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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?

9,626 Undergraduate Awards
$50,859 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 award 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.

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University of California - Berkeley Rankings

According to our 2021 analysis, UC Berkeley is ranked #72 out of 2,320 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #11 out of 220 schools in California.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

UC Berkeley has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#15 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#45 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#131 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UC Berkeley.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Public Administration & Social Service Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Legal Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Architecture & Related Services Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Communication & Journalism Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Computer & Information Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#51 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UC Berkeley has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Colleges for Legal Professions College Factual
#1 Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies College Factual
#3 Best Colleges for Physical Sciences College Factual
#9 Best Colleges for English Language & Literature College Factual
#11 Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences College Factual
#25 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central

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?

$50,859 Net Price
21% Take Out Loans
2.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UC Berkeley is $50,859. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

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

29,991 Full-Time Undergraduates
54% Women
60% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 31,348 undergraduate students at UC Berkeley, with 29,991 being full-time and 1,357 being part-time.

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

There are also 11,837 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 29,991 full-time undergraduates at UC Berkeley, 46% are male and 54% 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 10,800
Black or African American 545
Hispanic or Latino 4,687
White 7,129
International Students 3,896
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,934

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 Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 344 0 590 13 947
Computer Science 701 0 23 39 763
Economics 719 0 2 24 745
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 687 0 1 36 724
Natural Resources Conservation 546 0 78 34 658
Electrical Engineering 442 0 163 46 651
Political Science & Government 478 0 17 17 512
Public Health 184 0 258 9 451
Applied Mathematics 311 0 79 6 396
Legal Research 0 0 372 10 382
Mechanical Engineering 164 0 130 53 347
Cognitive Science 342 0 0 0 342
Sociology 313 0 8 17 338
Civil Engineering 91 0 220 26 337
Law 0 0 0 329 329
General English Literature 282 0 2 14 298
General Biology 255 0 3 14 272
Information Science 0 0 266 4 270
Statistics 224 0 32 9 265
Child Development & Psychology 232 0 6 22 260
Communication & Media Studies 254 0 0 0 254
Other Social Sciences 251 0 0 1 252
Social Work 128 26 91 3 248
Operations Research 49 0 185 3 237
Chemistry 152 0 5 76 233
Physics 131 0 31 41 203
Chemical Engineering 126 0 47 16 189
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 115 53 0 5 173
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 167 0 0 0 167
History 135 0 6 15 156
General Architecture 137 0 7 6 150
Public Policy 0 0 134 4 138
Biomedical Engineering 79 0 43 15 137
Area Studies 122 0 2 5 129
Mathematics 87 0 7 32 126
Anthropology 103 0 8 15 126
Ethnic Studies 99 0 11 9 119
Fine & Studio Arts 95 0 6 7 108
General Education 0 56 17 32 105
Philosophy 103 0 1 1 105
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 79 0 8 10 97
Optometry 0 19 0 66 85
Nutrition Science 82 0 1 2 85
Writing Studies 79 0 1 4 84
Materials Sciences 40 0 30 14 84
Romance Languages 60 0 6 5 71
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 65 0 0 2 67
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 41 0 1 18 60
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 50 6 56
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 0 55 0 55
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 55 0 55
Astronomy & Astrophysics 36 0 10 8 54
Urban Studies 53 0 0 0 53
International Studies 38 0 12 0 50
Computer Information Systems 49 0 0 0 49
Nuclear Engineering 21 0 20 8 49
Music 38 0 4 3 45
Drama & Theater Arts 40 0 1 2 43
Geological & Earth Sciences 23 0 9 9 41
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 37 0 37
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 37 0 0 0 37
East Asian Languages 21 0 2 6 29
Environmental Design 23 0 0 0 23
Educational Administration 0 0 23 0 23
General Engineering 0 0 14 9 23
Landscape Architecture 22 0 0 0 22
Sustainability Science 0 0 20 0 20
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 0 11 8 19
Engineering Physics 19 0 0 0 19
Classical & Ancient Studies 16 0 2 1 19
Engineering Science 18 0 0 0 18
Germanic Languages 7 0 6 5 18
Real Estate Development 0 0 16 0 16
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 7 7 14
Botany/Plant Biology 9 0 0 5 14
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 1 0 2 11 14
Other Engineering 14 0 0 0 14
Legal Professions (Other) 0 0 3 10 13
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 4 0 3 5 12
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 6 0 3 3 12
Forestry 10 0 2 0 12
Demography & Population Studies 0 0 10 1 11
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 2 8 10
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 3 7 10
Classical Languages & Literature 1 0 4 4 9
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 9 0 0 0 9
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 0 7 7
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 2 5 7
Environmental Engineering 7 0 0 0 7
Dance 5 0 0 0 5
Other Education 0 0 0 4 4
Special Education 0 0 0 3 3
Religious Studies 1 0 0 2 3
Celtic Language & Literature 2 0 0 0 2
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 2 0 0 0 2
Plant Sciences 0 0 1 0 1
Other Agriculture 0 0 0 0 0
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 0 0 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 0 0 0
Journalism 0 0 0 0 0
Agricultural Engineering 0 0 0 0 0
Manufacturing Engineering 0 0 0 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Natural Resource Management 0 0 0 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 0 0 0 0 0
General Physical Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
General Psychology 0 0 0 0 0
Geography & Cartography 0 0 0 0 0
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 9,626 154 3,287 1,276 14,343

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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