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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1868
    • Size:
    • Large (>15,000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • 2000 Carleton Street, Berkeley, California, United States, 94720
    • Phone:
    • +15106426000
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of University of California Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley is a public research university in Berkeley, California. Founded in 1868, Berkeley is the flagship institution of the ten research universities affiliated with the system. The University of California, Berkeley was established through a merger of the College of California and the Agricultural, Mining and Mechanical Arts College. The University of California, Berkeley has since grown to instructing over 40,000 students in approximately 350 undergraduate and graduate degree programs amongst a wide range of disciplines. 

Upon its founding, The Dwinelle Bill (California Assembly Bill No. 583) stated that the "University shall have for its design, to provide instruction and thorough and complete education in all departments of science, literature and art, industrial and professional pursuits, and general education, and also special courses of instruction in preparation for the professions".

Academic Highlights

Berkeley's 130-plus academic departments and programs are organized into 14 colleges and schools in addition to UC Berkeley Extension. Colleges are both undergraduate and graduate, while Schools are generally graduate only, though some offer undergraduate majors, minors, or courses. The four-year, full-time undergraduate program has a focus on the arts and sciences with a high level of co-existence in undergraduate and graduate programs. Freshman admission is selective but there are high levels of transfer-in. 107 Bachelor's degrees are offered across the Haas School of Business (1), College of Chemistry (5), College of Engineering (20), College of Environmental Design (4), College of Letters and Science (67), Rausser College of Natural Resources (10), and other individual majors (2). The most popular majors are Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Political Science, Molecular and Cell Biology, Environmental Science, and Economics.

Berkeley has a "comprehensive" graduate program with high coexistence with the programs offered to undergraduates, but no medical school.[78] The university offers Master of Art, Master of Science, Master of Fine Art, and PhD degrees in addition to professional degrees such as the Juris Doctor, Master of Business Administration and Master of Design.

Life in University of California Berkeley

The University of California Marching Band, which has served the university since 1891, performs at every home football game and at select road games as well. A smaller subset of the Cal Band, the Straw Hat Band, performs at basketball games, volleyball games, and other campus and community events.

School Ranking

Berkeley is often ranked as a top-ten university in the world and the top public university in the United States, as well as the top public university producing Nobel laureates and billionaires.


The University of California Berkeley's total enrollment was 42,501: 30,853 undergraduate and 11,648 graduate students, with women accounting for 53 percent of undergraduates and 46.5 percent of graduate and professional students. The acceptance rate for freshmen was 16.8 percent. Of enrolled freshmen, nearly 56 percent were women and approximately 60 percent self-identified as persons of color. Enrolled freshman had average weighted secondary school GPAs of between 4.00 and 4.29. (unweighted GPA of 3.89) and had an average SAT score of 1445 (average ACT score of 32). The interquartile range for SAT scores was 1350–1540. Berkeley and other campuses of the University of California do not superscore.

Notable Alumni

The list includes people like J. Paul Getty, Gregory Peck, Ramesh Balwani, Steve Wozniak & Jerry Brown. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as scientists, engineers, writers, business people and intellectuals & academics etc.

Acceptance Rate

The Students can report either the ACT or SAT scores to University of California-Berkeley. A score between 1840 - 2240 on the SAT exam, or 27 - 33 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among accepted students. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the UC Berkeley average GPA ranges from 3.62 to 3.96 for accepted students. The competition to get accepted at this school runs high, given that only 20 percent of students who applied are accepted to the school. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected UC Berkeley acceptance rate 2015 is estimated to be 20%.

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