Prospective Students - Graduates

L&S Facts at a Glance

Student Body

Spring 2019

Total: 24,162 student
Undergraduate students: 21,665
Graduate students: 2,497

Undergraduate Profile
Gender: 56% female, 44% male
Residency: California residents: 74%; non-residents: 14%; international: 12%

Undergraduate Student Ethnic Breakdown

College Letters Science Graduate Fellowships

Divisions of Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities

Graduate Fellowships 2019-20

Graduate Student In Regalia Walking Past Tree to Commencement

Arts & Humanities Graduate Diversity Office

AlbertoWelcome to the Outreach and Diversity Office of the Arts & Humanities Division in the College of Letters & Science at the University of California, Berkeley. If you are a prospective or continuing diversity student interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in any of the Arts & Humanities departments at Berkeley or beyond, this office is set up to meet your needs.

Graduate Programs

For a regularly updated list of graduate programs along with their application deadlines, please visit the Berkeley Graduate Division website.

Gut bacteria’s shocking secret: They produce electricity

September 12, 2018

"While bacteria that produce electricity have been found in exotic environments like mines and the bottoms of lakes, scientists have missed a source closer to home: the human gut." Read more...

UC Berkeley leads new assessment of Bay Area climate impacts

August 27, 2018

California today issued its latest assessment of the many challenges the state faces from climate change — including wildfires like those still raging throughout the state – and highlighted for the first time the regional impacts with nine deep-dive reports spearheaded by University of California scientists. Read more...

Only at Cal: New class teaches undergrads how to ‘CRISPR’

August 21, 2018

For three weeks in July and August, 30 undergraduates took a summer course to learn how to use the revolutionary gene-editing technology in preparation for jumping into the research lab while still students. Read more...

Why we itch, and why it’s so hard to stop

August 1, 2018

Diana Bautista, an associate professor of Molecular & Cell Biology, at the University of California, Berkeley, says that in the last decade, our understanding of acute itch has skyrocketed. Read more...

Flies meet gruesome end under influence of puppeteer fungus

July 31, 2018

"In their death throes, the infected flies – like puppets on a string – obligingly climb to a high point and spread their wings, exposing their abdomen and allowing the fungus to shoot its spores as widely as possible to infect new flies." Read more...

3 weeks on the road with 5 lbs of luggage

June 28, 2018

I just got back from three weeks of travel (three conferences and a week of cycling). I carried less than 5lbs of luggage. This includes my pack, clothes, rain gear, toiletries, first-aid kit, flashlight, house keys, a water bottle, emergency tools, and a 10.5” iPad Pro and Apple Pencil — everything but the clothes on my back.¹ Almost half the weight was the iPad.