University of California-Berkeley (UC Berkeley)

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University of California-Berkeley can be found in Berkeley, CA, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. University of California-Berkeley enrolls approximately 44,000 students each year.

Students can report either the ACT or SAT scores to University of California-Berkeley. A score between 1330 - 1530 on the SAT exam, or 31 - 35 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among accepted students. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the UC Berkeley average GPA ranges from 3.82 to 4 for accepted students. The competition to get accepted at this school runs high, given that only 20 percent of students who applied are accepted to the school. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected UC Berkeley acceptance rate 2021 is estimated to be 15%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall UC Berkeley Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for University of California-Berkeley was reported as 16.3% in Fall 2020 with over 87,400 college applications submitted to UC Berkeley. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • UC Berkeley ACT Scores: 31 - 35
  • UC Berkeley Average GPA: 3.82 - 4

How Hard Is It to Get into University of California-Berkeley?

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to University of California-Berkeley is considered high, with many applicants scoring in the top percentiles on the SAT or ACT exam, as well as having an excellent high school GPA.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for UC Berkeley has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 16.9%
  • 2017-2018: 17.1%
  • 2018-2019: 14.8%
  • 2019-2020: 16.3%
  • Projected UC Berkeley Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 15.0%

How Does UC Berkeley Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for University of California-Berkeley is more than 100% lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
University of San Francisco64.4%
San Francisco State University67.3%
California State University-East Bay76.2%
Stanford University4.3%
San Jose State University63.6%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Recommended

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to UC Berkeley (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading650 - 740
Math680 - 790
Total Score1330 - 1530
ACT®Score Range
English29 - 35
Math28 - 35
Composite Score31 - 35
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