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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    D+
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    C-
UC Berkeley is a highly rated public university located in Berkeley, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 29,351 undergraduate students. Admissions is competitive as the UC Berkeley acceptance rate is 17%. Popular majors include Economics, Cellular Biology, and Computer Science. Graduating 91% of students, UC Berkeley alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $48,700.
About University of California - Berkeley...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Pacific-12 Conference
Address
200 California Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
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University of California - Berkeley Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
17%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
1260-1480
ACT Range
30-34
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$18,178/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$18,319/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
60%

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
70%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.227 responses
39%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.251 responses
37%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.251 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
29,351Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,223
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
19%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 163 responses
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  • Competitive and hardworking
    31%
  • Motivated, driven
    18%
  • Dedicated and exceptionally intelligent
    17%
  • Motivated, hardworking, intelligent and amazing!!!
    15%
  • Motivated but know how to have fun
    9%
  • Motivated, Quirky, Intelligent
    4%
  • They are some characters
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
62%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.306 responses
Poll
59%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.364 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 167 responses
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  • Diverse, liberal, crazy, and intelligent
    31%
  • Diverse and liberal
    15%
  • Inclusive and intelligent
    12%
  • Competitive, awe- inspiring, + challenging
    10%
  • AMAZING
    9%
  • Competitive, liberal, and difficult
    8%
  • Competative and liberal
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$64,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
91%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
88%
National
83%
68%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.154 responses
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University of California - Berkeley Reviews

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Overall my experience at UC Berkeley has been an amazing experience! The campus is beautiful and in an area that makes both San Francisco city life and nearby nature super accessible. The academics are extremely difficult but some of the best in the world, and the incredibly talented student body combined with the faculty means you're always surrounded by bright minds and top professionals across many fields. However, it is a large public school and if you don't find smaller cohorts within the university it can sometimes feel like you're drowning or just a number.
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UC Berkeley provides outstanding environment for students to achieve and conquer their academic and career goals. Many people think of Cal as a cut-throat school but on the contrary, the amount of peer support I encountered within this school is amazing. Students in Cal uplift each other because studying here is hard but the products of that studying open doors to many career opportunities. At times it may feel overwhelming to find own place in such a big school, but Cal has plenty college resources for every kind of person. Go Bears!
I know many people like to complain about the competitive atmosphere at Cal, and there are times when it gets to me too, but I also try to remind myself what a great opportunity it is that I get to go to a school where the professors have written our textbooks and where I really do learn something new every day. On top of that the social experience is what you make of it, if you don't try to get involved then you won't be involved, but there are thousands of clubs and activities on campus so there's no excuse in not finding something that interests you! The experience is what you make it! It's either sink or swim, and you've got the resources available to learn to swim!