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University of California, Berkeley - 2016

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General Admissions

Entrance Requirements and Recommendations


All Berkeley applicants must meet the following requirements to be minimally eligible for admission to the University of California:

1. Meet the subject requirement by completing a minimum of 15 college preparatory courses in the University of California's a-g subject pattern, with at least 11 finished prior to the beginning of the senior year;
2. Earn a grad point average (GPA) of 3.0 better (3.4 for non-residents) in a-g courses with no grade lower than a C; and
3. Meet the examination requirement by taking the ACT Plus Writing or the SAT Reasoning Test by December of the senior year

a) History/Social Science - 2 years required
b) English - 4 years required
c) Mathematics - 3 years required, 4 years recommended
d) Laboratory Science - 2 years required, 3 years recommended
e) Language Other than English - 2 years required, 3 years recommended
f) Visual and Performing Arts - 1 year required
g) College-Preparatory Electives - 1 year required

:::::::::::: REQUIRED TESTS:
Applicants must submit official scores from either the SAT Reasoning Test or ACT 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..


:::::::::::: 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.