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About UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley Early Decision Results Release Date 2021

UC Berkeley will release their Early Decision results on Wednesday December 15th. Share results and connect with other early applicants in the UC Berkeley Community discussion.

Good luck to all early applicants!

University of California, Berkeley Overview

University of California, Berkeley is a public, state school in an urban setting in Berkeley, California. UC Berkeley was founded in 1868 and now enrolls around 42,244 students a year, including 30,980 undergrads. UC Berkeley offers on-campus housing for students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at UC Berkeley! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of UC Berkeley's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? UC Berkeley students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? UC Berkeley has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? UC Berkeley has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at UC Berkeley on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at UC Berkeley on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to UC Berkeley for Fall 2022 is November 30.Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should hear from UC Berkeley by March 31.

2021 UC Berkeley Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 17%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 0%
Average GPA 3.9
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 82.3%
In-State Tuition $11,442
Out-of-State $41,196
Percent of Need Met 80%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $25,994

Is UC Berkeley a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Let's take a closer look at all of these areas to get a clearer sense of what UC Berkeley offers and if it could be a good choice for you.

UC Berkeley Acceptance Rate 2021

Around 17% of applicants get into UC Berkeley each year. Out of 85,682 applications received in 2021, 14,950 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UC Berkeley

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at UC Berkeley, around 96% are still enrolled the next year. UC Berkeley's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 92%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for UC Berkeley Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Tuition and Financial Aid at UC Berkeley

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. UC Berkeley meets 80% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $25,994 a year.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $18,468 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at UC Berkeley. Based on this information, how does UC Berkeley sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is UC Berkeley a good school for you?

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Where is UC Berkeley?

UC Berkeley is located in the urban setting of Berkeley, California, less than an hour from San Francisco.

If you want to see UC Berkeley for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 80 to Berkeley, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Oakland International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what UC Berkeley and Berkeley are like without leaving home.

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College Info

110 Sproul Hall #5800 Berkeley, CA 94720

Campus Setting: Urban

UC Berkeley Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Nov 30

Transfer Applications are Due

Nov 30

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UC Berkeley is Nov 30.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UC Berkeley is Nov 30.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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UC Berkeley ACT Scores


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27 - 35

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1300 - 1520


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650 - 790


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640 - 740

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Wondering what life at UC Berkeley is like? There are approximately 42,244 students enrolled at UC Berkeley, including 30,980 undergraduate students and 11,264 graduate students. 94% percent of students attend school full-time, 84% percent are from CA and 16% percent of students are from other states.


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