What's New: Berkeley Admissions

Personal Insight Questions
For freshman and transfer applicants applying for fall 2017 admission, the personal statement will now be personal insight questions - short-answer questions from which applicants will choose. For more information on the new personal insight questions, visit the University of California website.

AP Computer Science Principles
UC Berkeley now awards elective credit for the completion of AP Computer Science Principles. Enrollment in this course in the 2016-17 academic year will count as a College-Preparatory Elective (area g). The AP exam will be administered for the first time May 2017 and passing the AP exam with a 3 or higher will count for 5.3 semester units of elective credit.

New Global Studies Major and Minor
Starting Fall 2017, the College of Letters and Sciences will offer a Global Studies major and minor. The program will offer students a holistic, internationally-focused liberal arts education and prepare them to be global citizens. Within their concentrations, students will focus on a disciplinary emphasis and enroll in are-focused training in a foreign language.


What about the new SAT?
Here are the top five things you should know about the new SAT.

What about the new residency requirements?
Here is a comprehensive new page about the residency requirements for purposes of tuition.

New Double Major: Management, Entrepreneurship, & Technology
In just four years, you can earn two Bachelor of Science degrees in a program that combines the best of the top-ranked College of Engineering and Haas School of Business. You’ll choose between two tracks: Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences (EECS) + Business or Industrial Engineering & Operations Research (IEOR) + Business. ​Visit for more information.


Please note that the deadline for students filing applications to transfer to UC for fall 2017 will be extended to January 3, 2017, for all UC Berkeley majors (as per our normal application procedure), widening the application window for qualified students preparing to transfer to the university. We will post more details (December 2017) as they become available.

Transfer Pathways
If you're a California community college student with an intended major, there is a simple way to keep your options open as you prepare for your major and decide which UC campus best fits you. Follow one of UC's new Transfer Pathways, a single set of courses that prepares you for your major on any of the UC undergraduate campuses.

Transfer Admission Planner
This online tool is to help prospective UC transfer students track and plan their coursework. Create an account or log in to UC Transfer Admission Planner here.

As the University of California and UC Berkeley policies or processes change, we want to make sure you receive the most up-to-date information. This page will be updated whenever a new change or policy affects the admissions or application process.

Last updated: Feb. 28, 2017