Berkeley releases 2017-18 admissions data

July 6, 2017

UC Berkeley has offered admission to more than 15,500 freshmen for the fall 2017 academic year, according to data released by the campus in conjunction with the university.

The admitted students were chosen from a pool of more than 85,000 students — an 18.3 percent acceptance rate for incoming freshmen, up from last year’s 17.5 percent freshmen admission rate.

UC Berkeley continues to have the lowest rate of transfer student admission at 27.9 percent, up one percent from 2016. UCLA has the second lowest rate of transfer admission at 28.1 percent. The acceptance rates then jump into the 50s and 60s for the seven remaining UC campuses.

First-generation college students — students whose parents did not attend college — represent a slightly larger share of UC Berkeley’s 2017-18 class, increasing from about 1,600 to about 1,900.

The number of unrepresented minorities — students who identify as American Indian, African American and Chicanx/Latinx — also increased incrementally. 343 more students from these groups were offered admission this year compared to the last, for a total of 2,881 offers.

The 2017 freshman class is made up of students from all 50 U.S. states, 49 of California’s 58 counties and 74 countries.

In its freshman admissions, UC Berkeley admitted 0.4 percent fewer California residents this year as compared to last year — 9,715 students — while admission for out-of-state students jumped 28 percent to 4,490 students.

In May, the UC Board of Regents approved a systemwide out-of-state student enrollment cap. Beginning in fall 2018, all UC campuses will be capped at enrolling 18 percent nonresidents — unless a campus’s 2017-18 student-body composition of out-of-state students exceeds 18 percent. At those campuses, including UC Berkeley, nonresident enrollment will be capped at the level of nonresident enrollment for 2017-18.

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Audrey McNamara is the executive news editor. Contact her at and follow her on Twitter at @McNamaraAud.

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