Prospective Students - Graduates

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October 24, 2017
UC Berkeley retains its standing as the world’s No. 1 public and fourth-best university overall in U.S. News & World Report’s latest global rankings.

L&S Facts at a Glance

Student Body 

Spring 2016

Total: 22,293 students
Undergraduate students: 19,734
Graduate students: 2,559

Undergraduate Profile
Gender: 56% female, 44% male
Residency: California residents: 69%, international: 12.9%

Undergraduate Student Ethnic Breakdown

Awards and Honors

Major Awards

The faculty of the College of Letters & Science includes:

  • 16 of the 23 Nobel Prizes on the campus, including 7 current faculty members

  • 3 of 4 Pulitzer Prizes

  • 16 MacArthur Fellowships

  • 3 Shaw Prize winners

  • 77 percent of campus Guggenheim fellowships, 2013 to 2015

  • 62 percent of campus members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2014 to 2015

  • 68 members of the National Academy of Sciences

Summer Research Opportunities in NSF-SBES Schools

Many of the schools participating in the NSF-SBES alliance offer summer research opportunities for undergraduates. Taking advantage of such programs can make you a more attractive candidate for graduate school. Use the links below to explore these programs and obtain more information.

University of California, Berkeley
Summer Research Opportunity Program

Graduate Diversity Director: Ira Young

Improving Your Chances for Admission

  • Contact professors with whom you'd like to work. Show that you have knowledge of their work, and express your own interest along those lines.

  • Contact the graduate diversity coordinator. Introduce yourself by giving a personal and academic account of who you are and why you'd like to pursue graduate school.

Arts & Humanities: Alberto Ledesma

Graduate Diversity Offices and Coordinators


The graduate diversity coordinators work with all graduate students to assist them with a wide range of issues as they work to complete their graduate degree and reach their academic and career goals. If you need help at any stage of your graduate career, contact the coordinator in your division:

Graduate Diversity Offices & Coordinators:

Arts & HumanitiesAlberto Ledesma

Graduate Program Rankings

Berkeley and L&S Graduate Programs Ranked at the Top

Berkeley’s graduate programs have been consistently ranked at or near the top in the nation for their academic excellence. According to the last study of American universities conducted by the National Research Council, UC Berkeley ranks first in the number of graduate programs (48) considered to be among the top 10 in their fieldsOf these, 22 programs were in the College of Letters & Science. See NRC rankings.

A Liberal Arts Education

Students in classWhy Study the Liberal Arts?

Competition in the marketplace often leads us to question the value of studies that don’t offer a direct track to employment. But a broad-based liberal arts education does more than prepare you for a job. It lays the foundation for a future career while also preparing you to compete in the marketplace of ideas.

Research at L&S

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