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Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship

The Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship offered by UC Berkeley to entering undergraduates, and attracts, retains, and graduates the most sought-after students in the world.

While at Berkeley, recent scholars have served in such notable positions as Student Regent on the University of California Board of Regents, ASUC President, and Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Californian. Scholars have been chosen as University Medalist and have earned such prestigious awards as the Rhodes, Truman, and Marshall Scholarships. Many have gone on to become faculty at prestigious universities, CEOs of global corporations, and innovators and leaders in their chosen fields.

Berkeley welcomes approximately 200 new Regents' and Chancellor's Scholars each year with a campus community of more than 900 scholars enrolled, making it the largest Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship program in the UC system.

​Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship Benefits 

Faculty Mentor: Scholars are assigned a UC Berkeley faculty mentor to assist with guidance through academic and professional endeavors. Scholars have an opportunity to meet their faculty mentors for the first time at the fall welcome reception hosted by the Chancellor. Further networking with faculty and fellow scholars throughout their academic career at Berkeley results in lifelong beneficial associations.

Priority Class Enrollment: Regents' and Chancellor's Scholars are among a very select group of students who receive priority enrollment for classes.

Regents' and Chancellor's Scholars Association: All scholars are automatic members of the Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholars Association (RCSA). The student organization sponsors academic and professional development activities, and coordinates social events and community service projects. Examples include RCSA's partnership with UC Berkeley's Career Center each year to host a career fair featuring more than 250 companies, and their planning and implementation of TEDx Berkeley, involving more than 200 scholar volunteers. Learn more about RCSA's activities on the official RCSA website

Financial Aid Advising: Scholars have a dedicated Scholarship Advisor in the Undergraduate Scholarships, Honors, and Prizes Office, who assists with questions about the scholarship and financial aid as well as offering general resource and advising information.

Research Fellowship: The Regents' and Chancellor's Research Fellowship provides scholars an opportunity to apply for funding of up to $1,000 in support of current research projects.

Guaranteed Housing: Scholars receive guaranteed placement in a University Residence for the duration of their scholarship tenure. 

Alumni Network: Upon graduating, scholars become part of a vibrant and world-changing group of Berkeley alumni. The university hosts an annual event for Regents' and Chancellor's alumni, faculty, and current scholars, inviting them to connect and expand their networks.  

Monetary Award and Scholarship Tenure: The Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship includes a monetary award that is renewable annually for up to a maximum of eight semesters for incoming freshmen and a maximum of four semesters for incoming transfer students. Scholars without financial need receive a $2,500 honorary award per year. Scholars with financial need are awarded a scholarship up to their full need as assessed by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office.

Selection Process

Faculty select candidates from the top entering applicants who have been admitted to Berkeley, as determined by a holistic review by the Academic Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Honors, and Financial Aid.

California residents and a limited number of domestic out-of-state candidates are invited in early February for a one-on-one interview with a member of Berkeley's faculty. Interviews take place in late February and early March. Notifications regarding disposition of candidacy are sent at the end of March.

International and transfer candidates are considered for the award via admissions file review by the Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Honors, and Financial Aid.

Frequently Asked Questions: Prospective Regents' and Chancellor's Scholars

1. Do I need to submit an application to be considered for the Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship?

All students who apply to UC Berkeley are automatically considered for the scholarship. This includes California resident, out-of-state, and international students entering from high school as well as transfer students. If you are not selected as a candidate, there are many other university scholarships for which you will be considered. Remember to apply for financial aid by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you are eligible for any university scholarships, the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office will notify you in April.

2. I am a Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship candidate. When and how will I be notified about receiving the award?

Scholarship award notifications are sent to students the day the Office of Undergraduate Admissions releases acceptance announcements at the end of March. You will also see your scholarship award under My Finances on CalCentral. Transfer students are notified of scholarship awarding in mid-May. If you do not see a message in the student applicant portal, it is likely you were not awarded the scholarship.

3. How do I accept the award?

To accept your Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship, submit the Statement of Intention to Register (SIR) by May 1st and sign and upload your Scholarship Contract on CalCentral. Before signing your Scholarship Contract be sure to review the scholarship terms and conditions, which were made available to you as a link on your award notification letter.

4. Will there be an adjustment to my Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship if I receive any outside scholarships?

If you are receiving the honorary amount of $2,500, there will be no adjustment to your Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship. If you are receiving a need-based amount, outside agency scholarship are applied toward your gross financial need and may require the campus to reduce the amount of your Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship.

5. When do I begin receiving the priority enrollment benefit?

Regents' and Chancellor's Scholars will receive priority enrollment through My Academics on CalCentral.

Frequently Asked Questions: Current Regents' and Chancellor's Scholars

1. Will there be an adjustment to my Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship if I receive any outside scholarships?

If you are receiving the honorary amount of $2,500, there will be no adjustment to your Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship. If you are receiving a need-based amount, outside agency awards are applied toward your gross financial need and may require the campus to reduce the amount of your Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship.

2. When do I begin receiving the priority enrollment benefit?

Regents' and Chancellor's Scholars will receive priority enrollment through My Academics on CalCentral.

3. Does the housing guarantee benefit mean I get my first choice of accommodation?

The Regents' and Chancellor's housing benefit does not guarantee that you will receive your top choice(s) in housing preference. It does guarantee that you will receive placement in a University Residence provided you submit the housing application by the posted deadline. The Housing Office does its best to accommodate students' housing preferences, but this depends on the availability of space as well as other factors in their process. Please note that if you submit the housing application after the deadline, we can no longer guarantee that you will receive a housing offer. 

4. Will I lose my Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship if I need to take time away from school?

Regents' and Chancellor's Scholars are eligible to take up to two semesters of leave from the scholarship. Scholars must attend one semester at UC Berkeley before requesting a leave of absence. Scholars cannot request a leave of absence for any semester in which they have already received the scholarship. If you're planning on taking a leave of absence, please contact your Scholarship Advisor.