" on campus at UC Berkeley with more than 60 recognized chapters of fraternities and sororities.  The "Cal Greeks" have a 140-year tradition at UC Berkeley, and students seeking a common ground for leadership, scholarship, friendship and service can choose from a diverse selection of sisterhood or brotherhood chapters.

Traditions

The California Golden Bears, or Cal Bears, sports teams are known throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.  You will hear many traditional Cal Bears songs and cheers when attending any sporting event at UC Berkeley.  The UC Berkeley Rally Committee is charged with the responsibility of guarding and protecting the universities traditional songs and cheers.

Athletics

UC Berkeley is well known for its Cal Bears sports teams, rally and spirit groups, and more than nine spectator sports facilities.  You can log onto CalBears.com, the official site of the California Golden Bears intercollegiate athletics.  The site includes sports news, schedules and ticket sales, traditions, boosters clubs and more.

There are many club sports and recreational activities available at UC Berkeley, in addition to intramural sports.  Intramural sports include leagues for a variety of indoor and outdoor sports such as basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball and tennis.  The Cal Sports Club provides instruction, competition and recreation in 25 sports and activities open to all Cal Recreation Club members.

Satellite Campuses

There are many adult education and continuing education classes offered through the UC Berkeley Extension program.  The extension courses are taught at satellite campuses in Berkeley and San Francisco, California and many courses or certificate programs are available online.

The programs of study available through UC Berkeley Extension include Art & Design, Behavioral & Health Sciences, Business, Computer Technology, Education, Engineering, Humanities, Sciences, Sustainability Studies, Writing, Editing and Technical Communication.

Community Life

There is plenty to do on and off the campus of University of California, Berkeley.  The UC Berkeley website provides a searchable calendar of campus events that include art exhibits, music performances by established artists from around the world, weekly noon concerts, comedy nights and many other forms of entertainment.

Many listings for entertainment and news can be found in the Daily Cal, an award-winning, independent newspaper run by students since 1871.  Other news outlets include The Berkeleyan, a weekly newspaper from staff and faculty, as well as podcasts and the KALX student-run campus radio station.

Several popular dining spots are located on the UC Berkeley campus, including Ramona's Café, Pat Brown's Grill, The Terrace Café, The Golden Bear and the Free Speech Movement Café, an eatery and study spot that features a wall exhibit and events that offer a forum on timely political and social issues.

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Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may give an overview of the students UC Berkeley accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of students that were accepted, as well as any college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to get a better idea of your chances of getting into University of California - Berkeley.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Recommended

College Credits Accepted

  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

SAT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2010

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
SAT ® Critical Reading600 - 730
SAT ® Math630 - 760
SAT ® Writing610 - 740
SAT ® Total Score1840 - 2230

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2010

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English26 - 33
ACT ® Math27 - 34
ACT ® Composite Score27 - 32

Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into UC Berkeley

The chances of getting accepted into UC Berkeley can be seen in the table below.

 Number (Percentage)
Applicants50,374
Granted Admissions10,795 (21%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled4,109 (38%)

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at University of California - Berkeley is about 36,000, with undergraduate students making up about 71% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $15,600. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $60 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range estimates:
    • State Residents: $11,000-$13,000
    • Out-of-State: $34,000-$40,920
  • on campus dorms & meals are estimated to cost around $18,000

UC Berkeley oversees multiple professional schools that manage the various programs, curriculums, research facilities, and more. Listed below are the professional schools along with their estimated annual tuition:

  • Medical School (Tuition: $31,000/yr)
  • Optometry School (Tuition: $28,000/yr)
  • Law School (Tuition: $46,000/yr)

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid66%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships56%$15,272
Receiving Student Loans29%$5,401

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 1%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, University of California - Berkeley may provide services including:

  • Career path counseling
  • Work study style employment
  • Assistance to find work
  • Day care

Graduation Rates

University of California - Berkeley has a very high graduation rate when compared to similar schools nearby.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years71%
Graduating in 5 Years17%
Graduating in 6 Years3%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Intercollegiate Athletics

University of California - Berkeley is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Pac-10 Conference)
  • Basketball (Pac-10 Conference)
  • Track and Field (Pac-10 Conference)
  • Field Hockey
  • Football (Pac-10 Conference)
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Other Sports

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Business and Marketing Studies

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Social Sciences

English Language and Literature

  • English (B, D, M)
  • Rhetoric and Composition (B, D, M)

Legal Professions and Studies

  • Law (D)
  • Advanced Legal Research (D, M)
  • Legal Studies (B)
  • Legal Professions and Studies (D, M)

Psychology

Engineering

Communications and Journalism

Natural Resources and Conservation

Health and Clinical Professions

History

Architecture

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Interdisciplinary Studies (B, D, M)
  • Cognitive Science (B)
  • Nutrition (B, D)
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution (B)
  • Ancient Mediterranean, Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology (B, D, M)
  • Global Studies (M)

Mathematics and Statistics

Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry (B, D, M)
  • Physics (B, D, M)
  • Materials Science (B, D, M)
  • Astrophysics (B, D, M)
  • Oceanography, Chemical and Physical (B)
  • Geology (B, D, M)
  • Geophysics and Seismology (B)
  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology (B)
  • Physical Sciences (B)

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

  • United States Studies (B)
  • Ethnic Studies (B, D, M)
  • African-American Studies (B, D)
  • Womens Studies (B)
  • Chicano Studies (B)
  • Asian Civilization Studies (B, M)
  • Latin American Studies (B, M)
  • Asian-American Studies (B)
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies (B, D)
  • Native American Studies

Public Administration and Social Services

Computer and Information Sciences

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Education

Visual and Performing Arts

  • Fine Studio Arts (B, M)
  • Art History (B, D, M)
  • Film Studies (B, D)
  • Music (B, D, M)
  • Drama (B, D)
  • Dance (B)
  • Design and Visual Communications (M)

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Linguistics (B, D, M)
  • Comparative Literature (B, D, M)
  • Japanese Language and Literature (B, D, M)
  • French Language and Literature (B, D, M)
  • Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General (B, D, M)
  • Chinese Language and Literature (B, D, M)
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (B, D, M)
  • German Language and Literature (B, D, M)
  • Italian Language and Literature (B, D, M)
  • Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (B, D, M)
  • Classical Languages, Literatures and Linguistics (B, D, M)
  • Celtic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (B)
  • Middle Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures and Linguistics (B)
  • Scandinavian Languages, Literatures and Linguistics (B, D, M)
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (D)
  • Ancient Greek Language and Literature (B)

Agriculture Operations

  • Agricultural Economics (D, M)
  • Range Science and Management (M)

Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Humanistic Studies (B)

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