The University of California, Berkeley is a public research university that was founded in 1868. The student body at the University is made up of 24,600 undergraduate students and 10,300 graduate students. A total of 62 Nobel Laureates have been affiliated with the University as either researchers, faculty members, or alumni. Seven of them are currently on the faculty of the school. The student-to-teacher ratio at the University of California, Berkeley, is 22:1.
The National Research Council has placed 35 of the 36 graduate programs offered at Berkeley as No. 1. Berkeley has also been ranked in the top slot for all of its Doctorate level programs. The U.S. News and World Report placed Berkeley as No. 21 in the country.
Majors & Programs at UC Berkeley
Undergraduates at Berkeley can take courses offered by the following Colleges:
Here are some examples of majors that Berkeley students can declare:
• Earth and Planetary Science
• Engineering Physics
• Landscape Architecture
• Manufacturing Engineering
• Nuclear Engineering
• Political Economy of Industrial Societies
• Social Welfare
• Theater and Performance Studies
There are over 100 majors available at Berkeley, and students can also work with an academic advisor to design their own program.
Berkeley is not an easy University to get into; only 22 percent of those people who apply for admission are accepted. Over 90 percent of those who are accepted to Berkeley scored 500 on their SAT Reading and Math tests. The University starts accepting applications on November 1 and the deadline for applying is November 30. Decisions are posted on March 26.
Most of the students accepted into Berkeley have taken a very challenging curriculum in high school. Each application is reviewed in detail and the results of the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT Assessment Plus Writing Test and each applicant’s person statement are considered.
Tuition & Financial Aid
The amount of money you will pay for tuition at Berkeley will depend on whether you are a resident of California or not. State residents may not pay anything for tuition; non-state residents are looking at $20,602. Room and board will cost $14,494.
Sports at UC Berkeley
The University of California, Berkeley teams are called the California Golden Bears. Teams compete in the NCAA Division 1-A as members of the Pacific 10 Conference. Student athletes have performed very well over the years, and have won national titles in a number of sports, including:
• Basketball (men’s)
• Crew (men’s and women’s)
• Gymnastics (men’s)
• Judo (men’s)
• Rugby (men’s)
• Swimming (men’s and women’s)
• Tennis (men’s)
• Track (men’s)
• Water polo (men’s)
Reviews of UC Berkeley
The University of California, Berkeley, regularly makes the list of the top 50 liberal arts colleges in the United States. Most of the online reviews of the school are quite positive. You can read some of them by checking out these links: