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The University of California, Berkeley is part of the UC system in the state of California. UC Berkeley, often referred to as Cal, is situated overlooking the San Francisco Bay. Berkeley is well known as a hub of liberal student activism, The Free Speech Movement and Civil Rights Activism.

Key Facts


  • #15 in National Universities according to US News & World Report 2023-24
  • #1 in Top Public Schools
  • #2 in Business Programs
  • #3 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs
  • #2 in Computer Science
  • #8 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023

Year founded

  • 1868

School type

  • Public, coed, no religious affiliation

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 32,143

Latest graduate enrolment

  • 13,292

Student-faculty ratio

  • 18:1

Freshman acceptance rate

  • 15%

Average SAT/ ACT for freshman entry

  • SAT 1530 / ACT 35 

Average GPA for freshman entry

  • 4.45 (Weighted)

International student population

  • 13.1%

Transfer GPA of Kings alumni

  • 3.7, 4.0 

Employment/ job placement rate

  • 97% employed or enrolled in graduate school within 6 months

Median starting salary of alumni

  • $66,800

Popular majors

  • Business, Engineering, Computer Science, Social Sciences 

Tuition and Room & Board

  • $60,996
About the university

Different colleges/ schools within the university include College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Environmental Design, College of Letters and Science, College of Natural Resources, Graduate School of Education, Graduate School of Journalism, Haas School of Business, Goldman School of Public Policy, School of Information, School of Law, School of Optometry, School of Public Health, School of Social Welfare.

  • Berkeley offers over 100 distinct undergraduate degrees, concentrated into 75 majors within 22 broad fields of study
  • It has 6 Colleges and 76 Academic Departments
  • There are more than 1,200 student clubs and organizations 
  • Famous alumni include Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computers; Jerry Brown, Governor of California
Kings alumni at UC Berkeley

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