Get ready to apply to Berkeley Engineering
Getting ready to apply for colleges begins well before your senior year of high school. College applications take into consideration the courses you’ve taken, your grades, test scores and extracurricular activities. Below are the important components of the application for UC Berkeley and some outside of the classroom experiences that will help you be more prepared for the rigors of Berkeley Engineering.
Prepare for and take (by December of senior year):
- SAT with Essay or ACT with Writing (one of the two is required)
- SAT Math Subject 2 exam (recommended for engineering)
Write compelling responses to the UC Personal Insight Questions for freshman. Students will choose 4 of the 8 questions to respond to. Each response is limited to a maximum of 350 words. All are given equal consideration in the application review process, which means there is no advantage or disadvantage to choosing certain questions over others.
- Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time.
- Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side.
- What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?
- Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.
- Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome this challenge. How has this challenge affected your academic achievement?
- Describe your favorite academic subject and explain how it has influenced you.
- What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
- What is the one thing that you think sets you apart from other candidates applying to the University of California?
The following websites include resources that will help you learn which engineering major will be the best fit for you:
Below are suggestions of how you can increase your understanding of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). You will want to get join math, science, computer science or robotics clubs as well as learn other opportunities.
Explore Bay Area K-12 STEM opportunities through:
Attend programs held annually at Cal such as:
- Girls in Engineering Program at Cal
- Engineering-focused session of the National Student Leadership Conference
- Upward Bound Math Science Program or Talent Search Program
- United InnoWorks Academy
- Engineering-focused session of the National Youth Leadership Forum
- Attend the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS) held on 4 UC campuses
There are many ways to explore Berkeley Engineering. Below are some of the best ways to first get acquainted.
- “Like” Berkeley Engineering on Facebook
- Follow the college on Twitter
- Learn more about Berkeley Engineering on YouTube
- Participate in the 300+ workshops, presentations, demonstrations, or lab tours at Cal Day, our annual open house held each April
- Attend engineering related programs hosted by Science@Cal
Complete the FAFSA
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 2 of your senior year (annually $400 million in financial aid goes unclaimed in California and $3 billion in federal financial aid goes unclaimed, according to theconversation.com in March 2015). Students who are not eligible to file a FAFSA and who qualify for the AB 540 Nonresident Supplemental Tuition exemption should apply for aid by completing the California Dream Act Application by March 2.