California students continue to represent the majority of admissions, comprising more than 70 percent of the total. However, the number of in-state students dropped from 11,200 last year to 9,420 this year, the university said.
More than 50,000 students, the highest number on record, applied to UC Berkeley, but dwindling state funding for higher education forced the campus to limit enrollment for California residents, according to the university.
The admission rate for the fall 2010 and spring 2011 class, including state and non-resident applicants, was 25.6 percent, a decrease from the 26.6 percent admission rate last year.
UC Berkeley officials said the SAT scores and grade point averages of this year's admitted class exceeded those of the previous year's class.
The university said it increased the number of enrollment offers to international students and out-of-state students as part of an effort to generate additional funds during the state's budget crisis, which has led to a reduction in state funding for higher education.
Applicants learned of their admission offers in late March.