University of California-Berkeley


Highest Degree Offered: Doctoral

College Type: Public

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Academic Calendar: Semester

State: California


The University of California, Berkeley is one of the world's leading academic institutions. Widely known as "Cal," the campus is renowned for the size and quality of its libraries and laboratories, the scope of its research and publications, and the distinction of its faculty and students. National rankings consistently place Berkeley's undergraduate and graduate programs among the very best in a variety of disciplines. Overlooking San Francisco Bay, UC Berkeley is a lush and tranquil 1,232 acre campus¢¥†¥”yet close to many urban opportunities. It is bordered by wooded, rolling hills and the City of Berkeley, one of America's most lively, culturally diverse, and politically adventurous municipalities.

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Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 35396
Total Grad Students: Not available
Undergraduate Students: Not available
Faculty: 2245

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 16:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: Not available:1

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Contact Information


Berkeley California 94720


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Main Phone: 510-642-6000

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Admissions Contact:
Lorena Valdez
Coordinator of Transfer Student Programs and Services, Transfer Center

Transfer Services Contact:
Keith Schoon
Community College Transfer Center

International Admissions Contact:
International Student Admissions, Undergraduate

Athletics Contact:
Steve Holton

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

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High School Transcript Required?

Minimum GPA for Applying:
Minimum GPA - 2.4 California residents (2.8 for nonresidents). Higher GPA requirements vary by program. The average GPA for transfer students admitted to Berkeley in Fall 2010 was 3.62 - 3.98.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
In general, credit may be granted for courses when a grade of at least a D has been earned.

Credits (Min/Max):
Minimum credits - 60 credits. Maximum credits from a two-year institution - 70 credits. Maximum credits from a four-year institution - 80 credits. You must earn 60 credits at UC Berkeley to earn a bachelor's degree.

Test Scores for Applying:
SATs/APs/IBs can be used to fulfill certain breadth requirements. If you are offered admission and we need official scores, you will be instructed to submit them July 15.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
Letteres of recommendation are not required for admission consideration.

Essay(s) required:
You are asked to provide a response to two prompts, both of which you must answer, using a max of 1,000 words. You may allocate the word count as you wish. If you choose to respond to one prompt at greater length, we suggest your shorter answer be no less

Application Fee:
UC's application fee is $60 per campus ($70 if you're an international student).

Other Requirements:
You must select a major, as your application for admission will be reviewed based on the completion of prerequisite courses for a particular academic program at Berkeley. All applicants must have completed the general education requirements.

Fall Deadline:
November 30

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Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied: 13266

Transfers Accepted: 3392

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 26%

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Applicants apply for university-sponsored scholarships automatically when they apply for admission; a separate form, the FAFSA, is required for grants, loans and work study. Contact the Office of Financial Aid - Transfer Advising at 510-642-6442.

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1 response to University of California-Berkeley

  1. What the university rankings don’t tell you. The public’s University of California harvests family savings, Alumni donations. Cal. ranked #1 public university total academic cost (resident) as a result of the Provost’s, Chancellor’s ‘charge resident’s higher tuition’. UCB tuition is rising faster than other universities.

    Cal ranked # 2 nationally in faculty earning potential. Spending on salaries increased 29% in last six years. Believe it: Harvard College less costly.

    University of California negates promise of equality of opportunity: access, affordability. Self-absorbed Provost Breslauer Chancellor Birgeneau are outspoken on Cal. ‘charging residents much higher’ tuition.

    Birgeneau ($450,000) Breslauer ($306,000) like to blame the politicians, since they stopped giving them their entitled funding. The Cal. ‘charge instate students higher tuition’ skyrocketed fees by an average 14% per year from 2006 to 2011 academic years. If they had allowed fees to rise at the same rate of inflation over past 10 years fees would still be in reach of middle income students. Breslauer Birgeneau increase disparities in higher education, defeat the promise of equality of opportunity, and create a less-educated work force.

    Additional state tax funding must sunset. Prop 30, 32, 38. The sluggish economy, 10% unemployment devastates family savings. Simply asking for more taxes (Prop 30, 32) to spend on self-absorbed Cal. leadership, inefficient higher education practices, over-the-top salaries, lavish bonuses, is not the answer.

    UCB is to maximize access to the widest number of residence at a reasonable cost. Birgeneau Breslauer’s ‘charge Californians higher tuition’ denies middle income families the transformative value of Cal.

    The California dream: keep it alive and well. Fire Provost George W Breslauer. Birgeneau resigned. Cal. leadership must accept responsibility for failing Californians.
    Opinions? UC Board of Regents Calif. State Senators, Assembly members.

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