University of California-Berkeley

UC Berkeley Sather Tower

The University of California, Berkeley, more commonly referred to as UC Berkeley, or just Berkeley, is one of California’s top public research universities. In fact, research is a core pillar of the university. The school is located on an expansive 1,232 acre campus on the east side of the San Francisco Bay. 178 acres are dedicated to the school’s central campus.

In addition to being one of the most prestigious and renowned universities in California, the University of California Berkeley is well-known worldwide for its excellence in higher education, academic achievement and for its exceptional research capabilities.

UC Berkeley also has the finest faculty of any university in the nation. Berkeley faculty, graduates and researchers have won 9 Wolf Prizes, an astounding 70 Nobel Prizes, 7 Fields Medals, 45 MacArthur Fellowships, 15 Turing Awards, and 11 Pulitzer Prizes. And if that’s not impressive enough, UC Berkeley researchers are associated with 6 chemical elements in the periodic table (Seaborgium, Berkelium, Californium, Fermium, Einsteinium, and Lawrencium). In total, Berkeley Lab (The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) has been credited with discovering 16 unique chemical elements – more than any other educational or scientific organization in the world.

Sather Tower

J. Robert Oppenheimer, a nuclear physicist at UC Berkeley, was the director of the Manhattan Project, a research development program responsible for the development of the world’s first atomic bomb.

Berkeley not only shines academically, but athletically as well. Student-athletes at Berkeley have won over 100 Olympic medals and national titles in several sports including football, swimming, baseball, basketball, softball, gymnastics, rugby, and water polo.

If you’re going to college simply to increase your earning potential, then you might be interested to know that Berkeley ranks 9th in the nation among universities that have produced the largest number of billionaires still living today.

If you were to ask most students why they chose to attend UC Berkeley, they’d likely tell you it had to do with the university’s superb academic programs. However, what they’d be less likely to tell you, is that what really attracted them to Berkeley is the fun filled, exhilarating student life that dominates campus. With a never ending supply of student organizations, political clubs, intercollegiate and intramural athletic teams, outdoor recreation, and vibrant campus activities, students are constantly enriched and entertained.

Academic and student support programs at Berkeley are unparalleled. The faculty, professors and other staff members are committed to ensuring the academic success of every student. The university offers a variety of counseling services, workshops and health clinics that are available to students year round.

University of California Berkeley is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

University of Berkeley Programs

In total, UC Berkeley offers nearly 350 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a variety of academic and professional disciplines, one of the largest selections of programs offered by any university in the nation. Of the school’s 52 doctoral degree programs, 48 are ranked top ten nationwide, including their Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Agriculture, Astrophysics, and Political Science programs to name just a few.

The Academic Ranking of World University (ARWU), commonly known as the Shanghai ranking, named after the university that founded the ranking system, ranked Berkeley 4th in the world and 2nd in California. UC Berkeley is also ranked top in the nation in several fields of study including Engineering/Technology and Computer Science (3rd), Economics/Business (4th), Mathematics and Natural Sciences (2nd), Chemistry (2nd), Social Sciences (4th), Agriculture and Life Sciences (15th), Arts and Humanities (4th), Life Sciences and Biomedicine (5th), and Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy (29th).

UC Berkeley offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in a wide variety of disciplines and specialties.

Graduate Programs

According to recently published rankings by U.S. News and World Report, UC Berkeley’s graduate and professional programs are among the best in the nation. Many of Berkeley’s graduate schools including the Goldman School of Public Policy (ranked 6th), Boalt School of Law (ranked 7th), UC Berkeley School of Public Health (ranked 8th), and last but not least the Haas School of Business (ranked 7th) are all ranked within the top 10 ten programs in the country. UC Berkeley also ranks top in the nation in graduate sciences such as Math, Statistics, and Biological Sciences (2nd), Earth Sciences (3rd) and Physics (5th). The school has also performed exceptionally well in engineering, ranking 1st in Civil Engineering, Electronics/Electrical/Communications Engineering, and Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering; 2nd in Chemical Engineering; and 3rd in Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering. And if you’re considering a graduate degree in a social science discipline, don’t despair. Berkeley scored first in English, Psychology, and Sociology and came in 6th in the nation in Political Science and Economics.

UC Berkeley offers graduate students the largest selection of top-ranked doctoral degree programs in the nation. UC Berkeley doctoral programs that have been ranked number one in the nation include Agricultural and Resource Economics, Chemistry, Astrophysics, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Epidemiology, English, German, Mechanical Engineering, MCB: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, MCB: Genetics, Genomics, and Development, Plant Biology, Physics, and Political Science. As previously mentioned, of the 52 graduate programs offered at UC Berkeley, an amazing 48 are ranked in the top ten in the country.

Undergraduate Programs

U.S. News & World Report ranked Berkeley’s undergraduate program the top among “National Universities”. In 2009, The Washington Monthly ranked UC Berkeley’s undergraduate program 3rd in the nation.

Both of the undergraduate programs in engineering and business were ranked 3rd in the nation by U.S. News. The Wall Street Journal placed Berkeley’s Computer Science program in 2nd place, their Marketing/Advertising and Finance programs in 3rd place, their undergraduate Accounting program came in 8th and their Engineering program came in at 12th place.

Student Housing

UC Berkeley offers a large variety of housing options designed to meet the unique personal and academic preferences of students. Entering freshmen are offered guaranteed housing for two years. Entry transfer students are guaranteed housing for one year. There are also a plethora of off-campus housing options for students. Surrounding the campus there are a lot of apartments, fraternity and sorority housing and cooperative housing, as well as individual houses that can be leased by students.

Bowles Hall

On campus you’ll find twelve separate residence halls including family student housing, undergraduate residence halls, re-entry student housing and housing options specifically for international students (most notably the International House). Most of the undergraduate residence halls are actually located directly off-campus.

Units 1, 2 and 3 (three of the largest on-campus residence hall complexes) are located on the south side of the UC Berkeley campus. These halls offer high-rise accommodations with common areas throughout each building, as well as a shared dining hall, called Crossroads. Also on the south side of campus you’ll find Clark Kerr residence hall for undergraduate students. Once a school for the deaf and blind, today Clark Kerr houses many of UC Berkeley’s student-athletes.

To the east, positioned snuggly in the foothills are three more undergraduate residence hall complexes: Bowles, Stern, and Foothill. Bowles Hall is an all-men’s residence hall located directly north of California Memorial Stadium. It has large quad-occupancy rooms and looks a lot like a medieval castle. Stern Hall, an all-women’s residence hall, is located just south of Foothill and overlooks the Hearst Greek Theatre. Because this hall is located closest to the Colleges of Chemistry and Engineering, its not uncommon for a proportionately high number of Stern Hall residents to be chemistry and engineering majors. Foothill is a co-ed residence hall that looks a lot like a Swiss chalet. Many consider this hall one of the best at UC Berkeley.

Other student housing complexes include Channing-Bowditch and Ida Jackson apartments (intended for older students) as well as University Village and Smyth-Fernwald, the two main housing complexes designed for student families.

In addition to traditional student housing arrangements, UC Berkeley also offers students several cooperative housing options. The largest network of student housing cooperatives is the Berkeley Student Cooperative (BSC), which offers students a selection of 20 cooperative houses.

Departments, Colleges and School

UC Berkeley currently has over 130 individual academic departments and/or programs that are organized into 14 colleges and schools (not including the UC Berkeley Extension). While “Schools” generally only represent graduate programs, “Colleges” may represent both undergraduate and graduate programs. UC Berkeley is composed of the following colleges and schools:

  • College of Chemistry
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Environmental Design
  • College of Letters and Science
  • College of Natural Resources
  • Graduate School of Education
  • Graduate School of Journalism
  • Haas School of Business
  • Goldman School of Public Policy
  • School of Information
  • School of Law (Boalt Hall)
  • School of Optometry
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Social Welfare
  • UC Berkeley Extension

While UC Berkeley does not have a medical school, many students looking toward medical school will apply to the University of California, San Francisco Medical School that is not far from the UC Berkeley campus.

Library System

With over 32 libraries, the UC Berkeley library system is the 4th largest academic library in the country and one of the largest in the world. It is surpassed only by Yale University Library, Harvard University Library and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library. The Association of Research Libraries ranked it as the top public and 3rd best university library system in North America based on a variety of quality factors. Together the 32 libraries cover over 12 acres, form one of the world’s largest library systems and contain over 11 million volumes.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

UC Berkeley offers a variety of merit and need based scholarships and financial aid options for students through public and private sources. While most financial aid is processed through the university’s financial aid and scholarship office, individual schools and colleges, such as the UC Berkeley School of Law and Haas School of Business, have their own financial aid programs.

General Information

Admission Office
110 Sproul Hall, #5800
Berkeley, CA 94720-5800
(510) 642-3175
Contact: Walter Robinson
Director Undergraduate Admissions
Main Address
110 Sproul Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-5800
(510) 642-6000
www.berkeley.edu
Size
Total undergrads: 25,151
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 4,261
Degree-seeking undergrads: 25,151
Graduate enrollment: 9,172

Setting
Urban setting
Small city (50,000 – 249,999)
Residential campus
Degrees offered:
Bachelor’s
Master’s
Doctoral
First Professional

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $7,165 $7,656 $8,998 $10,940 +21.58%
Books and Supplies $1,239 $1,268 $1,307 $1,315 +0.61%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $13,487 $14,494 $15,308 $15,317 +0.06%
Other $3,066 $3,168 $3,344 $3,482 +4.13%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $9,343 $9,528 $10,036 $10,304 +2.67%
Other $3,594 $3,708 $3,901 $4,044 +3.67%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $24,957 $26,586 $28,957 $31,054 +7.24%
In-state Off Campus $21,341 $22,160 $24,242 $26,603 +9.74%
In-state with Family $8,404 $8,924 $10,305 $12,255 +18.92%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $9,342
In-state Student Fees $1,538
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $24,444
Out-of-state Fees $1,538

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 2,799 66%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,294 54% $27,328,094 $11,913
• Federal grants 1,124 27% $5,041,932 $4,486
• Pell grants 1,011 24% $3,879,508 $3,837
• Other federal grants 1,032 24% $1,162,424 $1,126
State/local government grant or scholarships 1,118 26% $4,420,847 $3,954
Institutional grants or scholarships 2,185 52% $17,865,315 $8,176
Student loan aid 1,299 31% $7,030,776 $5,412
• Federal student loans 1,273 30% $6,196,548 $4,868
• Other student loans 66 2% $834,228 $12,640

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS PhD AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 7582 2046 1240 120
Agriculture 11 13
Agricultural Economics 9 12
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences, Other 1
Range Science and Management 2
Architecture and Related Services 168 129 21
Architecture 159 56 9
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 49 12
Environmental Design/Architecture
Landscape Architecture 9 24
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 273 29 10
African-American/Black Studies 15 3 3
American Indian/Native American Studies 2
American/United States Studies/Civilization 115
Asian Studies/Civilization 20 13
Asian-American Studies 10
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other 49 2 3
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies 19
Latin American Studies 23 8 1
Near and Middle Eastern Studies 7 3 3
Women’s Studies 13
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 949 22 124
Biochemistry 3
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 277 2 17
Biophysics 1 6
Biostatistics 6 5
Botany/Plant Biology 8 1 6
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology 594 6 42
Endocrinology
Epidemiology 3 18
Microbiology 44 3 8
Neuroscience 13
Toxicology 26
Vision Science/Physiological Optics 6
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 317 600 16
Business Administration and Management 317 536 16
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 64
Communication and Journalism Programs 215 56
Journalism 56
Mass Communication/Media Studies 215
Computing and Information Sciences 84 74 35
Computer Science 84 32 32
Information Science/Studies 42 3
Education 104 38 93
Education 104 30 93
Education, Other 2
Educational Leadership and Administration 5
Special Education and Teaching 1
Engineering 863 343 152
Agricultural Engineering 7
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 116 15
Chemical Engineering 83 14 12
Civil Engineering 111 169 28
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 268 39 36
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics 12
Engineering Science 4
Engineering 8
Engineering, Other 31
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 4
Mechanical Engineering 164 80 38
Nuclear Engineering 8 14 5
Operations Research 55 27 10
English Language, Composition and Literature/Letters 456 17 37
English Language and Literature 345 9 21
Rhetoric and Composition 111 8 16
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 309 28 45
Celtic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 9
Chinese Language and Literature 10 1 1
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 7 4 2
Comparative Literature 27 1 11
Dutch/Flemish Language and Literature 1
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 19 3 3
French Language and Literature 30 2 3
German Language and Literature 17 2 3
Italian Language and Literature 7 1
Japanese Language and Literature 42 3 2
Latin Language and Literature 5
Linguistics 55 9 6
Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 18
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 4
Scandinavian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 2 1
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 13 1 2
Spanish Language and Literature 46 2 6
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 139 157 76 15
Environmental Health 5 3
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 7
Optometry 58 15
Public Health 139 152 8
History 236 20 15
History 236 20 15
Human Services 117 163 11 12
Public Policy Analysis 77 2
Social Work 117 86 9 12
Legal and Law Studies 100 312
Advanced Legal Research/Studies 96 14
Law 296
Legal Professions and Studies, Other 4 2
Mathematics and Statistics 252 20 26
Applied Mathematics 100 1
Mathematics 83 4 19
Statistics 69 16 6
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies 373 19 15
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology 30 2 4
Cognitive Science 63
International/Global Studies 6
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 142 11 6
Nutrition Sciences 71 5
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution 67
Natural Resources and Conservation 336 7 17
Environmental Science 48
Environmental Studies 205 5 16
Forest Management/Forest Resources Management 13
Forestry 2
Natural Resources Management and Policy 1
Natural Resources/Conservation 69
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 1
Physical Sciences 257 57 150
Astronomy 1
Astrophysics 28 6 6
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology 2
Chemistry 106 11 81
Geology and Earth Science 13 5 13
Geophysics and Seismology 4
Materials Science 21 6 10
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical 8
Physics 74 28 40
Planetary Astronomy and Science 1
Psychology 315 7 12
Psychology 315 7 12
Social Sciences 1618 61 92
Anthropology 134 7 19
Anthropology, Other 3
Demography and Population Studies 2 2
Economics 487 4 28
Geography 30 2 6
Political Science and Government 448 20 23
Social Sciences, Other 277 5
Sociology 217 21 11
Urban Studies/Affairs 25
Visual and Performing Arts 305 22 23
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 65 4 9
Art/Art Studies 83 7
Dance 4
Design and Visual Communications 1
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts 31 1 4
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 75
Music 47 9 10
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $60
Online application fee: $60
Enrollment Rates
Percent applicants admitted: 22%
Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 96%
Admissions Considerations
Secondary school GPA: Required
Secondary school rank: Required
Secondary school record: Required
Recommendations: Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required
TOEFL: Recommendations

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 50,374
Percent Admitted: 21%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled: 38%
Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading
  • 600 (25th Percentile)
  • 730 (75th Percentile)
SAT Math
  • 630 (25th Percentile)
  • 760 (75th Percentile)
ACT Writing
  • 610 (25th Percentile)
  • 740 (75th Percentile)
ACT Composite
  • 27 (25th Percentile)
  • 32 (75th Percentile)
ACT English
  • 26 (25th Percentile)
  • 33 (75th Percentile)
ACT Math
  • 27 (25th Percentile)
  • 34 (75th Percentile)

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Undergraduate Majors

Architecture & Related Programs
Architecture B
Landscape Architecture B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
African-American Studies B
American Studies B
Asian American Studies B
Asian Studies B
Hispanic-American Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Native American Studies B
Near/Middle Eastern Studies B
Southeast Asian Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Studies B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biology B
Botany B
Cellular/Molecular Biology B
Microbiology B
Toxicology B

Business, Management, & Marketing
Business Administration/Management B

Communications & Journalism
Mass Communications/Media Studies B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Science B

Engineering
Biomedical Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering Physics B
Engineering Science B
Environmental Engineering B
Geological Engineering B
Manufacturing Engineering B
Materials Science B
Mechanical Engineering B
Nuclear Engineering B
Operations Research B

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature
Celtic B
Chinese B
Classics B
Comparative Literature B
Dutch/Flemish B
French B
German B
Greek, Ancient B
Italian B
Japanese B
Latin B
Linguistics B
Scandinavian B
Slavic B
Spanish B

History
History – General B

Law & Legal Studies
Law & Legal Studies – General B

Mathematics
Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B
Statistics B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Classical/Ancient Mediterranean/Near Eastern Studies B
Cognitive Science B
Nutrition Sciences B
Peace/Conflict Resolution Studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Science B
Environmental Studies B
Forest Management B
Forestry – General B
Natural Resources & Conservation – General B
Natural Resources Management/Policy B

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences
Astrophysics B
Atmospheric Sciences B
Chemistry B
Geology B
Geophysics/Seismology B
Oceanography B
Physical Sciences – General B
Physics B

Psychology
Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services
Social Work B

Social Sciences
Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B
Urban Studies B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:
    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.


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