Selecting Your College

When you apply to UC Berkeley as an undergraduate either as a Freshman or Transfer student, you will be required to select a college in which to enroll, and you may also indicate a major at that time. 

Freshmen Applicants

For Freshmen student applicants, if more time is needed to decide which of our nine majors is best for you, you may also select the College of Natural Resources' undeclared option.  The College of Natural Resources offers the following majors:

The benefit of applying directly to one of our majors is that once you are admitted and have accepted your offer of admission, you will start your first semester under the department you wish to graduate in. Declaring your major will not give you any special advantage in terms of admissions.  All students who apply to UC Berkeley and select a major within the College of Natural Resources are evaluated based on their application, not on the particular major they select.

You can change majors within the College of Natural Resources relatively easily after you complete your first semester. Changing to a major outside of CNR takes a bit more work, since the various colleges and majors have different requirements.  

Transfer Applicants

Transfer students are required to apply directly to the College of Natural Resources and their major of interest. This is because the pre-requisite courses have will have to be completed or nearly completed by the time of application submission. More information on what this process looks like can be found here

International Applicants

International students can refer to the Berkeley Admissions website for International Applicants for more detailed information about the application process and requirements.  The Berkeley International Office and UC Education Abroad Program may also provide additional useful information about opportunities available.

Want a Student's Perspective?

Connect with a CNR Peer Advisor who offer personal viewpoints and experiences to current and prospective CNR students to ease the transition to UC Berkeley, provide a support network for the undergraduate experience, and promote the many opportunities available at CNR to help create the most fulfilling undergraduate experiences possible for others.

You can review more information about CNR's PAL Program here or contact them via email with specific questions.

Admissions Information

Undergraduate admission is directed by Cal's Office of Undergraduate Admissions based on campus-wide admission criteria. The College of Natural Resources itself does not review the files for freshmen admission.

For the best guidance on Berkeley Admissions, please review the following information carefully:

Graduate Admissions

Graduate students must apply to a specific academic department within the College of Natural Resources. Read about the graduate programs based at CNR, and go to UC Berkeley's Grad Division to learn about graduate application information and resources across the campus.