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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, Computer Science, and Cellular Biology. 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

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.255 responses
37%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.255 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 167 responses
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  • Competitive and hardworking
    31%
  • Motivated, driven
    18%
  • Dedicated and exceptionally intelligent
    17%
  • Motivated, hardworking, intelligent and amazing!!!
    16%
  • 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.310 responses
Poll
59%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.368 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 171 responses
Report
  • 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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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.
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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!
For context, I am a transfer student who transferred at thirty years old to finish my undergraduate degree in Media Studies. Their orientation week is amazing if you do it. The alumni and career center are amazing resources for networking and internships. It is very possible to achieve what it is that you're setting out to achieve. Beware that the South Side of campus is slightly dodgy, but you are told the best ways to stay safe. In-state tuition is great if you're from California, if not, I highly recommend attempting to gain residency. Save utility bills and a lease agreement from your Freshman apartment (if you come as a Freshman. You'll save yourself or your parents thousands of dollars. Get involved though. You get out what you put in!