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  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 29,570 undergraduate students. Admissions is extremely competitive as the UC Berkeley acceptance rate is 15%. Popular majors include Economics, Computer Science, and Cellular Biology. Graduating 91% of students, UC Berkeley alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $48,700.
200 California Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Pacific-12 Conference

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.

Cal Admissions

Acceptance Rate
15%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
1320-1530
ACT Range
31-35
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$17,862/ 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
$18,735/ 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
20:1
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.263 responses
36%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.263 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    2%
  • On Campus
    98%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
29,570Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,283
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 173 responses
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  • Competitive and hardworking
    29%
  • Motivated, driven
    19%
  • Dedicated and exceptionally intelligent
    17%
  • Motivated, hardworking, intelligent and amazing!!!
    16%
  • Motivated but know how to have fun
    9%
  • Motivated, Quirky, Intelligent
    5%
  • Major a-hole
    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.318 responses
Poll
59%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.376 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 179 responses
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  • Diverse, liberal, crazy, and intelligent
    32%
  • Diverse and liberal
    14%
  • Inclusive and intelligent
    11%
  • Competitive, awe- inspiring, + challenging
    9%
  • AMAZING
    8%
  • 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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First off- the campus and city is beautiful! So peaceful and meditative. Secondly, the student body is amazing! So active and engaging- it was truly inspiring studying alongside people who I know will accomplish great things while giving back to their communities. The whole school feels social justice driven and there are so many opportunities to find meaningful work and activities. The academics are rigorous, but they push you to be your best. Professors can be hard to connect with due to large class sizes, but it's not impossible. If you learn to advocate for yourself then you can succeed here. Go Bears!
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I am currently an out of state freshman at Berkeley over halfway through my second semester. I was wary of having high expectations of Berkeley and buying into the cultivated image of perfect inclusion, challenging and inspiring intellectualism, and care for social justice/activism. Even though I tried to manage my expectations, they were disappointed. THAT BEING SAID, I'm glad I am a student at Berkeley. It is the best and the worst, wonderful and terrible, and for me, that feels like a fairly accurate representation of how the world is today. If you would describe yourself as an idealistic person, yes, come to Berkeley! But be prepared to hold onto your values tightly.
The opportunities and passionate professors are amazing. However there is much progress to made on making the campus more accessible to peers or employees with disabilities. With that, representation of minority groups are still forming so adjusting on campus may be an everyday struggle. Berkeley has a beautiful campus and amazing research and study libraries. The atmosphere is vibrant, unique, but rigorous & there are always networking and guest speaker events on campus!