How do I apply?
To apply to Berkeley, you will first need to use UC Application portal. Once you have filled in some preliminary information, you will be able to log into the My Application Portion (MAP@Berkeley), a system unique to the University of California system, to complete your application.
Berkeley does not require you to submit letters of recommendation, but you may do so if you believe will have a positive effect on your application. One letter should be from a teacher. You must complete all tests: ACT/SAT/SAT Subject tests, on or before the December test date. Subject tests are not required for most areas but can be beneficial to your application. Subject tests are recommended for “the College of Engineering and College of Chemistry, including Math Level 2 and a science test (Biology E/M, Chemistry, or Physics) closely related to the your intended major. Include the scores in your application. UC uses the highest scores from a single test administration”. (https://admissions.berkeley.edu/freshmen-requirements)
The University requires you to answer 4 out of a list of 8 “Personal Insight Questions” (350 words each). See http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/how-to-apply/personal-questions/freshman/index.html for more information. You must submit all your materials between November 1st-30th.
When do you have to start preparing for Berkeley University
Taking into account the numerous specific requirements for American universities like taking exams; consistently participating in extra-curricular activities including clubs, music, sports, and side projects; and the numerous essays to write, we recommend that students begin start to think about their path to Stanford as soon as they begin high school. The application itself is typically completed during the fall semester of students’ last year in high school.