Welcome to the Office of Planning & Analysis

At the Office of Planning & Analysis (OPA), our purpose is to create decision support that helps Berkeley better fulfill its teaching, research and public service mission and live up to our campus goal of promoting access and excellence. Our core values that define how we contribute to the campus community include creativity, integrity, collaboration, excellence and stewardship. And our goal is to transform OPA from a standard institutional research office to one of the most trusted, innovative, and influential advisory groups on the campus.

Planning & Analysis Highlights

Berkeley Pell Grant recipient counts decline in 2013-14

11/6/2015 - UC Berkeley experienced a 1% decline in the number of Pell Grants awarded to undergraduates between 2012-13 and 2013-14. While Berkeley had nearly as many Pell recipients as the entire Ivy League combined, Berkeley's 36% of undergraduates receiving Pell Grants is well above the Ivy League's 17%. Among other UC campuses, only UC Santa Barbara (32%) is lower than Berkeley, while Merced (62%) and Riverside (60%) are highest. This is the continuation of a slow but consistent trend; as our selectivity increases the number of Pell students decreases.  Berkeley is committed to remaining a major engine of economic mobility and will continue to find ways to further our commitment to access and equity. Please see the OPA briefing here.

Now Available: 2015 Survey of New Students Results 

10/30/2015 - Today OPA announces the release and general availability of the 2015 results of the annual UC Berkeley Survey of New Students (SONS).  The survey was open from Sept. 1 - Oct. 11 and roughly 4.000 new Berkeley students provided insights into topics such as the transition to CAL, academic and personal development, campus climate, future plans, civic engagement and much much more.  As in earlier years, the survey results are presented separately for incoming Freshman (not including FPF and Global Edge) and Transfer students on our website in a browser-friendly format [http://opa.berkeley.edu/campus-surveys].


U.S. News released its annual rankings of undergraduate colleges. Among national universities offering doctoral degrees and emphasizing faculty research, UC Berkeley was again named the top public university and again ranked 20th overall. In the updated OPA briefing we cover Berkeley's scores and ranks across indicators, how our closest public peers performed as well as the other UC campuses included in the rankings. The final page covers Berkeley's position in other major global and national ranking efforts.

UCUES Data Used to Support UC Berkeley’s African American Initiative

In September 2015, Chancellor Dirks announced a critical initiative to address the underrepresentation of African American students, faculty, and staff at UC Berkeley. Analysis conducted by the Division of Equity & Inclusion and the Office of Planning & Analysis highlighted the need to address campus climate for African Americans, drawing on data from the UC Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES) and the UC Campus Climate Survey. These efforts demonstrate how survey data can be used to inform decision-making and advocate for a better experience for all members of the campus community. For more information, see The Intersection of Campus Climate and the Student Experience, The UC Berkeley Campus Climate Survey: From Analysis to Action, and the African American Initiative.