Basic Admission Requirements

Admissions often hears the question: “What do you look for in a Berkeley applicant?" Although grades and test scores are important, we look beyond numbers and statistics.

Admission to UC Berkeley is a two-step process: satisfying requirements and selection. All achievement—both academic and nonacademic/personal—is considered in the context of your educational circumstances, with an emphasis on the opportunities or challenges presented to you and your response to them. No single attribute or characteristic guarantees the admission of any applicant to Berkeley.

Admission Requirements

All UC Berkeley applicants must meet University of California admission requirements:

Students must refer to their transcript(s) as they fill out the application to ensure the information they enter is accurate. Applicants should not submit transcripts at this point in the process. Please do not submit supporting documentation such as awards, photographs, poetry, etc. with the application. They will not be forwarded, returned, or retained. 

Applicant Information

For more information on the admissions process beyond the requirements, don’t forget to review the following resources.



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