University of California-Berkeley.

University of California-Berkeley

Berkeley, CA4 year degree
Out-of-state tuition
Acceptance rate

About University of California-Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley, Berkeley, Cal, or California) is a public research university in Berkeley, California. Established in 1868 as the state's first land-grant university, it is the oldest campus of the University of California system and a founding member of the Association of American Universities. Its 14 colleges and schools offer over 350 degree programs and enroll some 31,000 undergraduate and 12,000 graduate students. Berkeley is ranked among the world's top universities by major educational publications.Berkeley hosts many leading research institutes, including the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and the Space Sciences Laboratory. It also founded and maintains close relationships with three national laboratories at Berkeley, Livermore and Los Alamos, and has played a prominent role in many scientific advances, from the Manhattan Project and the discovery of 16 chemical elements to breakthroughs in computer science and genomics.Berkeley alumni and faculty count among their ranks 110 Nobel laureates (34 alumni), 25 Turing Award winners (11 alumni), and 14 Fields Medalists as well as 28 Wolf Prize winners, 103 MacArthur "Genius Grant" recipients, 30 Pulitzer Prize winners, and 19 Academy Award winners. The university has produced seven national heads of state or government, five international, federal, and state chief justices, 19 cabinet-level officials, 11 state and territorial governors and 25 living billionaires, and it is a leading producer of Fulbright Scholars, MacArthur Fellows, and Marshall Scholars. Berkeley alumni, widely recognized for their entrepreneurship, have founded many notable companies. The university, which competes in the Pac-12 Conference as the California Golden Bears, has won 97 national championships, and its students and alumni have won 207 Olympic medals.


  • Offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 30,574 students
  • 0.40 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at University of California-Berkeley

Agricultural Economics
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Agricultural Economics, Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Fine Arts, Environmental Science, Biology, Botany, and Microbiology.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

14,549 students out of 85,044 applicants were accepted into University of California-Berkeley. They had an average SAT score of 1414. 73% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 58% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (2017)
In-state undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at University of California-Berkeley was $42,184, while for in-state students it was $14,170. After taking into account financial aid, the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for out-of-state students was $44,690.

The average financial aid at University of California-Berkeley is $20,313. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $21,871 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at University of California-Berkeley

Family Income Level

Average Discount

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

57% of undergraduate students at University of California-Berkeley received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at University of California-Berkeley

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of California-Berkeley was of $17,549 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $891.

Diversity at University of California-Berkeley

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017