How to apply to UC Berkeley
Apply to Berkeley by filling out the UC application. You can begin working on the application as early as August 1, and must submit the application October 1 – November 30. You can apply to as many UC campuses as you like with one application, and each campus will receive your application and official test scores. If you have difficulties, contact the UC Application Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 207-1710.
Application fee and fee waivers
The application fee is $80 for each UC campus ($95 for international and non-immigrant applicants). Application fee waivers are available to students who can’t afford to apply. You can apply for fee waivers for up to four UC campuses through the UC application. Application fee waivers are available for students who are permanent residents, eligible for AB540 benefits or U.S. citizens. Your family size and income must fall within specific guidelines to be eligible.
The admissions process
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.
All UC Berkeley applicants must meet University of California admission requirements:
Students should 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. Learn more about transcripts, exams, and documentation.
Early Action / Early Decision: Berkeley does not offer early action or early decision.
For more information on the admissions process beyond the requirements, don’t forget to review the following resources.
- Learn more from our First-year policy updates – including information on letters of recommendation
- Follow the First-years Applicant Checklist
- Explore the First-year pathways that you may choose from if you are admitted to Berkeley.
- If you are interested in applying to another UC, review the UC First-year Requirements
- Follow the Transfer Applicant Checklist
- Learn about the Transfer Resources available for prospective transfers interested in applying
- If you are considering transferring, but not attending a California Community College, review the Transfer Reading and Composition Information to ensure you have the required classes for that requirement.
- If you are interested in applying to another UC, review the UC Transfer Requirements
Notice of Availability:
In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of California, Berkeley publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This report includes current security policies plus crime and fire statistics for the previous three calendar years. The body of the report also contains contact information for various campus and community resources related to crime prevention and survivor assistance. A digital copy of the report can be accessed via the link below, or paper copies are available free of charge at 1 Sproul Hall.