University of California - Berkeley

  • Description
  • Facts at a glance

    The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus — envisioned as a "City of Learning" — was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.

    Fields of study

    Motto: Fiat Lux ("Let there be light")

    130 academic departments and more than 80 interdisciplinary research units.

    Colleges and schools: UC Berkeley is divided into 14 colleges and schools, most of which are subdivided into departments.

    Most popular majors (as of Fall 2009):

    • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 1500 students
    • Political Science, 916 students
    • Molecular and Cell Biology, 1020 students
    • Environmental Science, Policy and Management, 886 students
    • Economics 828 students.

    Courses offered: More than 7,000 courses in some 350 degree programs; the campus produces more Ph.D.s annually than any other U.S. university.

    Student body

    Number of students: 36,142 students as of Fall 2011 including 25,885 undergraduates and 10,257 pursuing graduate degrees.

    Undergraduate gender: 53% female and 47% male (Fall 2011).

    Graduate gender: 55% male and 45% female (Fall 2011)

    Degrees granted in 2010-11: Bachelor's, 7,466; Master's and professional degrees, 2,480; Doctoral, 905


    1,582 fulltime and 500 part-time faculty members dispersed among more than 130 academic departments and more than 80 interdisciplinary research units.

    Student-to-faculty ratio: 15.1 to 1 (Fall, 2009)

    Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students: 74% (Fall, 2009)

    Nobel laureates: 22 faculty members, including 9 current faculty. National and international awards held by faculty.

    Research – Overview

    • Museums and collections: UC Berkeley's eight museums and its many collections support research and teaching in disciplines including anthropology, architecture, art history, art practice, botany, engineering, entomology, film history, geology, history, linguistics, paleontology, physics, and zoology.
    • Research publications
    • SETI@home: Astronomy research using internet-connected personal computers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Members of the public can participate by running a free software program that downloads and analyzes radio-telescope data.
    • Undergraduate Research Office: List of all undergraduate research programs on campus.


    Phone +1.510.642-6000
    Address Sproul Hall 101

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