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 37,000 students each year.

Students can report either the ACT or SAT scores to University of California-Berkeley. A score between 1840 - 2240 on the SAT exam, or 27 - 33 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 3.62 to 3.96 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 2015 is estimated to be 20%.

Overall UC Berkeley Acceptance Rate - Fall 2012


The overall acceptance rate for University of California-Berkeley was reported as 18.0% in Fall 2012 with over 61,700 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 SAT Scores: 1840 - 2240
  • UC Berkeley ACT Scores: 27 - 33
  • UC Berkeley Average GPA: 3.62 - 3.96

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

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to UC 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 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for University of California-Berkeley has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2008-2009: 21.5%
  • 2009-2010: 21.6%
  • 2010-2011: 21.4%
  • 2011-2012: 21.6%
  • 2012-2013: 18.0%
  • Projected UC Berkeley Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 20.2%

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 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
University of San Francisco61.3%
San Francisco State University63.8%
California State University-East Bay68.7%
Stanford University5.7%
San Jose State University63.5%

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 2012)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to UC Berkeley (Fall 2012)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading590 - 720
Math630 - 770
Writing620 - 750
Total Score1840 - 2240
ACT®Score Range
English26 - 34
Math27 - 34
Composite Score27 - 33
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