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Be excellent.

Becoming a Golden Bear requires more than a test score. To “be Berkeley” requires persistence. And passion. And a desire to give back. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the first in your family to attend college or you’re the latest in a long tradition of educational excellence: You stand up and you stand out.

Keep in mind that UC Berkeley receives far more applications than it can admit. Consequently, to gain admission, you need to present an academic profile much stronger than that represented by the minimum University of California admission requirements.

Student Profile

Freshmen  
* Based on Office of Undergraduate Admissions data; enrollment estimate as of 4/15/13.
GPA 3.90 (unweighted)
4.37 (weighted)
ACT (25th & 75th percentiles) 29-34
SAT Math (25th & 75th percentiles) 660-770
SAT Reading (25th & 75th percentiles) 630-740
SAT Writing (25th & 75th percentiles) 640-760
  2013     2012    
*Based on Office of Undergraduate Admissions freshman data as of 6/8/13.
  Applications Admits % Applications Admits %
Total: Freshman 67,701 14,158 20.9% 61,695 13,037 21.1%
Fall   11,945 17.6%   10,896 17.7%
Spring   2,213     2,141  
  CA Resident Out-of-State International
*Based on Office of Undergraduate Admissions freshman data as of 7/30/13.
Admits/Apps 9,124 / 42,548 3,341 / 13,856 1,647 / 11,288 
Admit Rate 21.4% 24.1% 14.6%
Avg. GPA Apps 3.60 3.7 3.69
Avg. GPA Admit 3.89 3.92 3.9
Avg. SAT Apps 1839 1985 1980
Avg. SAT Admit 2044 2141 2132
Avg. ACT Apps 27 30 28
Avg. ACT Admit 30 33 31
Transfer  
* Based on Office of Undergraduate Admissions data; enrollment estimate as of 7/30/13.
College GPA 3.77
  2013     2012    
*Based on Office of Undergraduate Admissions freshman data as of 7/30/13.
  Applications Admits % Applications Admits %
Total: Transfers 15,989 3,916 24.5% 15,745 3,819 24.3%
Fall   3,396     3,391  
Spring   520     428  

What we look for in Berkeley students

Here at UC Berkeley we conduct what is known as holistic review. That means, we review each application in its entirety, word by word, page by page. We literally hug your application!

While grades and test scores are important and our applicant pool is highly competitive, we read each application individually—looking beyond the numbers—for students who can add to the extraordinary educational atmosphere at Berkeley.

Start your application early and distinguish yourself by writing about your own experience in a way that sets you apart from other applicants.

Learn more

"What Are My Chances" calculator (from Cappex.com)

Additional Stats for SAT and Admissions

The Personal Statement

How Berkeley Selects Students

Profile of UC Berkeley Undergraduates | Office of Planning & Analysis

UC Berkeley At A Glance | Office of Public Affairs

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