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UC Berkeley Admission Requirements

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Chances of getting into University of California Berkeley

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
17.5%
Admission Difficulty for University of California Berkeley
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionVery High

How hard is it to get into UC Berkeley and can I get accepted? The school has a 17% acceptance rate ranking it #7 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 15,390 out of 88,062 applicants were admitted making UC Berkeley a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 9 percent. University of California Berkeley typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 40% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. University of California Berkeley is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UC Berkeley SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1310-1530
Applicants Submitting SAT
79%
SAT Scores for University of California Berkeley
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 650
SAT Math 25th 660
SAT Composite 25th 1310
SAT Scores for University of California Berkeley
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 740
SAT Math 75th 790
SAT Composite 75th 1530
Average SAT Score 1420

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University of California Berkeley?

University of California Berkeley typically prefers applicants to be in the top 11 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1310 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1200. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1420 out of 1600. The school ranks #5 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 79 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of California Berkeley admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1530 and Above Good >26%
1420 to 1530 Avg + 17%-26%
1310 to 1420 Avg - 11%-17%
1200 to 1310 Reach 7%-11%
Less than 1200 Low <7%
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UC Berkeley ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
30-35 
Applicants Submitting ACT
50%
ACT Scores for University of California Berkeley
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 27
ACT Math 25th 27
ACT Composite 25th 30
ACT Scores for University of California Berkeley
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 34
ACT Composite 75th 35
Average ACT Score 32

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into UC Berkeley?

Admission data indicates that UC Berkeley regularly accepts students with ACT's of 30 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 7 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 28 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 32 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 35 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #4 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 50 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of California Berkeley.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of California Berkeley admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
35 and Above Good >28%
32 to 35 Avg + 17%-28%
30 to 32 Avg - 12%-17%
28 to 30 Reach 8%-12%
Less than 28 Low <8%
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UC Berkeley GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.86
Typical High School Grades
A-

What GPA do you need to get into University of California Berkeley?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into UC Berkeley. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of California Berkeley was 3.86 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #14 in California for highest average GPA. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as UC Berkeley is a very selective school.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted University of California Berkeley students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
4.0 31.5% Avg +
3.75 to 3.99 51.7% Reach
3.50 to 3.74 13.4% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 2.3% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 0.8% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 0.3% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

96% of University of California Berkeley freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of California Berkeley students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 96%
Top 25% of class 100%
Top 50% of class 100%
Lower 50% of class 0%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of California Berkeley admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 45,268 42,794 88,062
Accepted 8,816 6,574 15,390
Acceptance Rate 19% 15% 17%
Enrolled 3,265 2,852 6,117
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 37% 43% 40%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Nov 30, 2021
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Nov 30, 2021.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to University of California Berkeley is $70.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of California Berkeley and what student information is used for admission decisions?

University of California Berkeley Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Neither required nor recommended
Recommendations Considered but not required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University of California Berkeley
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110635 IPEDS survey data for University of California Berkeley.

FAQs

Does University of California Berkeley prefer SAT or ACT?

79% of students submit their SAT scores to UC Berkeley. 50% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of California Berkeley?

17% of those who apply are granted admission to UC Berkeley. Admission competition is very high and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for University of California Berkeley?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1310 and 1530. 79% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for University of California Berkeley?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 30 and 35. 50% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.