University of California, Berkeley Profile

Located within view of beautiful San Francisco Bay, the University of California at Berkeley is internationally renowned for excellence. Founded in 1868, UC Berkeley is a public university. In national surveys, Berkeley’s academic departments consistently rank among the top five in the country. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Letters and Science, Natural Resources, Chemistry, Engineering, and Environmental Design; the School of Optometry; and the Walter A. Haas School of Business. The faculty includes eight Nobel laureates, 121 members of the National Academy of Science and more Guggenheim Fellows than any other U.S. university. More students earning bachelor’s degrees at Berkeley complete Ph.D.s than graduates of any other university in the country. No single ethnic or racial group constitutes a majority of UC Berkeley students. This rich mix of ideas, talents and backgrounds gives Berkeley students an advantage in entering today’s multicultural working world or in continuing their education. Its 1,232-acre campus is located in Berkeley, California.


Entrance Difficulty: Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate: 22% of 50,393 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered: No
Early Decision Offered: No
Regular Admission Deadline: November 30
Factors Considered for Selection of Students
Academic GPA: Very Important
Standardized Tests: Important
Essay: Very Important
Extracurricular Activities: Important
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA: 3.84
SAT Math: 630-760 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading:  600-730 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing: 610-740 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite: Not reported

Cost of Attendance: In-state: $32,635  Out-of-state: $55,513
Tuition and Fees: In-state: $12,835 Out-of-state: $35,713
Room and Board: $14,990
Average Percent of Need Met: 76%
Average Freshman Award: $20,619
Average Indebtedness of 2010 Graduates: $16,056

Academic Calendar System: Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum: Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates: 1,575
Regular Class Size: 10-19 students: 10% of classes
20-29 students: 24% of classes
30-39 students: 6% of classes
40-49 students: 4% of classes
50-59 students: 8% of classes
Over 100 students: 7% of classes

Financial Aid Office Contacts
Web Site:  Financial Aid Web Site

Financial Aid Application Process
Application Deadline: March 1
Award Notification: On or about April 15
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid: Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required: Cost to File
FAFSA Code is 001312: Free

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