University of California--Berkeley

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110 Sproul Hall

Berkeley, CA 94720-5800

Phone: (510) 642-6000
2013-2014 Tuition
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Nov. 30
application deadline

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#20 Overall Score: 79 out of 100. National Universities

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University of California--Berkeley is a public institution that was founded in 1868. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 25,774, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 1,232 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of California--Berkeley's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 20. Its in-state tuition and fees are $12,864 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $35,742 (2013-14).

The University of California—Berkeley, often referred to as Cal, is situated overlooking the San Francisco Bay. Berkeley guarantees two years of housing for incoming freshmen in a number of residence halls throughout campus. There are more than 1,200 student organizations on campus, ranging from political groups to a hang gliding club and everything in between. Berkeley also has a thriving Greek life with more than 55 fraternity and sorority chapters. The California Golden Bears, Berkeley’s athletic teams, compete in the Pac-12 Conference and are known for their traditional arch rivalry with Stanford.

Berkeley is comprised of 14 schools and colleges, including a number of graduate and professional schools such as the School of Optometry, Graduate School of Journalism and College of Environmental Design. Other graduate programs are the highly ranked Haas School of Business, Graduate School of Education, College of Engineering, School of Law, School of Social Welfare, School of Public Health and Goldman School of Public Policy. Berkeley is well known as a hub of liberal student activity: the Free Speech Movement—a 1964 student protest at Berkeley in response to the administration’s attempt to remove student political groups from campus—gained widespread national attention. Distinguished alumni include former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley and actor John Cho of the "Harold and Kumar" films. Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, scientific director of the Manhattan Project during WWII to develop the atomic bomb, was a physicist and professor at Berkeley.

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School type public, coed college
Year founded 1868
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $3,315,730,000


When applying to University of California--Berkeley, it's important to note the application deadline is November 30. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due December 31. The application fee at University of California--Berkeley is $70. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 18 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity most selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 18.0%
Application deadline November 30
SAT/ACT scores must be received by December 31

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of California--Berkeley is 17:1, and the school has 63.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of California--Berkeley include: Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Engineering; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; and Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 96.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 17:1
4-year graduation rate 71%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Social Sciences 20%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 13%
Engineering 12%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 5%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 5%

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Student Life

University of California--Berkeley has a total undergraduate enrollment of 25,774, with a gender distribution of 47.7 percent male students and 52.3 percent female students. At this school, 26 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 74 percent of students live off campus. University of California--Berkeley is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 35,899
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of California--Berkeley offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc).

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At University of California--Berkeley, 56.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $16,629.

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In-state tuition and fees $12,864 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $35,742 (2013-14)
Room and board $15,180 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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