If you belong to the "disadvantaged" group, you'll get in easily.
If you're a prospective engineering major who just happens to be Asian and you attend a super competitive school in a rich city, TOUGH LUCK... but once you arrive, you'll belong to the smartest group of people that really makes Berkeley shine.
If you're of "disadvantaged" race, you live in a low-class city, you're HS's average SAT is a strong 800, 1% of your class go to college (mostly community college or state colleges, etc...), and you took that ONE AP class in your junior year and got that GOOOOOD 3 while working full-time + overtime and taking care of your 13 siblings and your sick mother/father. Your GPA just happens to be a 4.99 (reference: ur classmate who got a 4.98 went to a community college. ur sister who got a 4.97 even got rejected from a local community colllege and therefore is working as a full-time babysister). CONGRATULATIONS! YOU'RE AUTOMATICALLY ADMITTED TO CAL! WELCOME TO THE BOTTOM 30%!!! yay!!!
You're a hard-working son/daughter of a doctor+lawyer parents living in a respectable $6.8million house in an upper class neighborhood. ur HS's average SAT is 1410, and you got a 4.2 GPA after taking 12 APs, on which you received 10 5's and 2 4's. O yeah, ur Asian and u got a 1540 onthe SAT.
YOU'LL GET INTO BERKELEY, BUT ONLY AFTER BERKELEY ACCEPTS THAT "underpriviledged/HISToRicalLY DiSaDvanTAGed group" but once you get in, you'll be in the top 4%.
and the final result comes out to be...
11% acceptance rate for the ultimate asian major: EECS (electrical engineering and computer science)
13% acceptance rate for undeclared-engineering
overall 15% acceptance rate for engineering.
and easy% acceptance rate for anti-asian arts/humanities majors.