Prospective Students - Graduates

Meet a live octopus!

April 20, 2018

Scientists from the Department of Integrative Biology obtained special permits to display kelp forest sea creatures in the Valley Life Sciences Building for Cal Day. Among the animals to be seen, there's an octopus and hundreds of its eggs! Watch the video.

Cal Museums: The Public, the Cryptic, the Pioneering

April 20, 2018
You may be aware that UC Berkeley has an impressive number of libraries (32 to be exact), but did you know that there are 12 museums/collections associated with the university as well? Many of these museums have curators who are also faculty in the College of Letters & Science, and many of our students end up working or volunteering with these collections. Cal Day is tomorrow (April 21), so in preparation, let’s take a look at what some of these hidden gems have to offer!

Calaveras Dam fossil trove gives researchers greatest local find in decades

April 18, 2018

"UC Berkeley researchers are using an exceptional stash of fossils found during the construction of a new East Bay dam to piece together a picture of what the Bay Area may have looked like some 15-20 million years ago." Read more...

'Deep Look' into Leeches

April 13, 2018
The leech is making a comeback -- in science and medicine.

UC Berkeley rated world's top public and fourth-best overall by U.S. News

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