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
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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
1270-1540
ACT Range
31-34
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$17,160/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $8,677/ year
  • $30-48k
    $9,522/ year
  • $49-75k
    $13,920/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,858/ year
  • $110k+
    $29,197/ year
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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
40%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.238 responses
38%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.238 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
28,108Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
23%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 150 responses
Report
  • Competitive and hardworking
    31%
  • Motivated, driven
    19%
  • Dedicated and exceptionally intelligent
    17%
  • 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.293 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.351 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 154 responses
Report
  • Diverse, liberal, crazy, and intelligent
    29%
  • Diverse and liberal
    16%
  • Inclusive and intelligent
    13%
  • Competitive, awe- inspiring, + challenging
    10%
  • AMAZING
    9%
  • Competitive, liberal, and difficult
    6%
  • Competative and liberal
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$61,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
92%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
87%
National
83%
68%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.154 responses
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As a non-traditional student I found this university to be grossly overrated. I transferred from community college in Sacramento, and honestly didn't find the curriculum challenging; my professors at the community college did a far better job of that! It has been disheartening to see the blatant classicism, racism, ageism, elitism and apathy in a place that I thought was "liberal". Their financial aid is a joke-even entering as a first generation, low income single parent that was supposed to have a "fully funded package" that was purported to be sufficient for the 2 years it would take me to complete my degree, I have had to work 3 jobs, and take out loans upwards of 50K! Family housing is infested with ants that come in from the ceiling, light switches and even the bath tub water inlet! Financial aid is often delayed by as much as an entire semester!
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Berkeley is just perfect balance between academics and fun! I have amazing professors in all of my classes and they never stress me out too much. It's rigorous enough to get me going but not up to the point where it is not enjoyable. I have plenty of time to destress and go crazy on frat row. Berkeley also provides very unique experiences with a campus ripe with freedom of self-expression. You meet all sorts of people. Also, Berkeley is the number 1 public university in the world so you are definitely getting your money's worth!
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!