|Applicant Competition||Very 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.
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.
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||650|
|SAT Math 25th||660|
|SAT Composite 25th||1310|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||740|
|SAT Math 75th||790|
|SAT Composite 75th||1530|
|Average SAT Score||1420|
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
|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%|
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||27|
|ACT Math 25th||27|
|ACT Composite 25th||30|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||35|
|ACT Math 75th||34|
|ACT Composite 75th||35|
|Average ACT Score||32|
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
|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%|
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.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|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
96% of University of California Berkeley freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.
|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%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||37%||43%||40%|
The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Nov 30, 2021.
The cost for prospective students to apply to University of California Berkeley is $70.
What are the requirements for admission to University of California Berkeley and what student information is used for admission decisions?
|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|
|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.
79% of students submit their SAT scores to UC Berkeley. 50% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
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.
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.
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.