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About the University of California, Berkeley


Following the gold rush that brought hundreds of thousands of people to the state, the University of California is founded when two institutions merge – the private College of California in Oakland, and a new state land-grant institution, the Agricultural, Mining and Mechanical Arts College. Leaders of the two institutions decided to join the two schools. A mere 10 faculty members and 40 students made up the new university when it opened. The University of California was founded in 1868, born out of a vision in the State Constitution of a university that would “contribute even more than California’s gold to the glory and happiness of advancing generations.”


The University of California, Berkeley, is the No. 1 public university in the world. Over 30,000 undergraduate and 11,000 graduate students attend classes in 14 colleges and schools, offering over 250 degree programs. Currently, there are over 1,500 full-time faculty at the university, 7 of which are Nobel Prize winners. Annually, over 5,000 undergraduate students engage in public service projects and programs off-campus, giving back to a community that supports their growth and education. Berkeley’s research strength includes expertise in addressing pressing global challenges in the areas of health, energy, and the environment. There are over 1,200 student clubs and organizations for students to get involved in their campus community. Berkeley is a place where the brightest minds from across the globe come together to explore, ask questions and improve the world.

UC Berkeley Campus Map

UC Berkeley by the numbers

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