Berkeley Freshman Admission EECS vs. L&S CS

This is a comprehensive analysis on the pros and cons of declaring EECS vs. CS in L&S when you apply to Berkeley as a freshman applicant. The latest set of available data was from 2014-2015, but you can make an educated guess of future trends based on the information. It is long, but worth the read if you are deciding between the two majors.

UC Berkeley Data: Freshman Admissions for the EECS and L&S CS Majors (July 25, 2015)

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Jeff Cunanreply
February 22, 2017 at 12:42 pm

Is there a source for admit rates major by major and/or college by college at Berkeley?

Ms. Sunreply
February 22, 2017 at 8:01 pm
– In reply to: Jeff Cunan

Not for freshman admission (nothing published publicly anyway); although, according to the report, you may be able to find that information by asking a current Berkeley student to check Cal Answers. For transfer admission, you can find that information using the Transfers by Major data table at the UC Information Center.

February 25, 2017 at 7:23 pm

I am an American attending senior year high school in a foreign country. If so far I have not received a request for submitting recommendation letters to Berkeley, does that imply I may not qualified for admission?

Ms. Sunreply
February 26, 2017 at 12:33 pm
– In reply to: jim

Berkeley only requests recommendation letters from a very small pool of applicants. I wouldn’t worry about not getting a request (majority of the applicants wouldn’t have received a request).

March 25, 2017 at 8:14 pm

I found this in the Berkeley Freshman FAQs for EECS: “A minimum of two years of laboratory science is required for admission. We strongly recommend completing physics even if the minimum has been completed.”

Does this mean I should have had two years of physics already completed? I’ve completed AP Physics 1 and will complete AP Physics C by the time I graduate.

Ms. Sunreply
March 25, 2017 at 9:33 pm
– In reply to: Emma

What you have should be fine. Essentially Berkeley is saying that a student who already took Biology and Chemistry (met the two-year minimum requirement) should still take Physics (above the minimum). I assume you took Biology and/or Chemistry already and the two years of Physics should give you an advantage.

March 25, 2017 at 10:03 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

Yes, I have also taken non-AP bio and chemistry and AP Chemistry. Thank you so much for your quick reply! I was really concerned about this 🙂

Ms. Sunreply
March 25, 2017 at 10:11 pm
– In reply to: Emma

You are totally fine, I couldn’t have asked for a better lab science lineup from an EECS applicant 🙂

May 22, 2017 at 8:29 pm

Hi so I will be a freshmen next year at the college of chemistry. Can you discuss the possibilities of getting into 61A my first semester while in the college of chemistry? Also, if I decide to transfer out into L&S for my second semester, would it still be feasible to declare the CS major and graduate on time?


Ms. Sunreply
May 22, 2017 at 8:40 pm
– In reply to: Derek

You will have much better luck discussing this with your academic advisor. I remember Berkeley requiring students to stay in their college for one year before switching to another college; I don’t know if that is still the case (check with your academic advisor).

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