Berkeley is one of 10 schools in the state’s public University of California system. It was founded in 1868, making it the oldest school in the UC system. Located in an urban setting on about 1,200 acres, the school is home to over 31,000 undergraduate and 11,000 postgraduate students. There are 14 schools and colleges that make up Cal Berkeley, including the School of Optometry, the Graduate School of Journalism, the College of Environmental Design, the Haas School of Business, the College of Engineering, and the School of Law. They currently offer over 150 majors as well as over 100 graduate degrees. Cal Berkeley is also well-known for its involvement with three US Department of Energy National Laboratories.

For the undergraduate programs, the student to faculty ratio is about 19.3 to 1 with 53% of classes having fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors include social sciences; engineering; biological/life sciences; and interdisciplinary studies. There are some requirements students must meet in order to complete the degree programs, including an entry-level writing requirement before enrollment, courses on “American History and Institutions” and “American Cultures Breadth,” and classes in reading and composition during their four years at Berkeley. Three-hour final exams are mandatory for most courses during the fall and spring semesters.

The social scene flourishes at Cal Berkeley. There are more than 1,000 student-run organizations. About 9% of women are affiliated with sororities and 3% of men with fraternities. Considering its history as a site for social activism during the 1960s, UC Berkeley still has a strong focus on student activism with more than 90 political groups on campus, including the American Civil Liberties Union, Berkeley Students for Life, Campus Greens, and The Sustainability Team (STEAM). Berkeley actually sends more students to the Peace Corps than any other university in the country. The school is run by two political parties: “Student Action” and “CalSERVE.” Most student events are organized by the ASUC’s Student Union Program, Entertainment, and Recreation Board (SUPERB). This group holds everything from poker tournaments and comedy competitions to Friday film showings and free concerts.

Cal Berkeley students can also get involved with “The Daily Californian” newspaper, “Caliber Magazine,” or the KALX radio station. There are also several a cappella groups, including Artists in Resonance, the UC Men’s Octet, and the California Golden Overtones. UC Berkeley has nine different residence halls housing more than 6,000 students The dorms are run by the Residence Hall Assembly (RHA).

The school’s California Golden Bears compete in the Pac-12 Conference and the NCAA’s Division I-A games. They’ve won national titles in football, men’s basketball, baseball, softball, men’s tennis, and men and women’s swimming. They’ve also won championships in track, gymnastics, swimming, and tennis. UC Berkeley is known for their liberal attitudes and academically rigorous programs.


Acceptance Rate

Cal Berkeley acceptance rate

Academic Qualifications

Cal Berkeley average GPA and top 10% in high school

SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

UC Berkeley sat score

ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Cal Berkeley ACT test score

Admissions Information

Freshmen Admissions
Number of 2020 (Class of 2024) applicants: 88,026
Enrolled: 6,397
Yield: 43.6%
Acceptance rate (overall): 17.5%

In-state applicant acceptance rate: 20.2%
Out-of-state domestic applicant acceptance rate: 18.3%
International applicant acceptance rate: 8.7%

Waitlist Admission Statistics
Number of waitlisted applicants: 3,975
Admitted off waitlist: 1,098
Acceptance rate: 27.6%

Transfer Admission Statistics
Number of transfer applicants: 19,074
Transfer applicants enrolled: 4,383
Acceptance rate: 23.0%

Academic Qualifications
Average GPA: 3.89
Top 10% of High School: 98%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Composite: 1330-1520
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 640-740
SAT Math: 670-790

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 28-34
ACT English: 28-35
ACT Math: 27-35

Standardized Test Requirements

Berkeley does not require the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT not required

Cal does not require the writing portion Writing portion not required

UC Berkeley does not require the sat subject tests SAT Subject Tests not required

Score Card

Graduation Rates

Cal Berkeley graduation rates

Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

UC Berkeley score card

Salary After Attending

R&D Expenditures

Campus Safety

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 76.0%
5 years: 89.6%
6 years: 92.6%

Loan default rate: 2.0%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 24

Salary after attending: $64,700

R&D Expenditures: $770.8 million

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 36
Robberies: 26
Aggravated assaults: 37
Burglaries: 38
Car thefts: 21

Financial Aid

Net Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

Cal Berkeley financial aid

Average In State Net Price By Income

Student Debt

Additional Information

In-state tuition, room and board (2020-2021): $32,206

Total Estimated Cost of Attendance (2020-2021)
In-state: $40,692
Out-of-state: $70,446

Net Cost (in-state)
Average: $17,862

By income
$0 to $30,000: $8,392
$30,001 to $48,000: $9,130
$48,001 to $75,000: $13,081
$75,001 to $110,000: $21,401
$110,001 and more: $32,504

Graduates with student debt: 32%

Average student debt at graduation: $19,773

Student Body

Student Residence

Undergraduate Class Sizes

UC Berkeley undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

Student Population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 19.3 to 1

Women: 53%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 53%
20 to 39: 23%
40 to 99: 14%
100+: 10%

Student Population
Total: 43,695
Undergraduate: 31,780

Student Residence
In State: 72%
Out of State: 14%
International: 14%

UC Berkeley student body

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This page was last updated in November 2020.