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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 08/01/15.
GPA 3.91 (unweighted)
4.41 (weighted)
ACT (25th & 75th percentiles) 20-34
SAT Math (25th & 75th percentiles) 660-770
SAT Reading (25th & 75th percentiles) 630-740
SAT Writing (25th & 75th percentiles) 650-760
  2015     2014    
*Based on Office of Undergraduate Admissions freshman data as of 08/01/15.
  Applications Admits % Applications Admits %
Total: Freshman 78,918 13,321 17% 73,774 13,324 18%
Fall   11,293     11,068  
Fall w/ Enrollment Paths   2,028     2,256  
  CA Resident Out-of-State International
*Based on Office of Undergraduate Admissions freshman data as of 08/01/15.
Admits/Apps 8,737 / 44,900 3,309 / 19,459 1,275 / 14,559
Admit Rate 19.5% 17% 8.8%
Avg. GPA Apps 3.62 3.72 3.70
Avg. GPA Admit 3.90 3.92 3.91
Avg. SAT Apps 1834 2185 2151
Avg. SAT Admit 2124 2171 2124
Avg. ACT Apps 28 31 30
Avg. ACT Admit 31 33 32
Transfer  
* Based on Office of Undergraduate Admissions data; enrollment estimate as of 08/01/15.
College GPA 3.66-4.0
  2015     2014    
*Based on Office of Undergraduate Admissions freshman data as of 08/01/15.
  Applications Admits % Applications Admits %
Total: Transfers 17,231 3,743 21.7% 16,613 3,825 23.0%
Fall   3,269     3,339  
Spring   474     486  

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.

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Additional Stats for SAT and Admissions

The Personal Statement

How Berkeley Selects Students

UC Berkeley At A Glance

Berkeley Facts
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