UC Berkeley Freshman Admission Policy Changes

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

In April 2015, UC Berkeley adopted a new freshman admission policy.  Starting in fall 2015, some applicants to UC Berkeley will be invited to submit two letters of recommendation.  This will be optional and not required.

Furthering UC Berkeley's belief in the value of holistic review, Undergraduate Admissions asks that those who write letters consider the following concepts when asked to add a letter to the application process:

  • Academic performance and potential (both overall and in the context of the class)
  • Love of learning
  • Leadership (in school, family, or community)
  • Persistence in the face of challenges
  • Cross-cultural engagement
  • Originality/Creativity
  • Demonstrated concern for others

Learn more about the new policy and get helpful tools for students and letter writers from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.