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UC Berkeley Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into University of California Berkeley

University of California Berkeley

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
14.8%
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 15% acceptance rate ranking it #9 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 13,301 out of 89,607 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 8 percent. University of California Berkeley typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 45% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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UC Berkeley SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1320-1530
Applicants Submitting SAT
79%
SAT Scores for University of California Berkeley
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 650
SAT Math 25th 670
SAT Composite 25th 1320
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 1430

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

University of California Berkeley typically requires applicants to be in the top 10 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1320 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 1210. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1430 out of 1600. The school ranks #6 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. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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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 >23%
1425 to 1530 Avg + 15%-23%
1320 to 1425 Avg - 9%-15%
1215 to 1320 Reach 6%-9%
Less than 1215 Low <6%
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UC Berkeley ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
31-35 
Applicants Submitting ACT
50%
ACT Scores for University of California Berkeley
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 29
ACT Math 25th 28
ACT Composite 25th 31
ACT Scores for University of California Berkeley
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 35
ACT Composite 75th 35
Average ACT Score 33

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 31 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 5 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 29 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 33 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 35 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #3 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 50 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of California Berkeley.

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 >23%
33 to 35 Avg + 15%-23%
31 to 33 Avg - 9%-15%
29 to 31 Reach 6%-9%
Less than 29 Low <6%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

You will need exceptionally good grades to get into University of California 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 #13 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.

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Admission Statistics

University of California Berkeley admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 46,055 43,552 89,607
Accepted 7,716 5,585 13,301
Acceptance Rate 17% 13% 15%
Enrolled 3,350 2,662 6,012
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 43% 48% 45%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of California Berkeley and what considerations affect 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 Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

15% 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.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1320 and 1530. 79% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 31 and 35. 50% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.