UC Berkeley College of Engineering

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Coordinates: 37°52′25.78″N 122°15′32.57″W / 37.8738278°N 122.2590472°W / 37.8738278; -122.2590472

University of California, Berkeley College of Engineering
Established 1931
Type Public Professional School
Parent institution
University of California, Berkeley
Dean S. Shankar Sastry
Academic staff
228 [1]
Undergraduates 3,156 [1]
Postgraduates 1,845 [1]
Location Berkeley, California, U.S.
Website engineering.berkeley.edu
File:UC Berkeley College of Engineering.jpg
McLaughlin Hall, College of Engineering administration building.

The College of Engineering (CoE) is one of 14 schools and colleges at the University of California, Berkeley. Ranked third in the world, after the engineering programs at MIT and Stanford, according to U.S. News & World Report, it is considered among the most prestigious engineering schools in the world. The college was established in 1931 from a merger of the Colleges of Mechanics and the College of Civil Engineering. The College of Mining was integrated into the college in 1942. The college is currently situated in 11 buildings on the northeast side of the central campus, and also operates at the 150 acre (61 ha) Richmond Field Station. There are over 57,000 living graduates of the College of Engineering, living in all 50 states and nearly 100 countries, with the majority living in California.[1]


The College of Letters and Science also offers a Bachelor of Arts in computer science, which requires many of the same courses as the College of Engineering's Bachelor of Science in EECS, but has different admissions and graduation criteria. Berkeley's chemical engineering department is under the College of Chemistry.


There are approximately 3,200 undergraduates in the College of Engineering, representing all departments. Undergraduate admissions to the College of Engineering is the most selective in the university as a whole. For the 2015-2016 application cycle, the acceptance rate has continued to stay at a low 8.9%, largely a result of increased nonresident interest.[1] The campus as a whole had a 16.9% acceptance rate that year.[2] Applicants apply directly to one of the departments and enter as declared majors within their department. It is also possible to apply as Engineering Undeclared and enter the college; major declaration is required at the end of freshman year. Once within the college, it is possible to change majors with the approval of Engineering Student Services. It is extremely difficult for undergraduates in other colleges at UC Berkeley to change college into Engineering, as they can only be admitted if a current engineering undergraduate drops.[3] The College of Engineering accepts junior transfer applications for those who have completed at least 60 semester units at another college or university. Preference is given to students at California Community Colleges. Only 9.2% of the over 2,300 junior transfer applicants were admitted for the 2015-16 academic year.[4] Dean Shankar Sastry has stated that the disparity between the college's and the university's acceptance rates is due to the university's failure to respond to the rise in demand for engineering degrees.[5]

85% of undergraduates admitted to the college graduate from the college, and 91% graduate from some college at UC Berkeley.[6] The college has a 4-year graduation policy, with extra semesters approved only in certain cases. Engineering Student Services provides academic advising, peer tutoring, and career services to engineering students. Various student organizations are run in conjunction with the college, including Pioneers in Engineering, Hackers @ Berkeley, Berkeley Engineers and Mentors, and the Open Computing Facility. Many students belong to the student chapters of their corresponding professional organizations (e.g. the American Nuclear Society, American Society of Civil Engineers, or Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers).[7]

Graduate admissions in the College of Engineering is administered by department. In Fall 2015, there were 492.5 master's and 1,337 doctorate students in the college.[8]

The college's enrollment is approximately 26% women.[1] Although the proportion of women has increased over time, issues of gender disparity in the college remain. According to a 2011 survey, female engineers reported a high number of instances of passive harassment, discrimination, and judgment.[9] The college's administration has taken steps to prevent this sexism.[10] The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is one of the student groups representing women in the college.

Research units

All research facilities are managed by one of five Organized Research Units (ORUs):

  • Earthquake Engineering Research Center - research and public safety programs against the destructive effects of earthquakes
  • Electronics Research Laboratory - the largest ORU; advanced research in novel areas within seven different university departments, organized into five main divisions:
    1. Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center
    2. Berkeley Wireless Research Center
    3. Gigascale Research Center - performs long-range research addressing the growing design productivity gap
    4. Berkeley Northside Research Group
    5. Micro Systems Group
  • Engineering Systems Research Center - focuses on manufacturing, mechatronics, and microelectro mechanical systems (MEMS)
  • Institute for Environmental Science and Engineering - focuses on applying basic research to current and future environmental problems
  • Institute of Transportation Studies - sponsors research in transportation planning, policy analysis, environmental concerns and transportation system performance

Major research centers and programs

Notable projects

Student organizations

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 UC Berkeley College of Engineering. "College Facts". University of California, Berkeley. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  2. "UC Berkeley freshman admission profile". University of California, Berkeley. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  3. UC Berkeley College of Engineering. "Change of College (into COE)". University of California, Berkeley. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  4. UC Berkeley College of Engineering. "Prospective Transfer FAQ". University of California, Berkeley. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  5. Shahani, Aarti (19 July 2013). "University of California Not Producing Enough Engineers, Cal Dean Charges". KQED. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  6. UC Berkeley College of Engineering. "Prospective Freshmen FAQ". University of California, Berkeley. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  7. UC Berkeley College of Engineering. "Engineering Student Organizations & Competition Teams". University of California, Berkeley. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  8. UC Berkeley Graduate Division. "Berkeley Graduate Profile". University of California, Berkeley. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  9. Afzal, Afsana (13 November 2012). "Female students still struggle to find foothold in engineering, computer science". The Daily Californian. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  10. Vincent, Betsy (7 November 2011). "Campus works to improve atmosphere for women in College of Engineering". The Daily Californian. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  11. "Index | Berkeley Institute of Design". bid.berkeley.edu. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  12. http://coe.berkeley.edu/students/current-undergraduates/student-involvement/engineering-student-societies.html#academic
  13. "oSTEM @ UC Berkeley". berkeley.ostem.org. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  14. "UC Berkeley @ Design for America". designforamerica.com. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  15. ml.berkeley.edu

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