Cal Beats Stanford at Accepting Freshman

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    Cal will have a few thousand more students ready to protest if need be next fall. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Just how hard is it to get into UC Berkeley as a freshman? If the percentage of admitted freshman was given a letter grade, it would be an F.

    A low, low F.

    UC Berkeley announced it has offered admission to 13,670 high school students for the 2011-2012 school year.

    But the real number may be how many students didn't get in.

    It's no secret that UC Berkeley is one of the most desirable -- if not the most -- public school to attend because of its academic standards and reputation.

    And while the upcoming class is projected to be about 100 students larger than last year, the number of students turned away is staggering.

    UC Berkeley received 52,900 applications and while it admitted 13,670 of them, the school says it expects to seat about 4,200 students.

    That puts the school's acceptance rate at about 21 percent for fall 2011. The percentage is at least better than other Bay Area school.

    By comparison, Stanford offered admission to 2,427 high school students and received 34,348 applications. An acceptance rate of about 7 percent.

    About 70 percent of those accepted for Cal's freshman class were California resident. Each accepted student has until May 1 to decide if they will atten UC Berkeley.