Current Students - Undergraduates

First-year DeAndra McDaniel on joining track: ‘We’re going to shoot to the moon’

August 23, 2019

First-year student DeAndra McDaniel, 18, is from Selma, California, and plans on studying psychology and sociology. “I chose Berkeley because I felt like it was the most well-rounded for academics and sports... We’re stacked with amazing people, really intelligent people, all hard-working, all with a really positive attitude."

With There There, an intellectual connection across campus

August 23, 2019

Tommy Orange, an Oakland native and author of the acclaimed novel There There, will speak in Berkeley Monday, August 26. The work, which centers around the Native American experience in the Bay Area, was selected by a faculty committee and a team of student reviewers for this year's On the Same Page Program, which attempts to unite all incoming Freshmen by providing them with a copy of the same written work to read over the summer.

Carol Christ to new students: ‘Shape Berkeley, even as it shapes you’

August 21, 2019

Chancellor Carol Christ welcomed the classes of 2021 and 2023 to UC Berkeley during the convocation ceremony in California Memorial Stadium.

Newest admits are whip-smart and speak more than 20 languages

July 22, 2019

A total of 14,668 high school students have been offered freshman admission to the University of California, Berkeley, for the 2019-2020 admitted class, 8% more than the 13,561 admitted last year. In addition, 4,882 transfer students were admitted for the coming school year, up from 4,504 last year.

Academic Enrichment Programs & Courses


Athena Trakadas, a URAP Summer Stipend recipient, at an excavation site in Greece with her faculty mentor, Professor Stephen Miller.

Undergraduate Research Program

Berkeley is unique for its commitment to including undergraduate students in research enterprises, as evidenced by the fact that more undergraduates at Berkeley go on to earn Ph.D.’s than at any other college or university. The Office of Undergraduate Research helps students map out a strategy, connect with faculty and mentors, and obtain funding opportunities to support their research.

Research Programs

In general, there are two ways in which undergraduates get involved in research projects at UC Berkeley:

From farming in rural Ethiopia to graduating from UC Berkeley

May 21, 2019

Growing up in rural Ethiopia, Lelisa Bera knew that getting an education wasn’t a given. It was a privilege that many parents couldn’t afford to give their children. But now he will graduate on Wednesday, May 22, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. And without a teacher who gently encouraged him to think bigger, he might never have made it to where he is today.

Triple major Pouya Amin is one step closer to becoming a medical scientist

May 15, 2019

Pouya Amin, a triple major, will be graduating in May with degrees in molecular and cell biology — immunology and pathogenesis; nutritional sciences — physiology and metabolism; and psychology.

Beatriz Hernandez: ‘I want to be the one to tell a story that I can relate to’

May 15, 2019

Beatriz Hernandez, who will graduate with a degree in media studies this May, says she’s at her most truthful and vulnerable when she’s performing for an audience. She has worked for Cal Performances as an assistant front of house manager for the past three semesters.