University of California-Berkeley

Berkeley, California

UC Berkeley, Berkeley, Cal Berkeley, Cal

#24 National Colleges

16.25% Admission Rate
Very Selective

31,345 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Public
  • Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity
  • Four-year, full-time, more selective, higher transfer-in
  • Four-year, large, primarily residential

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The University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley, Berkeley, Cal, or California) is a public land-grant research university in Berkeley, California. Established in 1868 as the University of California, it is the state's first land-grant university and the first campus of the University of California system. Its fourteen colleges and schools offer over 350 degree programs and enroll some 31,000 undergraduate and 12,000 graduate students. Berkeley is ranked among the world's top universities.

A founding member of the Association of American Universities, Berkeley hosts many leading research institutes, including the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and the Space Sciences Laboratory. It founded and maintains close relationships with three national laboratories at Berkeley, Livermore and Los Alamos, and has played a prominent role in many scientific advances, from the Manhattan Project and the discovery of 16 chemical elements to breakthroughs in computer science and genomics. Berkeley is also known for political activism and the Free Speech Movement of the 1960s.

Berkeley's athletic teams, which compete as the California Golden Bears primarily in the Pac-12 Conference, have won 107 national championships, and its students and alumni have won 223 Olympic medals (including 121 gold medals).

Berkeley alumni and faculty count among their ranks 114 Nobel laureates, 25 Turing Award winners, 14 Fields Medalists, 28 Wolf Prize winners, 108 MacArthur "Genius Grant" recipients, 30 Pulitzer Prize winners, and 19 Academy Award winners. The university has produced seven heads of state or government; six chief justices, including Chief Justice of the United States Earl Warren; 22 cabinet-level officials; 11 governors; and 25 living billionaires. It is also a leading producer of Fulbright Scholars, MacArthur Fellows, and Marshall Scholars. Berkeley alumni, widely recognized for their entrepreneurship, have founded numerous notable companies, including Apple, Tesla, Intel, eBay, SoftBank, AIG, and Morgan Stanley.

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Berkeley, California

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City: Midsize (population of at least 100,000 but less than 250,000)

Far West (AK, CA, HI, NV, OR, WA)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Graduate degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Social Sciences 20.3%
Engineering 11.6%
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 10.5%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 7.3%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 6.8%
Natural Resources And Conservation 6.2%
Mathematics And Statistics 5.1%
Physical Sciences 4.0%
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 3.9%
English Language And Literature/Letters 3.7%
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 2.7%
Visual And Performing Arts 2.4%
Psychology 2.4%
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies 2.2%
Architecture And Related Services 2.1%
Health Professions And Related Programs 2.0%
Legal Professions And Studies 1.6%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 1.4%
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 1.3%
History 1.3%
Philosophy And Religious Studies 1.1%


In State Tuition

Out of State Tuition

Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1449 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 790 735 680
Verbal 740 695 650

ACT Scores

33 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 35 32 28
English 35 32 29