Berkeley

University of California - Berkeley

103 Cross-Sproul Path, Berkeley, United States
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  • Total Documents
    17,340
  • Class Notes
    10,196
  • Textbook Notes
    1,996
  • Study Guides
    5,133
  • Currently Enrolled
    7,385
  • Previously Enrolled
    4,706

Overview of University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley)

About this school

Founded in 1868 as the flagship campus of the University of California, UC Berkeley is a public institution with a long history of academic excellence, groundbreaking research, and social and political activism. An internationally renowned research and teaching university, Berkeley encourages interdisciplinary, well-rounded education in its undergraduate students, believing that "a diverse and broadly inquisitive learning experience strengthens and promotes creativity and curiosity." Close to 30 percent of freshmen are the first in their families to attend college. Its 1,232-acre campus is located in Berkeley, about 15 miles from San Francisco.
  • Institution Type


    Public

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:27,496
    • Men:13,183 Men (47.9%)
    • Women:14,313 Women (52.1%)

Location

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Admission Information (Berkeley)

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Not reported

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is required

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
3
4
Science
2
3
Foreign Language
2
3
Social Studies
-
-
History
2
-
Academic Electives
1
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
December 31
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
Recommended
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Writing component required
ACT Writing Test Policy
SAT: Used for admission ACT: Used for admission

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
-
City, State, Zip
Berkeley, CA 94720-1500
Phone
(510) 642-6000
Fax
(510) 642-7333

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
-
Application Fee
$70
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Not reported
Accept Offer Of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student cannot defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
-
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
-
Early Action Notification
-

Application Form


Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters Of Recommendation
-
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
15% of 78,924 applicants were admitted
Women
Not reported
Men
Not reported

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
Not reported
Women
3027 admitted students enrolled
Men
2816 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.87
375 And Above
85%
3.50 - 3.74
11%
3.25 - 3.49
3%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99
-
2.00 - 2.49
-

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
680-780 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
48%
• Score 600 - 700
32%
• Score 500 - 600
18%
• Score 400 - 500
2%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
• Score 700 - 800
39%
• Score 600 - 700
44%
• Score 500 - 600
15%
• Score 400 - 500
2%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
29-34 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
72%
• Score 24 - 29
21%
• Score 18 - 23
7%
• Score 12 - 17
0%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid (Berkeley)

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - In-state: $14,170|Out-of-state: $42,184 (39.61%)
  • Room & Board: - $15,716 (43.93%)
  • Other Expenses: - $894 (2.5%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $4,994 (13.96%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expenses
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


University of California, Berkeley accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
-
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
March 2
Award Notification Date
On or about March 31
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 001312
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
4,490 (70.8%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
2,894 (64.5%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
2,695 (93.1%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
625 (23.2%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
78%
Average Award
$24,668
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 2,575 (95.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $21,384
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,290 (47.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $7,936
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 123 (4.6%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
348 (5.5%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $5,868

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
17,359 (59.1%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
14,077 (81.1%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
13,470 (95.7%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
3,309 (24.6%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
81%
Average Award
$24,048
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 13,056 (96.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $20,900
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 7,010 (52.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,876
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 348 (2.6%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
1,551 (5.3%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $8,628

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
35%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$18,197
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Not reported
Creative Arts/Performance
Not reported
Special Achievements/Activities
Not reported
Special Characteristics
Not reported

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported

Academics & Instruction (Berkeley)

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Not reported

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Not required

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


1,623

Part-Time Faculty


635

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


71%

Regular Class Size


  • Not reported

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • Not reported

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
-
Computer Ownership
Not reported
Computers Available On Campus
Not Reported
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Not Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


University of California, Berkeley provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


97.0%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


73.2%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


88.8%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


91.0%

Programs & Majors (Berkeley)

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (90)


  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American Indian/Native American Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics, General
  • Architecture
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Asian-American Studies
  • Astrophysics
  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Celtic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chemistry, Other
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Cognitive Science
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Science
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Dutch/Flemish Language and Literature
  • Economics, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
  • Engineering Science
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • Forest Management/Forest Resources Management
  • Forestry, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • Geological/Geophysical Engineering
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
  • History, General
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Latin American Studies
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Legal Studies, General
  • Linguistics
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Materials Science
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Microbiology, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music, General
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Nutrition Sciences
  • Operations Research
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Health, Other
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Scandinavian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Southeast Asian Studies
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Statistics, General
  • Toxicology
  • Urban Studies/Affairs
  • Women's Studies

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Not reported

Special Programs


Accelerated program, Student-designed major, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Online Degrees


None

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Doctor of Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Optometry, Doctor of Public Health, Juris Doctor, Doctor of Juridical Science

Master's Programs of Study (66)


  • Applied Arts and Design--General
  • Archaeology
  • Architectural History
  • Architecture
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Asian Languages
  • Asian Studies
  • Biostatistics
  • Building Science
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Classics
  • Computer Science
  • Demography and Population Studies
  • Education--General
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Energy Management and Policy
  • Engineering Management
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • Environmental Design
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Financial Engineering
  • Folklore
  • Forestry
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • History
  • Human Development
  • Industrial/Management Engineering
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Information Studies
  • International Affairs
  • Journalism
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Latin American Studies
  • Law
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Natural Resources
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Operations Research
  • Physiology
  • Public Health--General
  • Public Policy
  • Range Science
  • Science Education
  • Social Work
  • Special Education
  • Statistics
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation and Highway Engineering
  • Urban Design
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Vision Sciences
  • Water Resources Engineering

Campus Life (Berkeley)

Location & Geography

Population


115,403

Nearest Metropolitan Area


San Francisco

Campus Size


1,232 acres

Weather


Temperature
45.8 average low in January, 68.7 average high in September
Rain
68 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Bus Station
9 mile(s) from campus in Oakland
Nearest Train Station
4 mile(s) from campus in Berkeley

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, cooperative housing, disabled student housing

Students of College Housing


26% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


74%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Oski
School Colors
Blue and gold

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Crew
Cross-Country Running
Field Hockey
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Lacrosse
Rugby
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball
Water Polo

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Crew
Cross-Country Running
Field Hockey
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Lacrosse
Rugby
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball
Water Polo

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
basketball, soccer, softball, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


University of California, Berkeley offers choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities

Sororities


Fraternities


ROTC


Army ROTC offered on campus, Navy ROTC is offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered on campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


26,622

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
27,496
Women
14,313
Men
13,183

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 40.9% Asian
  • 2.5% Black/African-American
  • 16.3% Hispanic/Latino
  • 5.5% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.3% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 31.2% White
  • 3.2% Unknown

International Students


13.7%

Average Age


20

Number of Graduate Students


10,708

Student Resources (Berkeley)

Study resources

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