Application Process

The first part of the application collects basic demographic and background details as well as key attributes needed to facilitate room/roommate placement decisions to be made over the summer. This information will not be used to evaluate an applicant's qualification for admission; we support the Fair Housing Act as amended, prohibiting discrimination in housing based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap or familial status.


This noted, because BHRC seeks students who are enthusiastic about our model and want to actively participate in it, we have the second part of our application where we ask you to submit responses to a series of key questions that will help get to know you better and get a deep understanding why you want to live in Bowles Hall.

In addition to these two sections, applicants are afforded the optional opportunity to upload additional information you'd like us to consider (resume, video, audio files, etc.).

Upon submission, the application then goes to members of our Selection Committee, a group composed of current Bowles Hall students. Having access only to essay answers, each committee member individually assesses student responses and scores each applicant based on a pre-determined scale. These ratings are then averaged to establish Accepted or Waitlist status for each application period. Notifications are sent via email to the applicant.

We thank you for your interest and we look forward to reviewing your application.

Incoming Freshmen Class

Incoming Freshman Student Application Opens: March 28, 2020
Incoming Freshman Student Application Closes: May 2, 2020 at 11:59PM
Incoming Freshman Acceptance Notices to be sent by: May 18, 2020 (please note that we delayed notices by one day) 

Incoming Transfer Students

Incoming Transfer Student Application Opens: April 26, 2020
Incoming Transfer Student Application Closes: May 9, 2020 at 11:59PM

Incoming Transfer Acceptance Notices to be sent by: May 24, 2020

Continuing Berkeley Students

Unfortunately, the application period for residence in the 2020-21 academic year has closed.

Summer Residents

Summer residency is available at Bowles Hall during all summer sessions for both individuals and groups. For more information, please contact us at or use the form in the "Contact" page.

Founded in 1929, Bowles Hall is the only residential college at UC Berkeley. After extensive renovations in 2016, it now offers the premier co-ed four-year housing experience for Berkeley students.

Bowles Hall Residential College

1928 Stadium Rim Way

Berkeley, CA 94720

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