University of California, Berkeley
200 California Hall, Berkeley, California 94720
Berkeley, California 94720
(800) 523-2048
Accrediting Agency:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Established in 1868, the University of California – Berkeley is a public research institution. The school is the oldest of the 10 major campuses that make up the University of California system and is considered to be its flagship school. As of fall 2009, UC Berkeley has an undergraduate enrollment of more than 25,000 students. Dedicated to providing its students with both a classical and practical education, UC Berkeley offers approximately 300 different degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The school’s undergraduate program was named the best amongst the nation’s public universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2011. Faculty, alumni, and researchers have won numerous Nobel Prizes, MacArthur Fellowships, Academy Awards, Olympic medals, and Pulitzer Prizes.

Programs Offered

With hundreds of degree programs offered, UC Berkeley is subdivided in 14 colleges and schools: the College of Letters & Science, the Haas School of Business, the College of Chemistry, the Graduate School of Education, the College of Engineering, the College of Environmental Design, the School of Information, the Graduate School of Journalism, the School of Law, the College of Natural Resources, the School of Optometry, the School of Public Health, the Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy, and the School of Social Welfare. According to U.S. News & World Report‘s 2011 rankings, UC Berkeley was rated 3rd in engineering, 4th in arts and humanities, and 5th in natural and physical sciences, social sciences, and life sciences, when compared with other national universities.


The University of California – Berkeley is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. In addition, they have received specialized accreditation for specific programs from the American Bar Association, the American Dietetic Association, the American Optometric Association, the American Psychological Association, the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education, and the Council on Education for Public Health. The school’s accreditation status allows eligible students to apply for federal financial aid.


The University of California – Berkeley is highly selective, admitting only about 21% of their applicants. Prospective students must be prepared to submit their high school transcript along with their GPA, their ACT or SAT scores, any Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, TOEFL, or IELTS score reports, annual income information, and an application fee of $70. In addition to the general application, students will need to prepare a personal statement based on two essay prompts provided on the school’s website. The entire application can be completed online.


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