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Berkeley, California

University of California, Berkeley | UC Berkeley

University of California, Berkeley | UC Berkeley’s Admission Requirements

Acceptance Rate

14%
Your Chancing: Phase 1

SAT

Average SAT

1420

SAT 25th-75th

1310 - 1530

Students Submitting SAT

82%

Math

Average (25th - 75th)
660 - 790

Reading and Writing

Average (25th - 75th)
650 - 740

Recommendation

You should work toward getting your SAT score at or above the average score. However, if you’re making a tradeoff on what to improve – remember that SAT scores are important, but carry less weight than GPA and coursework.

Read about how to increase your SAT score.

ACT

Average ACT

33

ACT 25th-75th

31 - 35

Students Submitting ACT

41%

Math

Average (25th - 75th)
27 - 34

English

Average (25th - 75th)
27 - 35

Recommendation

You should work toward getting your ACT score at or above the average score. However, if you’re making a tradeoff on what to improve – remember that ACT scores are important, but carry less weight than GPA and coursework.

Wondering your admission chance to this school? Calculate your chance now

Your Chancing: Phase 2

Extracurriculars

Your extracurriculars can have a big impact on your admissions chances. Add in your activities to our Chancing Calculator to see their impact.

Recommendation letters

Having a great recommendation sometimes improves your chances, but it’s most important to make sure that you’re not disqualified because one is missing.

Application requirements

Accepts Common App
No

Considers class rank
Yes

Recommendation letters
Not used

TOEFL policy (international applicants)
Required

SAT/ACT testing policy
Not used
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Learn about chancing

Colleges evaluate profiles using both academic and holistic reasons.

We evaluate your profile like colleges do, considering all factors.

Most websites only consider GPA and test scores when determining what sort of applicant you are. We consider your coursework, GPA, extracurriculars, demographics, intended major, class rank, and test scores (if you have them).

Academics are more than just grades, which we take into account.

Grades matter, but so does the difficulty of the classes you took. Extracurricular activities count, both in terms of what positions you have held and how you have improved your community.


How does the chancing calculator help me without counting in all the holistic factors?

You can use it as your baseline for building school lists, improving your profile, and coming up with application strategies.

We also have tools and resources that can assist with writing essays and improving other holistic aspects.