University of California, Berkeley (UCB)


The University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley, Berkeley, Cal, or California) is a public research university in Berkeley, California. Founded in 1868, it is the flagship campus and the oldest of the ten campuses of the University of California. Berkeley has been ranked by numerous major education publications as among the top ten universities in the world.

Berkeley is one of the 14 founding members of the Association of American Universities and had $789 million in R&D expenditures in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015.

Today, Berkeley maintains close relationships with three United States Department of Energy National Laboratories Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory and is home to many institutes, including the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and the Space Sciences Laboratory.

Through its partner institution University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Berkeley also offers a joint medical program at the UCSF Medical Center.

Graduate and professional programs

University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

Berkeley has a “comprehensive” graduate program with high coexistence with the programs offered to undergraduates, but no medical school. The university offers Master of Art, Master of Science, Master of Fine Art, and PhD degrees in addition to professional degrees such as the Juris Doctor, Master of Business Administration and Master of Design. The university awarded 963 doctoral degrees and 3,531 Master’s degrees in 2017.

Admission to graduate programs is decentralized; applicants apply directly to the department or degree program. Most graduate students are supported by fellowships, teach assistantships, or research assistantships.

The 2010 United States National Research Council Rankings identified UC Berkeley as having the highest number of top-ranked doctoral programs in the nation.

UC Berkeley doctoral programs that received a #1 ranking include Agricultural and Resource Economics, Astrophysics, Chemistry, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, English, Epidemiology, Geography, German, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Genomics, and Development, Physics, Plant Biology, and Political Science. UC Berkeley was also the #1 recipient of National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships between 2001 and 2010, with 1,333 awards.

Admissions and enrollment

In 2014, Cal instituted a strict academic standard for an athlete’s admission to the university. By the 2017 academic year 80 percent of incoming student athletes must comply with the University of California general student requirement that they have a 3.0 or higher high school grade point average.

For Fall 2019, Berkeley’s total enrollment was 42,501: 30,853 undergraduate and 11,648 graduate students, with women accounting for 53 percent of undergraduates and 46.5 percent of graduate and professional students. The acceptance rate for freshmen was 16.8 percent. Of enrolled freshman, nearly 56 percent were women and approximately 60 percent self-identified as persons of color.

Enrolled freshman had average weighted secondary school GPAs of between 4.00 and 4.29 (unweighted GPA of 3.89) and had an average SAT score of 1445 (average ACT score of 32). The interquartile range for SAT scores was 1350–1540. Berkeley and other campuses of the University of California do not superscore.

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