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University of California - Berkeley Overview

Located in Berkeley, California, University of California - Berkeley is a public institution. Berkeley is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is University of California - Berkeley Known For?

29,351 Full-Time Undergraduates
$14,846 Avg Cost After Aid
17% Acceptance Rate
  • The 2% student loan default rate at UC Berkeley is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The highest degree offered at UC Berkeley is the doctor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 67% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley makes roughly $64,700 a year. This is 59% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • On average, it takes about 4.2 years for students from UC Berkeley to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

University of California - Berkeley Rankings

UC Berkeley landed the #69 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 116 colleges in California, it is ranked at #10.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that UC Berkeley has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for UC Berkeley

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for International Students 11
Best Colleges 69
Best Colleges for Diversity 90
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 289
Best Colleges for Veterans 437
Best Colleges for the Money 739

Where Is University of California - Berkeley?

Location of University of California - Berkeley

Contact details for UC Berkeley are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 200 California Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720
Phone: 510-642-6000
Website: www.berkeley.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UCBerkeley
Twitter: https://twitter.com/UCBerkeley

How Do I Get Into UC Berkeley?

You can apply to UC Berkeley online at: admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply-now.html

Admission Requirements for UC Berkeley

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations considered but not required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into UC Berkeley?

17% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women
73% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 17%, UC Berkeley is one of the most selective schools in the country. If the admissions department requests additional materials, be sure to submit them promptly. This could be a sign that you're on the border line of being accepted or denied.

Approximately 43% of accepted students are men and 57% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 15%, and the acceptance rate for women is 19%.

Average Test Scores

About 73% of students accepted to UC Berkeley submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 630 and 720. Math scores were between 630 and 760.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of California - Berkeley  ( 630 to 720 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of California - Berkeley  ( 630 to 760 )
200
800
UC Berkeley received ACT scores from 58% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 29 and 35. Math scores were between 28 and 35. Composite scores were between 30 and 34.

ACT English Scores for University of California - Berkeley  ( 29 to 35 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of California - Berkeley  ( 28 to 35 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of California - Berkeley  ( 30 to 34 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of California - Berkeley?

$14,846 Net Price
21% Take Out Loans
2.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UC Berkeley is $14,846. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UC Berkeley

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$8,043 $9,740 $13,750 $20,774 $31,177

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UC Berkeley, approximately 21% of students took out student loans averaging $6,175 a year. That adds up to $24,700 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UC Berkeley is 2.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of California - Berkeley Undergraduate Student Diversity

29,351 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 30,574 undergraduate students at UC Berkeley, with 29,351 being full-time and 1,223 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UC Berkeley

There are also 11,317 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 29,351 full-time undergraduates at UC Berkeley, 48% are male and 52% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UC Berkeley

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of California - Berkeley students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UC Berkeley Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 10,284
Black or African American 473
Hispanic or Latino 4,437
White 7,495
International Students 3,655
Other Races/Ethnicities 3,007

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at University of California - Berkeley. At this time, 44 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 129 countries are represented at UC Berkeley. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, South Korea, and India.

Online Learning at University of California - Berkeley

651 Took All Classes Online
1,581 Took At Least One Class Online
30.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 1,581 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UC Berkeley has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 62nd most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of UC Berkeley

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of California - Berkeley was 30.4%. This is the #687 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UC Berkeley regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of UC Berkeley majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Electrical Engineering 20%
Engineering 8%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UC Berkeley ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at UC Berkeley.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Electrical Engineering #9
Public Health #14
Engineering #17
Health Professions #199

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of California - Berkeley Majors

In 2017-2018, University of California - Berkeley awarded 19,254 undergraduate degrees and 9,126 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 0 11 8
Anthropology 0 103 8 15
Applied Mathematics 0 311 79 6
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 0 55 0
Area Studies 0 122 2 5
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 36 10 8
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 2 0 0
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 0 7
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 7 7
Biomedical Engineering 0 79 43 15
Botany/Plant Biology 0 9 0 5
Business Administration & Management 0 344 590 13
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 687 1 36
Celtic Language & Literature 0 2 0 0
Chemical Engineering 0 126 47 16
Chemistry 0 152 5 76
Child Development & Psychology 0 232 6 22
Civil Engineering 0 91 220 26
Classical & Ancient Studies 0 16 2 1
Classical Languages & Literature 0 1 4 4
Cognitive Science 0 342 0 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 254 0 0
Computer Information Systems 0 49 0 0
Computer Science 0 701 23 39
Dance 0 5 0 0
Demography & Population Studies 0 0 10 1
Drama & Theater Arts 0 40 1 2
East Asian Languages 0 21 2 6
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 2 5
Economics 0 719 2 24
Educational Administration 0 0 23 0
Electrical Engineering 0 442 163 46
Engineering Physics 0 19 0 0
Engineering Science 0 18 0 0
Environmental Design 0 23 0 0
Environmental Engineering 0 7 0 0
Ethnic Studies 0 99 11 9
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 65 0 2
Fine & Studio Arts 0 95 6 7
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 0 4 3 5
Forestry 0 10 2 0
General Architecture 0 137 7 6
General Biology 0 255 3 14
General Education 0 0 17 32
General Engineering 0 0 14 9
General English Literature 0 282 2 14
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 23 9 9
Germanic Languages 0 7 6 5
History 0 135 6 15
Information Science 0 0 266 4
International Studies 0 38 12 0
Landscape Architecture 0 22 0 0
Law 0 0 0 329
Legal Professions (Other) 0 0 3 10
Legal Research 0 0 372 10
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 79 8 10
Materials Sciences 0 40 30 14
Mathematics 0 87 7 32
Mechanical Engineering 0 164 130 53
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 41 1 18
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 9 0 0
Music 0 38 4 3
Natural Resources Conservation 0 546 78 34
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 2 8
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 167 0 0
Nuclear Engineering 0 21 20 8
Nutrition Science 0 82 1 2
Operations Research 0 49 185 3
Optometry 0 0 0 66
Other Education 0 0 0 4
Other Engineering 0 14 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 115 0 5
Other Social Sciences 0 251 0 1
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 0 37 0 0
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 3 7
Philosophy 0 103 1 1
Physics 0 131 31 41
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 1 2 11
Plant Sciences 0 0 1 0
Political Science & Government 0 478 17 17
Public Health 0 184 258 9
Public Policy 0 0 134 4
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 55 0
Real Estate Development 0 0 16 0
Religious Studies 0 1 0 2
Romance Languages 0 61 6 5
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 6 3 3
Social Work 0 128 91 3
Sociology 0 313 8 17
Special Education 0 0 0 3
Statistics 0 224 32 9
Sustainability Science 0 0 20 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 37 0
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 50 6
Urban Studies 0 53 0 0
Writing Studies 0 79 1 4
Total 0 19,254 6,574 2,552

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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