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
    C-
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    C
University of California - Berkeley is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Pacific-12 Conference
Address
200 California Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720

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
1250-1510
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
$16,601/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $7,338/ year
  • $30-48k
    $9,384/ year
  • $49-75k
    $12,260/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,289/ year
  • $110k+
    $28,961/ year

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
70%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.227 responses
40%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.236 responses
38%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.236 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
26,622Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
26%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 148 responses
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  • Competitive and hardworking
    30%
  • Motivated, driven
    20%
  • Dedicated and exceptionally intelligent
    18%
  • Motivated, hardworking, intelligent and amazing!!!
    14%
  • Motivated but know how to have fun
    9%
  • Motivated, Quirky, Intelligent
    5%
  • 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.291 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.349 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 152 responses
Report
  • Diverse, liberal, crazy, and intelligent
    28%
  • Diverse and liberal
    16%
  • Inclusive and intelligent
    13%
  • Competitive, awe- inspiring, + challenging
    10%
  • AMAZING
    9%
  • Competative and liberal
    7%
  • Competitive, liberal, and difficult
    7%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$62,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
92%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
86%
National
83%
68%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.154 responses
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Berkeley is an amazing school with amazing professors. I love it here and I learn so much, my dorm is amazing, the clubs are really great, there are so many oppertunities for volunteer work, professors who are literally famous in their fields teach intro level classes!
On the other hand, grade deflation here is awful, and the fear of not being able to get into grad school or med school because only the top something percent of people get As in various STEM classes is enormous. As in any other big city, safety is a bit of an issue, although there are lots of systems in place to make it safer for students.
Overall, though, it's a fantastic school!
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My experience at University of California, Berkeley has been overall very positive. The professors are all very good lecturers, while some may not be as good at actually teaching, they make up for it by providing helpful tutors and graduate student advisors. Being in the Bay Area has allowed me to have plentiful opportunities I usually would not have had if I went to a university in another area. There are several student organizations, clubs, sports teams and other activities that students can join to feel welcome and part of something! Since it is a big school, I had to learn quickly that no one is going to be holding your hand so it made me become very independent and ask for what I need because no one is going to give it to me. I have loved the past 3 years here and would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a great education in a great area with lots of unique opportunities!
Overall, UC Berkeley is a great place. UC Berkeley has great academics, delicious food at and around campus, and it is number one public university in the world after all! However, there are some downsides to attending UC Berkeley. The housing situation is awful at Berkeley. Dorms and apartments are expensive and are hard to get. Homeless people around the campus and number of violent protests make Berkeley an unpleasant and dangerous place to live in. Your days will be filled with protestors blocking pathways and random people yelling and handing out flyers.