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University of California, Berkeley - 2012

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General Admissions

Entrance Requirements and Recommendations


All freshman applicants must complete a minimum of 15 college preparatory courses in the University of California's a-g subject pattern and present scores from the SAT Reasoning Test or ACT Assessment Plus Writing.

a) History/Social Science 2 years required;
b) English 4 years required;
c) Mathematics 3 years required, 4 recommended;
d) Laboratory Science 2 years required, 3 recommended;
e) Language Other than English 2 years required, 3 recommended;
f) Visual and Performing Arts one year;
g) College Preparatory Electives one year.

:::::::::::: REQUIRED TESTS:
The SAT Reasoning Test or ACT Assessment Plus Writing. While SAT Subject Tests are no longer required, the presence of SAT Subject Tests - particularly in a science or Math Level 2 - will be considered value added. Engineering applicants are strongly encouraged to take the SAT Subject Test in Math Level 2. It is crucial that you complete all tests no later than the December examination dates of the year in which you file your application.

If you are a California resident with a GPA of 3.0 or above in the required courses, you must achieve the test score total indicated in the University's Freshman Eligibility Index. You may also be eligible through Eligibility in the Local Context, or by examination alone.

Nonresidents must attain a minimum 3.4 GPA in the a-g courses and the test score total indicated in the Eligibility Index under "Nonresidents", or be eligible by examination alone.


:::::::::::: All engineering applicants are encouraged to include a year of high school pre-calculus and AP courses, especially in math, physics and chemistry.

:::::::::::: NOTE: Admission to Berkeley is highly selective. Meeting minimum UC requirements does not guarantee admission.