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Berkeley, California

UC Berkeley Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into University of California Berkeley

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
17.1%
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 #9 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 14,549 out of 85,044 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 44% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class.

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UC Berkeley SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1320-1510
Applicants Submitting SAT
73%
SAT Scores for University of California Berkeley
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 670
SAT Math 25th 650
SAT Composite 25th 1320
SAT Scores for University of California Berkeley
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 730
SAT Math 75th 780
SAT Composite 75th 1510
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 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 1220. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1420 out of 1600. The school ranks #8 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 73 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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of California Berkeley admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1510 and Above Good >26%
1415 to 1510 Avg + 17%-26%
1320 to 1415 Avg - 11%-17%
1225 to 1320 Reach 7%-11%
Less than 1225 Low <7%
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UC Berkeley ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
30-34 
Applicants Submitting ACT
58%
ACT Scores for University of California Berkeley
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 29
ACT Math 25th 28
ACT Composite 25th 30
ACT Scores for University of California Berkeley
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 35
ACT Composite 75th 34
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 34 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #4 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 58 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
34 and Above Good >26%
32 to 34 Avg + 17%-26%
30 to 32 Avg - 11%-17%
28 to 30 Reach 7%-11%
Less than 28 Low <7%
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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.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted University of California Berkeley students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 83% Good
3.50 to 3.75 11% Reach
3.25 to 3.50 3% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 2% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 1% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

High School Class Rank

98% 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 98%
Top 25% of class 100%
Top 50% of class 0%
Bottom 50% of class 0%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

University of California Berkeley admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 43,447 41,597 85,044
Accepted 8,225 6,324 14,549
Acceptance Rate 19% 15% 17%
Enrolled 3,422 2,957 6,379
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 42% 47% 44%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Nov 30, 2019
Days left to Apply
44

Applicants have 44 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Nov 30, 2019.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to UC Berkeley before the Nov 30 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Nov 2 Nov 15
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Oct 26 Nov 14

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.