Rank: 4

University of California-Berkeley

Berkeley, CAwww.berkeley.edu
Median SAT/ACT
1370/32
Enrollment
29,326
UC-Berkeley, or Cal for short, is one of the most selective public colleges in the country, with typical incoming SAT scores at over 1500. 92% of freshman graduate within six years, which is 15% more than even other elite public schools. A respected research institution, Cal gives students access to a faculty that includes numerous MacArthur 'geniuses,' Pulitzer Prize winners,...
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costs
Est. Full Price 2017-2018
$37,200
% of students who get any grants
61%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$17,900
Average price for low-income students
$7,300
Financial Aid from the College
% of students with need who get grants
98%
% of need met
81%
% of students who get merit* grants
6%
Average merit grant
$5,600
student success
Graduation rate
92%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
$13,597
Average salary within 5 years
$62,100
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
55%
admissions
Acceptance rate
17%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1370/32
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
30-Nov

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

See what students are saying on Niche.com

The campus is very beautiful. It's always a pleasure to look around while walking to class, even if you've been a student for a while. The architecture and nature is stunning. However, the environment and city itself is quite unsettling sometimes since there are frequent crimes. Moreover, the studying environment...
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My experience at UC Berkeley has been amazing. The professors are my favorite part. They are so knowledgeable, and some are even famous, in their field of study. The best part? They genuinely care about our, the students, growth! UC Berkeley professors are not just looking for a pay check,...
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The experience that I had at the University of California, Berkeley was excellent. From the academic rigor and wide course selection to the diversity of the students and opportunities in international education, the student experience at UC Berkeley is world class in its ability to craft an education which prepares...
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* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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