What’s in a freshman class? Data give insight

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The numbers are here, and it is clear — UC Berkeley’s 2018 class is a smart one.

In March, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions released data on the incoming class of 2018. 17.4% of applicants were admitted, although the admit rate for California applicants was higher at 18.9%.

Translation: You are pretty cool. UC Berkeley is one of the toughest schools to gain admittance in the country, and it’s not getting any easier — the overall acceptance rate dropped almost three percentage points from 2013 to 2014.

According to the data, the average unweighted GPA for incoming freshmen is 3.90.

While your test scores were an important factor in your admission, it was not the only thing that got you into Berkeley. The campus conducts a holistic review of each applicant in order to find out if you should be a golden bear. This means they looked at your prep work, your leadership, among other evidence of achievement.

In the words of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, they “literally hug your application.”