Berkeley Admission Chances

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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into Berkeley? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 13,320 out of 78,893 applicants or 17% were admitted making Berkeley a very competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores. University of California Berkeley typically accepts and attracts A- average high school students. Only 42% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 39,450 39,443 78,893
Accepted 7,238 6,082 13,320
Acceptance Rate 18% 15% 17%
Enrolled 2,879 2,671 5,550
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 40% 44% 42%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to University of California Berkeley and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that Berkeley regularly accepts students with ACTs of 30 and above. 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. 50 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of California Berkeley.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1340 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 1235. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1445 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 82 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.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1340 1550
SAT Reading 670 770
SAT Math 660 780
ACT Composite 30 34
ACT English 31 35
ACT Math 29 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. 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%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1550 and Above Good >26%
1445 to 1550 Avg + 17%-26%
1340 to 1445 Avg - 11%-17%
1235 to 1340 Reach 7%-11%
Less than 1235 Low <7%

Estimated GPA Requirements

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. Meeting these GPA requirements is not enough to gain admission as Berkeley is a very selective school.

What do these ratings mean?

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 0% Low
2.25 to 2.50 0% Low
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Nov 30, 2016.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of California Berkeley and what considerations affect admission decisions?

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

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

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.

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