Excellence in Research

Student Excellence

PhD Program Ranking

UC Berkeley attracts some of the best graduate students in the world.   48 out of the university's 52 Ph.D. programs are ranked in the top 10 (the most in the nation)43 Ph.D. programs ranked in the top 5, and 16 Ph.D. programs are ranked #1.   

UC Berkeley's 52 Ph.D. Programs

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Our rankings are based on the most recent analysis by the National Research Council (NRC)  involving 20 criteria from more than 5,000 programs at 212 institutions. For more information see this rankings graphic and news coverage.


Graduate Fellowships

NSF Fellowships 2004 - 2013

NSF Fellowships 2004 - 2013

Between 2004 and 2013, 1298 National Science Foundation graduate research fellowships were awarded to graduate students at UC Berkeley, more than any other university. (MIT 2nd; Stanford 3rd; Harvard 4th). UC Berkeley solidified this lead in 2011/2012.


Fulbright Program in 2016

UC Berkeley is consistently recognized as a top producer of successful Fulbright Program applicants. In 2016, 14 Berkeley students were awarded Fulbright fellowships.

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships cumulative from 1986 - 2014

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships cumulative from 1986 - 2014


Graduate alumni accomplishments

Berkeley's graduate alumni include 20 Nobel Prize winners, 39 MacArthur Fellow, and 30 National Medal of Science recipients.

Nobel Prize WinnerMacArthur FellowNational Medal of Science Recipients


Graduate Student Enrollment

In 2016, UC Berkeley welcomed roughly 3,607 new graduate students from nearly 40,000 applicants.

2,737     master’s and professional students

870        doctoral students

46%      women

12%      underrepresented minorities


Undergraduate Student Enrollment

In 2017, UC Berkeley welcomed roughly 17,876 new undergraduate students.  

Average weighted GPA for undergraduate students is 4.44






First-generation College Students

17% of undergraduate students are first-generation college students








UC Berkeley undergraduate students have an average weighted high school GPA of 4.44, and 17% are from families in which neither parent has a four-year college degree.