If you are considering submitting an applicationto UC Berkeley, the regular decision application deadline is November 30 and the fee for the application costs $70. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for an application fee waiver.
Students who submit their applications for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than March 31.
University of California, Berkeley does not offer early decision or early action..
Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.
See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission. In 2021, UC Berkeley waitlisted 8,753 students. Of those, 5043 eventually received an admissions offer.
Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the areas where you're strong.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Alumni/ae Relations||Not Considered|
|Geographical Residence||Not Considered|
|Class Rank||Not Considered|
|Level of Applicant's Interest||Not Considered|
|Application Essay||Very Important|
|Racial/Ethnic Status||Not Considered|
|Religious Affiliation/Commitment||Not Considered|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Very Important|
|Standardized Test Scores||Considered|
To apply, all applicants to UC Berkeley must submit the following items. Double check with UC Berkeley's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.
Students admitted to UC Berkeley have an average unweighted GPA of 3.9.
Out of all students that were admitted, 100% submitted a class rank. At UC Berkeley 96% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 100% were in the top 25% and 100% were in the top 50%.
Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.
|At University of California, Berkeley, students GPAs fall in the following ranges|
|3.75 and 3.99||51.7%|
|3.50 and 3.74||13.4%|
|3.25 and 3.49||2.3%|
|3.00 and 3.24||0.8%|
|2.50 and 2.9||0.3%|
|2.00 and 2.49||0%|
|UC Berkeley does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.|
UC Berkeley does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.
In 2021, 82.3% of UC Berkeley's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 40.6% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.
To be competitive with other UC Berkeley applicants, you should strive to earn between 1300 and 1520 (or higher!) on the SAT. At UC Berkeley 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1520 and 25% of scored lower than 1300, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.
On the SAT Math Section, 25% of UC Berkeley students scored 790 or higher and 75% of students scored 640 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of UC Berkeley students scored 740 or higher, and 75% scored a 640 or higher.
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To be most competitive at UC Berkeley, you should strive to earn between 27 and 35 on the ACT.
An ACT score of 35 means you fall in the 75th percentile for UC Berkeley's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 35, and three out of four students scored lower than 35 on the ACT.
A 27 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for UC Berkeley students. Only one out of every four students scored below 27.
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For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is November 30. Applicants should hear back by April 30.
Transfer students can enroll in UC Berkeley during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term
Can I defer my acceptance to UC Berkeley?
Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to UC Berkeley.
Does UC Berkeley accept transfer credits?
UC Berkeley accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.
Does UC Berkeley accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?
UC Berkeley accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.
Do I have to submit test scores to UC Berkeley?
UC Berkeley. is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.
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First-Year Applications are Due
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
Composite SAT Range
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
At UC Berkeley, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.86. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.
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