General Information University Of California - Berkeley
University of California - Berkeley
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.
Berkeley's academic programs are recognized internationally for their excellence. More than 7,000 courses and more than 100 undergraduate majors are available in the sciences, humanities, arts, social sciences and natural resources. Students also may design their own undergraduate majors. Nearly 100 freshman and sophomore seminars are offered each semester, featuring small classes on topics of special interest to the professors.
Overlooking San Francisco Bay, UC Berkeley is a lush and tranquil campus—yet close to many urban opportunities. It is bordered by wooded, rolling hills and the City of Berkeley, one of America’s most lively, culturally diverse, and politically adventurous municipalities. Cal students are also just minutes away from the many cultural, recreational and culinary resources of Oakland, San Francisco, and other Bay Area communities.
The Berkeley campus is an eclectic, interesting and varied place to live and to learn, and this is truly reflected in the wide range of clubs and student organizations available. Cal students can join the Marching Band, the Cal Hang Gliding Club, radio station KALX, ethnic associations, humor and literary magazines, debate team, and a variety of cultural and political groups.
As a Cal student, you can take advantage of an exciting variety of on-campus lectures, concerts, forums, seminars, festivals, plays, exhibits, and films offered by world-acclaimed scholars and performers—so many that you need to check the calendar of events to keep up. In addition, a host of arts, entertainment and sports activities are within minutes from campus in San Francisco, Oakland and other surrounding Bay Area communities. Downtown Berkeley, a short walk from campus, offers four movie theaters (22 screens), highly-regarded theater, live music, artist cooperatives, and many other cultural venues.