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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 10/2017.
GPA 3.91 (unweighted)
4.44 (weighted)
ACT (25th & 75th percentiles) 30-34
SAT Composite (25th & 75th percentiles) 1290-1480
SAT Math Section (25th & 75th percentiles) 640-760
SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing Section (25th & 75th percentiles) 640-730
  2017     2016    
*Based on Office of Undergraduate Admissions freshman data as of 10/2017.
  Applications Admits % Applications Admits %
Total: Freshman 85,054 15,567 18.3% 82,573 14,433 17.5%
  CA Resident Out-of-State International
*Based on Office of Undergraduate Admissions freshman data as of 10/2017.
Admits/Apps 9,715/ 49,280 4,490 / 20,326 1,362 / 15,448
Admit Rate 19.7% 22.1% 8.8%
Avg. GPA Apps 3.64 3.75 3.73
Avg. GPA Admit 3.91 3.92 3.93
Avg. SAT Apps 1232 1373 1391
Avg. SAT Admit 1334 1449 1455
Avg. ACT Apps 28 31 31
Avg. ACT Admit 31 33 33
Transfer  
* Based on Office of Undergraduate Admissions data; enrollment estimate as of 07/2017.
College GPA 3.68-3.94
  2017     2016    
*Based on Office of Undergraduate Admissions freshman data as of 08/2017.
  Applications Admits % Applications Admits %
Total: Transfers 18,607 4,615 24.8% 19,142 4,632 24.2%

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. One aspect, leadership, can be demonstrated in many ways on your application.

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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