Undergraduate Admissions



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We are pleased that you are considering joining our community. Applications to the College of Environmental Design are made through UC Berkeley’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Applications are available beginning August 1, and may be submitted beginning November 1. The final deadline to submit your application is November 30. Other important deadlines are available here.

The CED Office of Undergraduate Advising and the CED Admissions Ambassadors hold virtual and in-person information sessions throughout the year for prospective students. Meet undergraduate advisers and current students; learn more about the college, majors, and admissions criteria; and get tips on maximizing your chances for admission. See the CED events calendar for session dates and to reserve your place.

Prospective students are also encouraged to attend Cal Day, UC Berkeley’s open house held each year in mid-April.

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Admissions Requirements

All prospective students must meet the minimum eligibility requirements defined by the University of California. Transfer students must also complete all of the College of Environmental Design's lower-division requirements to be eligible for consideration.

Freshman Applicants

Please read about our admissions requirements for freshmen on the UC Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Admissions website. This includes international applicants.

Sosseh Taimoorian

Urban studies is the perfect combination of my love for people, justice, and life. CED has taught me to be a global citizen and view the world through an interdisciplinary lens.

Sosseh Taimoorian, Urban Studies Major, Global Poverty & Practice Minor

Transfer Applicants

Transfer students are admitted at the junior level only (90 quarter units or 60 semester units of transferable college credit) and must have completed all general education requirements and all lower-division major requirements. Our Transfer Applicants section provides detailed information about these requirements. International transfer applicants should consult the UC Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Admissions website for additional information.

The UC Berkeley Transfer Re-entry & Student Parent Center offers resources and information to help you with the application process.

Justin Panganiban

Landscape architecture combines my interests in design, ecology, habitat preservation, history, and social studies. My degree has prepared me for a variety of career fields.

Justin Panganiban, Landscape Architecture Major, City and Regional Planning Minor

International Students

Information for international applicants is available at the following websites:

In architecture you have the opportunity to create! I've developed skills that open up a new world of awareness, allowing me to imagine how designers collaborate to address the challenges of the 21st century.

Carmen Taylor, Architecture Major, Berkeley Sustainability Team

Change-of-College Applicants (Current UC Berkeley Students)

If you are a current UC Berkeley student interested in applying to change colleges into CED, start by reviewing the change-of-college application for your intended major, available at Undergraduate Advising — Forms + Documents.