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Enrollment History Since 1869

This chart and table show total enrollment at the University of California, Berkeley, by student level and gender, since the university's first entering class in 1869. The periods during and immediately after both world wars saw significant fluctuations in enrollment. A general upward trend followed adoption of the California Master Plan for Higher Education in the early 1960s, with recent years seeing an even steeper increase in enrollment.




Download this data here (Last updated on Oct. 3, 2018)
Sources & Methodology:
  • Data for years prior to 1965 comes from The Centennial Record of the University of California, 1868-1968, with a few minor corrections. From 1965 through 1982, we've used internal files maintained by UC Berkeley's former Office of Student Research. From 1983 to the present, we've used data from UC Berkeley's data warehouse reporting system, Cal Answers. Prior to 1965, these are unduplicated academic year headcounts, so anyone enrolled at any point during the year is counted as one. Since then, these values represent the official student census count for the Fall quarter (1966-1982) or Fall semester (1965, 1983-present).
Notes on Other Available Data:
  • Another source for similar data is the UC Information Center, which compiles data from all UC campuses. When viewing historical enrollment data there, you may notice occasional small differences in counts by gender, which are due to data collection timing. Note also that the Info Center often reports Optometry Residents in a separate "Health Science" category, rather than combined with other graduate students.
  • The National Center for Education Statistics (often referred to as "IPEDS," the name of their primary data collection program for postsecondary institutions) also publishes data similar to this. Because they completely exclude our Optometry Residents, their counts of graduate students will be lower than we report here on campus. In addition, federal reporting requirements currently do not allow "Decline to State" as a gender value; these are defaulted to "Male" instead.