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Student Headcount by Major and Demographics

Download this data here (Last updated on March 13, 2019)
Sources & Methodology:
  • Data comes from UC Berkeley's data warehouse reporting system, Cal Answers. Headcount figures are based on the fall and spring census snapshots, which occur at the end of the 5th week of the term.
  • Students who do not provide information about their gender are assigned a value of "Decline to State." For more information about this data element, please see the Cal Answers data dictionary.
  • The "Underrepresented Minority" ethnicity category includes students who self-identify as African-American, Chicanx/Latinx, or Native American/Alaska Native. The "Asian/Pacific Islander" ethnicity category includes students who self-identify as either Asian or Pacific Islander. The "International" category includes non-US citizens/non-permanent residents; these students are not counted under specific ethnicities in accordance with federal reporting requirements. The "White/Other" ethnicity category includes students who self-identify as White or do not provide information. Prior to 2011, students could also choose an "Other" ethnic category.
  • An ethnicity value of "International" indicates demographic residency in accordance with federal reporting guidelines, which specify that international students not be included in counts by particular ethnic categories.
  • L&S Administered Programs: In addition to the major programs administered through L&S's five divisions, Letters & Science has agreements with several professional schools and colleges on campus for the following non-divisional undergraduate major programs: Chemistry; Computer Science; Environmental Economics and Policy; Legal Studies; Operations Research & Management Science; Public Health; and Social Welfare.
  • All visiting students are reported under the "Other EVCP Programs" unit.
  • Graduate Division: Berkeley offers doctoral students the opportunity to create an interdisciplinary major of their own design; this major is reported under the "Graduate Division" unit.
Notes on Other Available Data:
  • Another source for similar data is the UC Information Center Fall enrollment headcounts dashboard, which compiles data from all UC campuses. The UCOP figures represent the fall term only, and may differ slightly from the fall figures shown here because the data flowing into UC Berkeley's data warehouse undergoes slightly different transformation processes than the data process that produces the official census file that is submitted to UCOP. The difference is more pronounced in Fall 2016 (due to bugs related to the impelementation of a new student information system), in which errors in the census file were subsequently corrected at Berkeley but not at UCOP.
  • The National Center for Education Statistics (often referred to by the name of their primary data collection program for postsecondary institutions, "IPEDS") 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.