Ever wondered what it would be like to go deep-sea diving?
Bet you didn’t know that it was a UC Berkeley Chemistry Professor that made it possible…I didn’t!
UCB prides itself on a number of accomplishments and ranks highly in a number of areas. With a 20% average acceptance rate for incoming, Out-of-State Freshmen, UC Berkeley admissions are definitely competitive…
Don’t be intimidated! As always, we’re here to help.
Keep reading for How to Get In: UC Berkeley Admissions Requirements.
And.. if you are really feeling ambitious make sure to register for our next FREE live webinar by clicking here! In the webinar, we will ensure you are taking the necessary steps for college, scholarship, and most important career success!
Step #1 : A 3.85 unweighted GPA or higher
Yep, Cal Berkeley wants your unweighted GPA!
Use this GPA Calculator to determine where you stand.
Step #2 : A 4.39 weighted GPA or higher
Wait, they want this too? Right again. They want both.
Geez, no pressure… I know, I know. These are high expectations! But they’re not impossible to achieve. If attending Cal Berkeley truly is your student’s dream, you have some options to give their GPA a boost:
- If they struggle in school, OR are sitting just below those UC Berkeley admissions requirements… look into tutoring!
- We actually have tutors who currently attend UC Berkley! Click here to learn more!
Yeah, it’ll cost you some money now, but it can easily pay off later with scholarships and your student’s college diploma.
- Help yourselves to FREE academic resources by becoming a Student-Tutor member. Click here to learn more!
Step #3 : A 2171 SAT Reasoning Test or 33 ACT Plus Writing Score
UC Berkeley really does pride itself on pursuing excellence — they’re not playing around here! That’s why I can’t stress it enough — use your resources.
ALSO, take note: for Chemistry or Engineering Majors: The SAT 2 Subject Tests are strongly recommended.
We also have stellar SAT & ACT tutors who currently attend UC Berkley! Click here to learn more!
Which brings me to my next point…
Step #4 : Research your major/program
You wouldn’t call a heart surgeon to come fix your TV.
What’s my point here?
An electrician and a heart surgeon “fix” things, but they have completely different skill sets to do it. Likewise, different majors and programs have requirements that are specific to them.
You can figure out what major/program you’re interested in by using UCB’s Academic Guide for Undergraduate Degrees. This is a convenient tool on their website that allows you to select your student’s interests and find majors that they would like.
When you click on a major, you’ll find the information your student needs as far as any prerequisites, specific acceptance scores, and all that jazz.
If you want additional information, contact someone in the specific program’s department.
Step #5 : Take your UC Berkeley Admissions Test no later than December of your graduating year
Basically, you won’t be considered otherwise! To keep your student on track for this as far as test preparation, you can make use of a planner.
How does a planner help?
Well, the best way to stay on track with this is to break your one big goal of Taking the UC Berkeley Admissions Test into smaller, SMART goals that will get you there over time. Remember, a SMART goal is all of the following:
Step #6 : Have a stellar UC Berkeley Admissions Essay
Alright, look alive! This is one of the most important things considered in admissions to Cal Berkeley.
Is it really that important?
What, don’t believe me? 😉 The Institutional Research Department at UCB lists the Admissions Essay/Personal Statement as “Very Important” in terms of acceptance, along with “Rigor of Secondary School Record”, “Academic GPA”, and “Standardized Test Scores — so there ya go!
Wondering what you should write about?
We looked through the essays of students who were accepted to UCB to find some trends.
1. Elevated Language
3. Specific and Individually-Centered Examples
4. Reflective Insight
Step #7 : Use the comments section of your essay
If your GPA is lower than what is stated above, there is a chance you can still get in. UC Berkeley reviews students’ applications with a holistic approach.
Holistic? What does that mean?
It means that IF your GPA is lower than the average accepted, or IF your test scores are sub par, you have a chance to say why.
And guess where you can say it?
The comments section of your essay! Unrelated to the prompt of your Admission Essay, this is where you can explain to UC Berkeley what happened, and they will take it into consideration.
Step #8 : Optimize your Extracurricular Activities
UCB is interested in what your student does with their time. Here’s a chance to ask what your student’s been up to, so…
Do they exhibit leadership skills? Do they work well in groups?
Specifically, Cal Berkeley pays attention to the following when considering admission:
- Character and Personality Traits
- Volunteer Work
- Work Experience
You’re in luck, because we have an article just for this! Follow the steps to create the perfect Extracurricular profile for your student’s UCB application.
Or if you really want to go to the extra mile and learn the step by step process to do this. Make sure you register for our next live webinar where we will teach you how to go about optimizing your extracurricular activities!
Step #9: Create a MyFinAid Account
UC Berkeley has what is called a MyFinAid Account. If you are eligible for financial awards such as scholarships, this is how you view those awards.
AND to make it easier for you, UC Berkeley has this all laid out for you in a lovely tutorial video!
As with all schools, there are various scholarships available for UCB students. For example, the Berkeley College Achievement Award: Incoming full-time and part-time students with a 2.50 grade point average (GPA) or higher will be considered for receiving up to $3,000 a year.
To see other awards available you can view the entire Financial Aid Catalog for 2015 at UC Berkeley.
Alright, let’s review. To pass the UC Berkeley admissions requirements and be a Golden Bear, we recommend the following:
- A 3.85 Unweighted GPA (or higher)
- A 4.39 Weighted GPA (or higher)
- A score of 2171 on the SAT or 33 on the ACT
- Research your major/program (Use UCB’s Academic Guide!)
- Take your UC Berkeley Admissions Test no later than December of your graduating year
- Do well on your UC Berkeley Admissions Essay (Remember the points I gave you!)
- Use the comments section of your essay (if needed)
- Access scholarships and other awards through your MyFinAid Account
Have questions on if you have what it takes to be admitted or not? Join our next free live webinar and ask your burning questions! Click here to register!
Have any other helpful information about UC Berkeley admissions requirements for us? Tell us in the comments below!
Co-authored by Renae Hintze
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