University of California - Berkeley

University of California - Berkeley Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on University of California - Berkeley, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is University of California - Berkeley Ranked?

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2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

University of California - Berkeley was awarded 1,131 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is Scandinavian languages, literatures, and linguistics.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, UC Berkeley is ranked #26 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation! This is an improvement over the previous year, when UC Berkeley held the #69 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

UC Berkeley also holds the #8 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

See all of the rankings for University of California - Berkeley.

Is It Hard to Get Into UC Berkeley?

Acceptance Rate

Even if you have the best grades and high test scores, that may not be enough to get into UC Berkeley since the school has one of the most selective in the country. Its acceptance rate is a mere 17%, so there's no shame if you don't get in. Be sure to apply to other schools just in case.

Average Test Scores

About 73% of students accepted to UC Berkeley submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 630 and 720. Math scores were between 630 and 760.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of California - Berkeley  ( 630 to 720 )

SAT Math Scores for University of California - Berkeley  ( 630 to 760 )
UC Berkeley received ACT scores from 58% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 30 and 34.

ACT Composite Scores for University of California - Berkeley  ( 30 to 34 )

Learn more about University of California - Berkeley admissions.

University of California - Berkeley Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at University of California - Berkeley is 19 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1. This may indicate that some of your classes will be larger in size than they would be at other schools. However, upper level classes will probably be smaller.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of California - Berkeley is 68%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  68 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of California - Berkeley

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of California - Berkeley has a freshmen retention rate of 97%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  97 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At UC Berkeley the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 73%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  73 out of 100

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University of California - Berkeley Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 31,348 undergraduates at UC Berkeley with 29,991 being full-time and 1,357 being part-time.

How Much Does University of California - Berkeley Cost?

The overall average net price of UC Berkeley is $15,329. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UC Berkeley

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$8,392 $9,130 $13,081 $21,401 $32,504

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of UC Berkeley, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UC Berkeley, approximately 21% of students took out student loans averaging $6,175 a year. That adds up to $24,700 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UC Berkeley is 1.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do UC Berkeley Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley make about $64,700 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for UC Berkeley students since it is 63% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at University of California - Berkeley make the most money.

Location of University of California - Berkeley

University of California - Berkeley is a public institution located in Berkeley, California. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Contact details for UC Berkeley are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 200 California Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720
Phone: 510-642-6000

University of California - Berkeley Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 110 majors graduated from University of California - Berkeley. Of these students, 10,191 received undergraduate degrees and 4,524 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Computer Science 845 $114,800
Economics 751 $63,000
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 724 $34,900
Natural Resources Conservation 506 $44,100
Political Science & Government 482 $40,100
Electrical Engineering 452 $116,600
Computer Information Systems 392 NA
Business Administration & Management 385 $76,600
Cognitive Science 345 $44,300
Applied Mathematics 326 $61,500

Learn more about the majors offered at University of California - Berkeley along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at UC Berkeley

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2018-2019, 2,342 students took at least one online class at University of California - Berkeley. This is an increase from the 1,581 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 2,342 870
2017-2018 1,581 651
2016-2017 1,581 651
2015-2016 775 503
2013-2014 755 249

Learn more about online learning at University of California - Berkeley.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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