Vault Rating: 4.5 out of 5


  • Beautiful campus in Berkeley, overlooking San Francisco Bay
  • Less expensive than other top schools


  • Most selective
  • Large student body and high student-teacher ratio

The Bottom Line

  • The University of California – Berkeley, a well-respected public institution known for its liberal student activism, gives students opportunities for groundbreaking research, innovative thinking and creativity, and service to society.


Admission to the University of California - Berkeley is challenging. About 22 percent of applicants are accepted.

To qualify for admission, California residents should have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and out-of-state applicants need 3.4. The school requires the SAT Reasoning or ACT...  

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