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    University of California (UCB) Berkeley Admission, Criteria & Application Deadlines 2021

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    Bhavya Rawal

    Study Abroad Expert | Updated on - May 4, 2021

    Admission to University of California, Berkeley in the Fall intake, there were 88,068 freshmen applicants. Around 15,430 got admissions with an overall acceptance rate of 17.5%.

    UC Berkeley offers more than 150 majors and minors with 8 certificates, 7 simultaneous degrees, 7 summer minors. Apart from graduate programs in 42 disciplines, there are also exchange programs, concurrent graduate degrees, and interdisciplinary doctoral programs.

    To get into UC Berkeley you will need an average high school GPA of the freshmen class was 3.8 (90-92% or A grade). The percentage of International entering the graduate class was 19% with 3,539 being selected out of 42,000 applicants.

    The most popular course at UC Berkeley was MBA with 1,723 students. Applicants are expected to have a GMAT Score of 727 (average of current class) and 5.3 year experience (average).

    Here are some points to keep in mind when planning your admission applications to UC Berkeley:

    • UC Berkeley opens admissions for Fall, Winter, and Spring sessions.
    • UC Berkeley does not follow open admission policy and does not accept applications after the deadlines.
    • Freshmen can apply for applications via UC Application and graduates specifically with program websites according to campuses.
    • Students are advised to start the application three months before submission of the same.
    • The deadlines for graduate programs can differ, provided the campuses are different.

    Top Programs at UC Berkeley

    Programs Application Deadline 2020-2021 Standard  Test Requirements
    M.Sc Computer Science December 8, 2020 Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
    GRE Not required; 3 letters of recommendation
    TOEFL (90- iBT,  570- PBT) or
    IELTS overall score of at least 7
    M.Eng Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences December 8, 2020 (M.S.)
    January 6, 2021 (M.Eng.)
    Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
    GRE optional (Recommended- 90th percentile in Quant, 70th in Verbal and 3.5+ in Analytical)
    Strong technical background equivalent to a computer science bachelor's degree
    TOEFL (90- iBT,  570- PBT)or
    IELTS overall score of at least 7
    M.B.A Round 1 - September 26, 2020
    Round 2 - January 9, 2021
    Round 3 - April 2, 2021
    Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
    GRE or GMAT required; Resume
    Essay, Two professional letters of recommendation
    TOEFL (90- iBT,  570- PBT) or
    IELTS overall score of at least 7
    M.Eng Mechanical Engineering January 6, 2021 Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
    GRE- no minimum requirement (Recommended- 90th percentile in Quant, 70th in Verbal and 3.5+ in Analytical)
    3 letters of recommendation
    2 short essays, Resume
    TOEFL (90- iBT,  570- PBT) or
    IELTS overall score of at least 7
    Master of Financial Engineering January 6, 2021 Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
    GRE or GMAT required; CV
    Technical knowledge and experience (Matlab, C++, Python)
    Two letters of recommendation, 
    TOEFL (90- iBT,  570- PBT) or
    IELTS overall score of at least 7
    M.A Mathematics December 15, 2020 Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
    GRE Not required; 
    TOEFL (90- iBT,  570- PBT) or
    IELTS overall score of at least 7
    E.M.B.A Round 1- December 3, 2020
    Round 2- February 11, 2021
    Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
    GRE or GMAT required; Resume
    Two letters of recommendation, Essay
    TOEFL (90- iBT,  570- PBT) or
    IELTS overall score of at least 7
    Masters in Information Management & Systems (M.I.M.S.) January 6, 2021 Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
    GRE Not required; Work experience
    TOEFL (90- iBT,  570- PBT) or
    IELTS overall score of at least 7
    Master of Journalism December 1, 2020 Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
    GRE Not required; Demonstrated aptitude for writing, and desire to produce high-quality journalism
    TOEFL (90- iBT,  570- PBT) or
    IELTS overall score of at least 7
    M.Sc Civil and Environmental Engineering December 15, 2020 
     
    Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
    GRE Not required; 
    TOEFL (90- iBT,  570- PBT) or
    IELTS overall score of at least 7
    M.Eng Nuclear Engineering January 6, 2021  Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
    GRE Not required; 
    TOEFL (90- iBT,  570- PBT) or
    IELTS overall score of at least 7
    M.Sc Architecture December 15, 2020 Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
    GRE Not Required; Resume
    Statement of Purpose, Personal history statement
    A digital portfolio up to 12 pages
    Three letters of recommendation, 
    TOEFL (90- iBT,  570- PBT) or
    IELTS overall score of at least 7

    Highlights

    Application Portal UG- UC Application
    PG- UC Berkeley Graduate Admissions
    Application Fee (non-refundable) UG- $80
    PG- $140
    Acceptance Rate 16.3%
    Average SAT score 1450-1530
    Average ACT score 32-35
    Mode of Payment Credit Card
    Number of Countries 74
    Undergraduate Retention Rate 97%
    Graduate Retention Rate 93%
    Academic Calendar Quarterly and Semester
    Intake Seasons Fall, Winter, and Spring
    Work Experience For PG programs

    UC Berkeley Admission Deadlines

    When planning to make applications to UC Berkeley, international applicants are advised to ensure that they send in their completed application package ahead of the deadlines. It is to note that UC Merced and UC Berkeley are on a semester calendar. Rest other campuses follow a quarter system calendar.

    UC Berkeley UG Deadlines

    Term/Semester Deadline
    Fall quarter/semester November 1-30
    Winter quarter/spring semester July 1-31
    Spring quarter October 1-31

    UC Berkeley PG Deadlines

    There are separate deadlines for the graduate programs. Most programs have deadlines in the first and second weeks of December for applications. Every program website has specific deadlines to submit the applications and requirements.

    Due to COVID-19, students can contact the departments via e-mail only. The applications for admissions must be submitted by 8:59 Pacific Standard Time on the day of the program’s deadline.

    University of California International Student Admissions

    International students must meet their course requirements, have an average required GPA, SAT scores, AP/IB exams, GRE/GMAT scores, recommendations, English language proficiency requirements, health insurance, and financial support for one academic year.

    Self-Reported Academic Records: Applicants must fill the educational history section of their application exactly as it appears on their school records, you don’t want to get in trouble with the International Admission Specialist! Every campus is assigned an admissions officer who is familiar with the educational systems of other countries and is required to proof-check a student’s academic records.

    Language Requirements: English Proficiency is necessary at UCB, the applicant must meet the cutoffs for TOEFL or IELT

    ACT/SAT: Applicants must have taken ACT with the writing test, SAT with writing or SAT with an essay by December of their last year at secondary school. SAT should be taken by December to have ample time to submit the scores. Students to speed up their consideration of application should have multiple legible photocopies of their academic records. These records must list the dates attending the institution, grades received, and credits/hours earnedApplication Portal- Both International freshmen and graduate students must apply online at the university’s official website.

    Application Fee- Differs for per program

    • High-school transcripts
    • 15-year long Academic courses with a 3.4 GPA
    • English Language Proficiency Requirements (TOEFL/IELTS)
    • SAT/ACT scores
    • Medical Records
    • Health Insurance

    Optional Requirements-

    • CV/ Resume
    • GRE/GMAT scores
    • Letters of Recommendation
    • Work Experience
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Personal Statement
    • Interview

    English Proficiency Test Score for International Students

    Students must present the following to demonstrate English Language Proficiency. The minimum requirements are:

    The test score requirement to get into UG courses at UC Berkeley are discussed below:

    Test Minimum Required Score
    ACT English Language Arts (ELA) 24
    SAT (Writing and Language) 31
    AP examination in English Language and Composition/ English Literature and Composition 3, 4, or 5
    IB Standard Level examination in English (Language A only) 6 or 7
    IB Higher Level examination in English (Language A only) 5, 6, or 7
    IELTS 6.5
    IELTS indicator (Fall 2021 and Fall 2022 only) 6.5
    DET (Fall 2021 and Fall 2022 only) 115
    TOEFL Ibt 80
    TOEFL Ibt Home Edition 80
    TOEFL PBT 60
    • Some UC campuses must require even higher scores mentioned above for admission selection. And some campuses can interview to examine the English proficiency skills during the application review process.
    • Students who do not earn the required marks/grades for English Proficiency can take the English as a Second Language (ESL) exam or class depending upon the campus.

    Exam scores required to get into postgraduate programs at UC Berkeley are:

    Test Minimum required score
    IELTS Academic 7.0
    TOEFL PBT 570
    TOEFL iBT 90

    US Student Visa

    International students who have been admitted to UC Berkeley must complete a Non-Immigrant Information Form (NIF). The applicant’s financial sponsor should provide a guarantee for sufficient funds for the first year of study. Berkeley International Office will issue the document needed for the visa after getting the receipt of the completed NIF.

    All non-immigrant visitors should have a valid visa in their passport for entry into the United States. Students can receive the I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1) from UC Berkeley by completing NIF, invited by the UC Berkeley department, VSIS. After this, visa appointments and insurance must be held in students’ cities. Then students have to pay a SEVIS fee and go to an interview at the US embassy or consulate.

    Students have to bring the following documents to the US visa interview:

    • Passport (valid at least six months into the future)
    • Certificate of Eligibility I-20 (F-1)/ DS-2019 (J-1)
    • Proof of admission (new students)/ proof enrollment (currently enrolled students)/ UC Berkeley appointment letter (scholars)
    • Evidence of Financial Support (Enrolled EAP/ Degree-Seeking Students)
    • Evidence of financial support (scholars)
    • Visa application forms and fees
    • SEVIS Fee receipt (F-1 and J-1 only)
    • J-1 students need J-1 AT DS-2019 with a job offer letter/ current employment verification letter
    • F-1 students on STEM OPT Extension/ OPT requires an unexpired EAD card with a job offer letter/ current employment verification letter

    University of California Undergraduate Admissions

    The undergraduate admission process for International Students is two-fold. Along with the basic UBC admission requirements, international students should also keep in mind the following guidelines:

    Application Portal- UC Application

    Application fee- $80 (non-refundable)

    Supporting documents-

    • High-school transcripts
    • 15-year long Academic courses with a 3.4 GPA
    • English Language Proficiency Requirements
    • Letters of Recommendation
    • Medical Records
    • Health Insurance
    Country Undergraduate Requirements
    India Avg 70 with no mark below 60 in completed X and XII state board or CBSE examinations
    Pakistan Completed X and XII state or board examination
    Malaysia Either complete SPM and STPM or the SPM and at least 3 academic GCE A-level exam
    Sri-Lanka Complete Sri Lankan GCE O and A-level exams. Minimum 3-academic A levels exam is required.

    University of California Graduate Admissions

    UC Berkeley stands fourth amongst the new “Best Global University Rankings” in the world by US News & World Report 2021. The graduate programs which were first in the world are Computer Science, Biological Sciences, English, Sociology, Psychology, and Economics. 90% is the graduation satisfaction rate of the alumni by their studies at Berkeley.

    When and Where to Apply- Begin the application at UC Berkeley Graduate Admissions three months before applying

    Application fee- $140 (via credit card only)

    Supporting documents-

    • Degree equivalent to a US bachelor’s degree
    • Official transcripts of university/college
    • TOEFL scores of at least 90 in iBT or 570 in PBT (tests administered only by Educational Testing Service)
    • IELTS score of a minimum of 7.0 on a 9.0 scale
    • Minimum of 3.0 GPA on 4.0 scale
    • Oral English Language Proficiency requirement for GSI Appointments
    • GMAT, GRE Subject Test, GRE General, or MCAT scores
    • Three letters of recommendation

    Below is a list of popular programs available at UC Berkeley following with requirements:

    Requirements Bioengineering (M.Eng) Computer Science (MS) MBA Full Time Civil and Environmental Engineering (MS) Design (M.Des)
    Application Online Online Berkeley Haas Application UC Berkeley Graduate Application UC Berkeley Graduate Admissions
    Application fee $110 $140 $200 $140 $125
    Deadline January 6, 2021 Now Closed January 14, 2021/ April 5, 2021 Now Closed Now Closed
    Transcripts Unofficial Required Unofficial Required Official Required Unofficial Required Official Required
    GRE/ GMAT Not Required Not Required Required either Not Required GRE Required
    Letters of Recommendation Three required Three required Two required (one from current supervisor) Three required Three required (two academic letters)
    Essays Not Required Not Required Required Not Required Required
    Statement of Purpose Not Required Required Not Required Not Required Required
    Personal History Statement Not Required Required Not Required Not Required Required
    CV/Resume Not Required Required Resume required Not Required Not Required
    Interview Not Required Not Required Required (if accepted) Not Required Not Required

    Students can start the application three months before applying. After applying, students can print out their application for application ID and reference. Students can update their applications with their personal information and even their academic records. Multiple schools can also be applied for admission (except Berkeley). Each UC campus will respond to the application by March 31.

    FAQs

    Ques. Are International Students required to submit a financial certificate or affidavits when applying for admission?

    Ans. No. Financial certification is not required to apply for admission. Once an international student accepts UC Berkeley’s offer of admission, the Berkeley International Office will work with the student to collect financial certifications and all other documents required for the student visa.

    Ques. My credit card payment was rejected. What can I do?

    Ans. Make sure the information you enter in the payment page matches the information on the credit card exactly(name, address, security code). You can also try to use another credit card. In cases where your card is rejected, your bank may place a temporary hold on your funds. We cannot release the hold. If the hold stays on your account for more than 5 days, you will need to contact your bank.

    Ques. What is the P/NP Grading Policy adopted by UCB?

    Ans. ThePassed/Not Passed (P/NP) grading option was designed to encourage students to explore new academic areas or take challenging, far-ranging courses without undue concern about grades. Passed grades require a level of performance at least equal to a letter grade ofC-. Neither P nor NP grades affect the UC grade point average.

    Ques. My grades were impacted by COVID-19 or changed to a P/NP grading policy. How will the Graduate Division review these grades?

    Ans. UC Berkeley evaluates applicants for admission to its graduate and professional schools by considering an applicant’s combination of personal accomplishments, letters of recommendation, personal statements, academic record, and test scores in making our admissions decisions. Such a review will take into account the significant disruptions of COVID-19 when reviewing students’ transcripts and other admissions materials from Spring 2020.

    Ques.What is the online learning experience like for international students?

    Ans. Designed to be accessible from anywhere in the world, the online learning experience is the same for all students in our online programs. The School of Information is UC Berkeley's newest professional online school.

    Ques. Is the Master of Information and Data Science program delivered on campus as well as online?

    Ans. The MIDS program is offered exclusively online, but students will be required to attend a three-to-four day in-person immersion at UC Berkeley prior to completing their degree.

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