How to Apply
Thank you for your interest in applying to UC Berkeley. Admission is a two-step process: Admission Requirements and Selection. We accept the UC application (link is external).
Students must meet University of California requirements, detailed online at the University of California website (link is external).
Becoming a Golden Bear requires more than a test score. To be Berkeley requires persistence. And passion. You stand up and you stand out.
UC Berkeley receives far more applications than it can admit, and to gain admission, you need to present an academic profile much stronger than that represented by the minimum UC admission requirements. To be as competitive as possible in the Berkeley applicant pool and to succeed within the holistic review, follow these steps:
1. Read the admission requirements for UC Berkeley and what it takes to be competitive in our applicant pool.
2. Read the requirements for the specific UC Berkeley college to which you are applying.
If you are unsure of your intended major, learn more about our academic majors and minors.
3. Use all parts of the application.
Be sure to make the most of each section of the application: Personal Insight Questions, Activities and Achievements, and Additional Comments boxes. Tell a complete story of your unique academic and personal achievements. For example, use the Additional Comments box to convey any information that will help us understand the context of your achievement, list additional honors/awards, or share information regarding a nontraditional school environment or unusual circumstances.
How UC Berkeley Selects Students
Dates & Deadlines
Personal insight Questions
"I've already applied!"
Applications for admission are available beginning in October of the year prior to the year in which you would enter UC Berkeley. The application filing period is November 1-30. All applications must be submitted by November 30.
UC Berkeley does not offer application for early admission or early decision.
|Application available||August 1|
|Filing period||November 1-30*|
|SAT test deadline||December 31|
|Application deadline||November 30|
|Berkeley notifies applicants of receipt of application||Early January|
|Freshman decisions posted||End of March**|
|Transfer decisions posted||End of April*|
|Freshman deadline to accept offer of admission||May 1|
|Transfer deadline to accept offer of admission||June 1|
**Exact decision dates are given to current applicants in confirmation emails and on the student application portal (coming soon).
Freshman Examination Requirement (link is external) (SAT/ACT Tests)