Students Say

The flagship campus of the University of California school system with a "highly respectable name," UC Berkeley "has great faculty, great research, great classes, and everyone knows it." The school "really encourages us to go out and learn, both inside and outside the classroom," and there is a real com­ mitment to "a wellrounded, diverse education" that permeates the curricu­ lum. "Berkeley is defined by its open, liberal education and culture for inde­ pendent and collaborative thinking across all fields," sums up a senior molecular toxicology major.

Overview

Applicants
66,794
Acceptance Rate
18%
Average HS GPA
3.86

GPA Breakdown

84%
Over 3.75
11%
3.50 - 3.74
3%
3.25 - 3.49
2%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
600 - 730
SAT Math
650 - 770
ACT Composite
27 - 33

Deadlines


Regular
November 30

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay

Overall

Students Say

The flagship campus of the University of California school system with a "highly respectable name," UC Berkeley "has great faculty, great research, great classes, and everyone knows it." The school "really encourages us to go out and learn, both inside and outside the classroom," and there is a real com­ mitment to "a wellrounded, diverse education" that permeates the curricu­ lum. "Berkeley is defined by its open, liberal education and culture for inde­ pendent and collaborative thinking across all fields," sums up a senior molecular toxicology major.

Professors here are “fantastic,” “the best in their fields,” and each “offers a diverse perspective” toward the academic experience. There are some complaints that larger freshman courses can be “somewhat terrible” and “experience from professors can range widely” (though graduate student instructors “are very accessible and helpful”), but it is universally agreed that “after getting through lower division prerequisite classes, [the] academic experience has significantly improved.” All faculty “have full command of their subjects and are determined to find an answer to anything they don’t know, within their discipline.”

UC Berkeley is known for having “some of the best engineering programs across the board among colleges,” and it doesn’t hurt that the school’s Silicon Valley home is the “best location in the country for entrepreneurship and innovation.” “Top-notch” research abounds, and there are “plenty of opportunities for undergrads to engage in it.” “Berkeley will offer you all the opportunity you can handle, it’s up to you to take hold of I,” says a student.


Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
17:1
Total Faculty
2,236
with Terminal Degree
2,214

1,398
Men
838
Women
439
Minority
41
International

Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
79%
Graduate in 5 years
97%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
70
Application Deadlines
Mar 2
Notification Date
Apr 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Bottom Line

For California residents, Berkeley is a great deal, ringing in at $12,864 annually for tuition and fees. In addition to tuition, the school estimates expenditures of $1,226 for books and supplies, though these costs vary by major. Nonresident tuition alone is $34,098 annually.

Bang For Your Buck

Berkeley’s Undergraduate Scholarships, Prizes and Honors unit of the Financial Aid Office administers three different scholarship programs. Twenty-five Berkeley Undergraduate Scholarships are awarded each year. The Regent’s and Chancellor’s Scholarship is Berkeley’s most prestigious scholarship, and is awarded annually to approximately 200 incoming undergraduates. The by-invitationonly Cal Opportunity Scholarship is designed to attract highachieving students who have overcome challenging socioeconomic circumstances. Award amounts vary for each of these scholarship programs, and are often based on financial need. All applicants to Berkeley are automatically considered for these scholarship programs. As a public institution, UC Berkeley’s low in-state tuition makes this school very affordable. With a low cost and an active financial aid program, Berkeley is an ideal choice for high-achieving students from low-income families. According to its website, Berkeley serves more economically disadvantaged students than all the Ivy League universities combined. More than 30 percent of Berkeley undergraduates are eligible for Pell Grants. The Middle Class Access Plan helps middle-class families keep debt down by capping the parents’ contribution.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$24,843

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$23,099

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,672

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$17,468

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
42%

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$11,220
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$34,098
Required Fees
$1,644
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,226

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,212
Transportation for Commuters
$1,814

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Berkeley is a large school, so clusters naturally form along lines such as major or dorm, but all "mix among each other easily." "From clubs to DeCal courses, there is no way a student will not make a group of friends while here at Cal," says a junior. Most Berkeley students are generally "politically liberal, nonreli­ gious, and pretty independent," and there is a large Asian student contingent here. One of the defining characteristics of a Cal student is "the ability to hold high level conversation about basically anything." Everyone is accepted m here, "regardless of their sexual orientation, religion or political beliefs."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
25,951
Out of State
14%

International
15%
Foreign Countries Represented

Demographics

40.21%
Asian
2.54%
African-American
15.19%
Hispanic
32.88%
Caucasian
3.50%
Unknown
15.11%
International

52% female
48% male
14% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview

Students Say

There's "a constant buzz of student activity that drives everyday life" at Cal, where "academics are a priority" and "every single person has something that they are very passionate about and talking to them for five minutes about it makes you wonder if you should change your major." Students also really appreciate all of the tradition present at Cal. "It's a great choice for students who want the feeling of a big state school but want to also be pushed to their limits," says one.

Berkeley is "very hard so free time isn't like it is at other places," but an "amaz­ ing community" of student run organizations and "clubs, sports, student-run classes, seminars, [and] research opportunities" are among the "many different venues for people to find their passion." There's a lot to do off-campus in the downtown Berkeley area, and using the BART is "really convenient and time­ saving to go to San Francisco." On campus, there is everything "from frat houses to coffee shop discussions, hiking the fire trails to studying for finals." In those moments that studying abates (a particular rarity for engineers), a lot of students enjoy going to football games, restaurant hopping, or (especially during welcome week) party hopping. Many people here do like to party and drink, but "if that's not your style there are plenty of other to spend time with."


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
26%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
70
First-Year Students living on campus
95%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
80

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Ed Rogers

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
300
Number of Honor Societies
6

Number of Social Sororities
19
Number of Religious Organizations
28

10% join a fraternity
10% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Golden Bears)
15 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Rugby
Sailing
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo
Women's Sports (Golden Bears)
16 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Gymnastics
Lacrosse
Sailing
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: LGBT Programs and Services provides information, support services and educational outreach through programs and events.

Minority Support Groups: Several hundred student organizations exist on campus. Many include ethnic or cultural aspects in their focus.

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

UC Berkeley keeps tabs on its sustainability progress through yearly assessments that detail all aspects of the school’s environmental impact, including emissions from staff and student commuting, solid waste and recycling, air travel, and water usage. The school’s Office of Sustainability is charged with overseeing its Climate Action Plan, which details the progress to date and the future direction with regard to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Strategic Energy Plan documents the application of the $25 million the school has allocated to energy-efficient projects. In addition to this, UC Berkeley has taken a proactive approach to combating climate change by forming the Cal Climate Action Partnership, a coalition of students, faculty, and staff who are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions on campus to 1990 levels by 2014. UC Berkeley reached that goal in 2012, two years before the school’s own time line and eight years ahead of the state mandate. UC Berkeley has mounted an aggressive campaign to increase energy efficiency on campus by promoting sustainable transportation and ensuring that all new building and renovations be LEED-certified (not to mention diverting up to 90 percent of waste during construction). Additionally, more than 50 percent of major buildings have undergone an energy related retrofit in the last few years. UC Berkeley also reaches out to the campus community through newsletters, presentations, and student projects. With thirty-five environmentally focused clubs and groups on campus, including Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative, Boalt Environmental Law Society, and Building Sustainability @ Cal, the school’s efforts seem to be working.

Green Rating
97
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
41%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
15

Average Number of PC's per Lab
40

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Computer store sells computers and software at academic discount. Some software (such as e-mail) and anti-virus is available under campuswide discounts or site license, often at no charge to students faculty or staff.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Relations with Schools
110 Sproul Hall
Berkeley, CA 947205800

Phone
5106423175


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Botanical Gardens
Lawrence Hall of Science
Museum of Anthropology
Museum of Art

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Berkeley Marina
Bistro Viola Restaurant

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required:
Dates:
Times:
Average Length:

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Limitations
Available only during the Cal Summer Orientation Program and limited to admitted students

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Oakland International Airport is 20 miles from campus. The Airporter Shuttle provides transportation from the airport to campus; call 800-AIRPORT at least 24 hours in advance to arrange for it. Public transportation to campus is also available: from the airport, take the shuttle bus to the BART subway system at Richmond, then take the subway to Berkeley. Amtrak trains serve nearby Oakland. Greyhound/Trailways buses also serve the area.

Driving Instructions to Campus
The best approaches to the university are from Rte. 24 or from I-80. For more detailed driving instructions, call the Visitor Center (510-642-5215). The visitor center is in Rm. 101 of University Hall, on Oxford St. north of Bancroft Way, across from the West Circle entrance to campus.

Local Accommodations
You have several choices within walking distance of campus. The least expensive is the Berkeley Motel (2001 Bancroft Way; 510-843-4043), a no-frills establishment. Moderately priced places include the Shattuck Hotel (2086 Allston Way; 510-845-7300), 1 block from the west end of campus, with special rates for college visitors and a continental breakfast and parking; and Durant Hotel (2600 Durant Ave.; 510-845-8981), 2 blocks from campus. It's near the small shops on the main strip. Nearby Grandma's Rosegarden Inn (2740 Telegraph Ave.; 510-549-2145) is a real charmer. Rates are moderate and include a full breakfast and wine and cheese. The inn is near restaurants and shops.
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Key Stats

66,794
Applicants
25,951
Size
18%
Acceptance Rate
1380
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists