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University of California-Berkeley

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The University of California Berkeley is among the oldest universities in the United States, having been established during the Gold Rush in 1868. It was formed with the merging of the College of California and the Agricultural, Mining, and Mechanical Arts College. In 1870, the university opened its gates to female students. The campus boasts of architectural masterpieces like the Doe Library, the Wheeler Hall, and the Greek Theater.

At the end of the World War II, the university faced a huge influx of students, which led to the addition of 40 acres of land to campus property. During this time, several residential halls were also constructed.

Education at University of California Berkeley was strongly focused towards civil engineering during the 19th century however, in the 1920s the university attracted brilliant faculty in science and established a national science laboratory. In 1939, faculty member Ernest Lawrence received the first Nobel Prize in Physics. As of 2011, the faculty and alumni of the university have received 66 Nobel Prizes.

The National Research Council ranked 48 programs of the university among the top ten in the United States, including programs in civil engineering, astrophysics, computer science, genomics, and plant biology.

With a 15:1 student to teacher ratio and 21 Nobel Laureates teaching at the university, students benefits from the academically challenging learning environment and the spectacular expertise of their teachers.

Programs at the university are organized into 14 schools which are further divided into several departments. The College of Letters and Science is Berkeley’s largest college with more than 60 departments. Berkeley also has the famous Haas School of Business, which is ranked among the top 25 business schools in the world.

As of Fall 2010, more than 35,000 students are studying at the University of California Berkeley.

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Admission requirements and criteria vary for different programs. Because the college receives a large number of applications, students with academic scores higher than the average academic scores in California have a higher chance of getting admission.

Undergraduate Admissions

Undergraduate programs are available at the College of Letters and Science, College of Engineering, College of Chemistry, College of Environmental Design, College of Natural Resources, and Haas School of Business.

Freshmen students must have taken 15 preparatory courses listed here. California residents must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and out of state applications must have a minimum GPA of 3.4. SAT or ACT scores are also mandatory.

Transfer Students

Transfer students must have a minimum of 60 credit hours along with prerequisites for the major you choose.

International Students

Freshmen international students must submit SAT or ACT scores, secondary education transcripts, and TOEFL scores.

Graduate Admissions

All departments require scores of specialized examinations such as the GRE, MAT, GMAT, OAT, or LSAT. Before applying, students must check the admission requirements with the department they are interested in. Letters of recommendation and work experience may also be required for certain programs, especially at Haas School of Business.

Financial Aid

Undergraduate and graduate students must complete the FAFSA to be considered for financial aid. California residents are also recommended to apply for the Cal Grant. Financial aid is available in the form of federal grants, work study programs, fellowships, graduate student financial support, and honor programs.

Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for Nationally Competitive Scholarships, a list of which is available at the University of California Berkeley Scholarship Connection.

Academic Achievement Programs

The university also has several Academic Achievement Programs which includes the following scholarships:

1. McNair Scholars Program – Provides $2800 stipend for research, fully funded GRE prep, and a mentorship opportunity with a faculty member.

2. Miller Scholars Program – It is awarded every year to 12 low income first generation college students. The Miller Scholars Program includes a $7000 scholarship for two year programs, mentoring from faculty, and weekly sessions on graduate school preparation and undergraduate research.

3. Posse Scholars Program – Provides a full tuition fee scholarship and faculty and peer mentoring.

UC Berkeley students benefit from the multiple scholarship programs available both at the undergraduate and graduate level, but please note that financial assistance is not extended to international students.

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Ranks 4439th for the average student loan amount.
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The student body at UC Berkeley largely lives on campus. Housing facilities include Units 1, 2 and 3, Channing-Bowditch, Manville, University Village, and Smyth-Fernwald. Clark-Kerr campus has residential style suites while Stern is an all women residential facility. The campus is fully wi-fi and all rooms in the residential facilities have network connections.

Students can purchase meal plans online whenever they want. There is no mandate of compulsory meal plans although, meals at campus dining facilities can only by purchased with meal plan points. Most dining facilities are open round the clock. UC Berkeley has a huge campus food court known as the Bear’s Lair.

There are 65 Greek fraternities and sororities at Berkeley. Chapters include the Interfraternity Council, the Panhellenic Council, the National Pan Hellenic Council, and the Multi Cultural Greek council. In addition to having an active Greek life, there are more than 1000 student clubs and organizations.

The campus is always alive with music performances, in house theatricals, concerts, comedy nights and other events. Students can tune into the KALX – Berkeley’s student run radio station to get a lowdown of all that is happening on campus, or read the Daily Cal – the university’s award winning student run campus newspaper.

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Student Graduation Demographics


Athletic teams at the university are called the California Golden Bears. They are a member of the Pacific 12 Conference and play in the official school colors of Yale Blue and California Gold. UC Berkeley has won over 100 medals in student Olympics.

Traditionally, the Golden Bears have an arch rivalry with Stanford Cardinals. The Big Game, an annual football event between the two universities, is among the most awaited events each year.

Recreational facilities include the Golden Bear Recreational Center and the Strawberry Canyon Recreational Area.


Being among the oldest universities, UC Berkeley has a large set of university traditions. The Freshman Sophomore Brawl started in 1907 where male students met for tug of war and jousting matches. The Pajamarino is also particularly famous – a pajama clad party for those who can come up with the most interesting night dresses.


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  • Selman Waksman, Nobel Laureate
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    Information Summary

    Ranks 11th in California and 121st overall
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    Campus Crime Statistics

    Ranks 0th in California and 544th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
      Incidents per 100 Students
    Aggravated assault 14 0.04
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
    Rape 45 0.12
    Robbery 37 0.10
    Arson 8 0.02
    Burglary 65 0.18
    Larceny N/A N/A
    Vehicle theft 55 0.15
    Arrest 240 0.66

    Local Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 People
    Aggravated assault 122 0.11
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
    Forcible Rape 19 0.02
    Robbery 340 0.30
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 976 0.86
    Larceny 3,460 3.04
    Vehicle theft 628 0.55

    Carnegie Foundation Classification

    Research Universities (very high research activity)
    UndergraduateArts & sciences focus, high graduate coexistence
    GraduateComprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary)
    Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, higher transfer-in
    EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
    Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

    General Characteristics

    Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
    Highest offeringDoctoral degree
    Calendar SystemSemester
    Years of college work requiredN/A
    Variable Tuition
    Religious AffiliationN/A
    Congressional District613

    Special Learning Opportunities

    Distance LearningN/A
    ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
    Study Abroad
    Weekend College
    Teacher Certification

    Student Tuition Costs and Fees

    Ranks 142nd for total cost of attendance
      In District In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    FT Undergraduate Tuition $11,220 $11,220 $34,098
    FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,644 $1,644 $1,644
    PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
    FT Graduate Tuition $11,220 $11,220 $26,322
    FT Graduate Required Fees $1,644 $1,644 $1,644
    PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
    Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $33,319 $33,319 $56,197
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $28,859 $28,859 $51,737
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $24,091 $24,091 $46,969

    Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

      In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Medical Degree — Tuition $31,134 $43,379
    Medical Degree — Required Fees $1,644 $1,644
    Optometry Degree — Tuition $27,656 $39,901
    Optometry Degree — Required Fees $1,644 $1,644
    Law Degree — Tuition $46,384 $50,335
    Law Degree — Required Fees $1,644 $1,644

    Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

    Prior year cost comparison
      In District In State Out of State
    Published Tuition & Fees $12,834 $12,874 $12,834 $12,874 $35,712 $35,752
      Cost (regardless of residency)
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Books & Supplies $1,202 $1,213
    On-Campus – Room & Board $15,272 $15,304
    On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,324 $3,497
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,182 $10,281
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,943 $4,121
    Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $9,456 $9,682

    Admission Details

    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Application Fee RequiredN/A
    Undergraduate Application Fee$70
    Graduate Application Fee$80
    First Professional Application FeeN/A
    Applicants 61,717 (30,715 male / 31,002 female)
    Admitted 11,108 (5,233 male / 5,875 female)
    Admission rate 18%
    First-time Enrollment 4,162 (2,036 male / 2,126 female)
    FT Enrollment 4,127 (2,022 male / 2,105 female)
    PT Enrollment 35 (14 male / 21 female)
    Total Enrollment36,198

    Admission Criteria

     = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
    Open Admissions
    Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
    College Prep. Completion
    Formal competency demoN/A
    Admission test scores
    Other testsN/A

    Admission Credits Accepted

    Dual Credit
    Life Experience
    Advanced Placement (AP)

    Athletics - Association Memberships

    Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
    NCAA Football Conference Pacific-10 Conference
    NCAA Basketball Conference Pacific-10 Conference
    NCAA Baseball Conference Pacific-10 Conference
    NCAA Track & Field Conference Pacific-10 Conference

    ACT Test Admission

    33rd for 75pctl scores
    Applicants submitting ACT results 40%
    Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 26 / 34
    Math scores (25/75 %ile) 27 / 34
    Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 27 / 33

    SAT Test Admission

    36th for 75pctl scores
    Applicants submitting SAT results 91%
    Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 590 / 720
    Math scores (25/75 %ile) 630 / 770
    Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1220 / 1490

    Student Services

    Remedial Services
    Academic / Career Counseling
    PT Cost-defraying Employment
    Career Placement
    On-Campus Day Care
    Library Facility

    Student Living

    First-time Room / Board Required
    Dorm Capacity8,430
    Meals per WeekN/A
    Room FeeN/A
    Board FeeN/A

    Faculty Compensation / Salaries

    Ranks 34th for the average full-time faculty salary.
    Effective as of 2014-09-20
    Tenure system N/A
    Average FT Salary $133,788 ($144,134 male / $105,998 female)
    Number of FT Faculty 1,649 (1,070 male / 579 female)
    Number of PT Faculty 2,331
    FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
    Total Benefits $133,135,000

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