Is entering a top U.S. college in California a dream of yours?  If so, U.C. Berkeley should be on your list. Let’s take a look what U.C. Berkeley has shown for its class of 2024.

U.C. Berkeley’s admission goes beyond just the academic status of students. Persistence, passion, and desires to give back are traits that get noticed. Whether you’re the first in your family to attend college or you’re the latest in a long tradition of educational excellence: “you stand up and you stand out.”

What is Looked for in Berkeley Students

U.C. Berkeley conducts what is known as holistic review. That means, they review each application in its entirety, word by word, page by page. They can and will make love to your paper.

While grades and test scores are important and the applicant pool is highly competitive, they read each application individually, looking for students who can add to the extraordinary educational atmosphere at Berkeley. One aspect, leadership, can be demonstrated in many ways on your application.

Start your application early and distinguish yourself by writing about your own experience in a way that sets you apart from other applicants.

Freshman Student Profile


Unweighted GPA 3.86-4.00
Weighted GPA 4.27-4.62
ACT* 29-35
SAT* 1330-1530

Data points reflect the middle 50% of students in our 2020 admitted class.

*Starting with students applying for fall 2021 admission, UC Berkeley will not consider SAT/ACT exam scores in the admission process. 

2020 2019
Applications Admits % Applications Admits %
Total: Freshman
17.6% 87,389 13,558 16.8%


From Public Schools From Rural Areas First Generation
76.5% 5.2% 26.6%


Transfer Student Profile

College GPA 3.71-4.00

Data points reflect the middle 50% of students.

2020 2019
Applications Admits % Applications Admit %
Total: Transfers 19,074 4,818 25.3% 19,074 4,818 25.3%


From CCCs Veterans Re-Entry
95.1% 3.0% 14.3%