Prospective Students


Detailed information on applying for admission to the University of California @ Berkeley is available online at All students must submit an application by the date set by the University.

The Department of Anthropology does not review undergraduate admission applications or play any role in determining who is admitted as an undergraduate to the University of California. We also do not receive copies of any transcripts you submit to the University.

Intent to Declare

For students wishing to declare, or learn more about the Anthropology Major/Minor, please contact the Undergraduate Advisor, Frances Bright (

Transfer Students

Transfer students should consult with the Undergraduate Advisor, Frances Bright ( in the Anthropology Department, before (or very early into) their first term at UCB to map out a plan for completing major requirements, and to review the courses completed prior to arriving at Cal.

Transfer students should attempt to satisfy prerequisites (Anthro 1, 2, 3) before arriving at UC Berkeley.

Visit the ASSIST website to help determine which courses offered at California Community Colleges can be used to satisfy major pre-requisites. If any Anthropology courses are completed at any place other than a California Community College, or courses not listed on the ASSIST website, will be reviewed by Faculty for approval to fulfill any major requirements. Students must provide a course description, detailed syllabus, course reading list, and personal statement.

Transfer applicants must indicate their intended major on the UC application, however, official status upon admission is undeclared. See How to Declare the Major for details on how to proceed with declaring the major once admitted.

The College of Letters and Science requires that transfer students officially declare a major in their first semester at Cal; failure to do so can result in a registration block.

Archaeology Program 

Please note that the Archaeology program will not be admitting graduate students for the 2023-24 academic year. Interested applicants can apply in Fall 2023 for the 2024-25 academic year.