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University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

About the University of California, Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley, a public research university, is regarded as one of the most prestigious state universities in the US. The 4-year, coeducational college is a primarily residential college offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university is located in San Francisco’s Bay Area, where it is home to about 27,000 undergraduate students and 10,000 postgraduate students.

A Brief History
A brief history

Part of the University of California group, UC Berkeley was founded in 1868. Its creation aligned with the California gold rush and symbolised a desire to provide opportunity to following generations.

General info
General information

Berkeley has 14 schools and colleges, including a number of graduate and professional schools, such as the School of Optometry and the Graduate School of Journalism.


Acceptance Rate

1350 - 1540

Average SAT Score

30 - 35

Average ACT Score


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Quick facts about UC Berkeley

  • Undergrad degree: 4 year liberal arts
  • Public or Private: Public
  • Setting: Urban
  • Residential Status: Primarily on campus
  • Number of Undergraduates: 30,853 (approx)
  • Number of Freshman: 6,538 (approx)
  • Acceptance Rate: 11.6%
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What is the median starting salary of Berkeley graduates?

$54,700 USD

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How hard is it to get into Berkeley?

Very! Berkeley’s acceptance rate is below 17% and close to 9% for international applicants.

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Notable alumni

Berkeley faculty have won 19 Nobel prizes, mostly in physics, chemistry and economics. Recent winners include Saul Perlmutter, who won the 2011 Prize for Physics for leading a team that discovered the accelerating expansion of the universe, suggesting the existence of a form of dark energy that comprises 75 per cent of the universe; and George Akerlof, who won the 2001 Prize for Economics for demonstrating how markets malfunction when buyers and sellers have access to different information.

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