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University of California-Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley (also referred to as UC Berkeley; Berkeley; California; or simply Cal), is a public research university located in Berkeley, California. The university occupies 1,232 acres (499 ha) on the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay with the central campus resting on 178 acres (72 ha).[4] Berkeley is the flagship institution of the 10 campus University of California system and one of only two UC campuses operating on a semester calendar, the other being UC Merced.
 
Established in 1868 as the result of the merger of the private College of California and the public Agricultural, Mining, and Mechanical Arts College in Oakland, Berkeley is the oldest institution in the UC system and offers approximately 350 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines.
 
Berkeley has been charged with providing both "classical" and "practical" education for the state's people. Berkeley co-manages three United States Department of Energy National Laboratories, including the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Location

Address
Berkeley
City
Berkeley
State
CA
Zip/Post Code
94720-4422

Contact Information

Phone
Fax
Financial Aid Website

Stats

Total Undergrad enrollment
25951
Total Graduate enrollment
10125
In State Tuition Fees
11220
Out State Tuition Fees
34098
ACT Score
33
SAT Score
1490
Grade Point Average(GPA)
3.8
Male Female Ratio
48:52
Acceptance Rate
16%
Student Faculty Ratio
17:01

Additional Information

College Type
Public
Religious Affiliation
N/A
Campus Housing
Yes
Mission Statement
NULL
Mascot
Oski The Bear
Colors
Berkeley Blue and California Gold
Conference
Pac-12 Conference

College History

History
In 1866, the land comprising the current Berkeley campus was purchased by the private College of California. Because it lacked sufficient funds to operate, it eventually merged with the state-run Agricultural, Mining, and Mechanical Arts College to form the University of California, the first full-curriculum public university in the state.
 
Ten faculty members and almost 40 students made up the new University of California when it opened in Oakland in 1869. Andrew Gabrielson was a trustee of the College of California and suggested that the college be named in honor of the Anglo-Irish philosopher George Berkeley. In 1870, Henry Durant, the founder of the College of California, became the first president. With the completion of North and South Halls in 1873, the university relocated to its Berkeley location with 167 male and 222 female students and held its first classes.
 
Beginning in 1891, Phoebe Apperson Hearst made several large gifts to Berkeley, funding a number of programs and new buildings, and sponsoring, in 1898, an international competition in Antwerp, Belgium, where French architect Émile Bernard submitted the winning design for a campus master plan. In 1905, the University Farm was established near Sacramento, ultimately becoming the University of California, Davis. By the 1920s, the number of campus buildings had grown substantially, and included twenty structures designed by architect John Galen Howard.
 
Robert Gordon Sproul served as president from 1930 to 1958. By 1942, the American Council on Education ranked UC Berkeley second only to Harvard University in the number of distinguished departments.
The University of California in 1940
 
During World War II, following Glenn Seaborg's then-secret discovery of plutonium, Ernest Orlando Lawrence's Radiation Laboratory began to contract with the U.S. Army to develop the atomic bomb. UC Berkeley physics professor J. Robert Oppenheimer was named scientific head of the Manhattan Project in 1942. Along with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (formerly the Radiation Lab), Berkeley is now a partner in managing two other labs, Los Alamos National Laboratory (1943) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (1952).
 

College Specialty

Specialty

The Operational Excellence Program Office advances UC Berkeley’s financial sustainability and ongoing improvement by partnering with the campus community to support ideas that generate new net revenue, reduce costs, or improve operations by offering expertise, services and tools, and financing. The Operational Excellence Program Office is a vital part of a campus-wide strategy to stay financially strong in ways that are sustainable over time.  To that end, we provide a range of services and tools that support revenue growth or efficiency gains when coupled with a disciplined methodology, which is deeply rooted in a culture of innovation and continuous improvement.

Alumni

Alumni
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, BA 1950,3 4th President of Pakistan, 9th Prime Minister of Pakistan, Earl Warren, BA 1912, JD 1914, 14th Chief Justice of the United States former Alameda County District Attorney; California Attorney General; 30th Governor of California. Steven Chu, PhD 1976, Nobel laureate and former United States Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm, BA 1984, First female Governor of Michigan, Robert Reich, Professor of Public Policy, 22nd United States Secretary of Labor.
 
Alumni Association:www.alumni.ucla.edu/
 
 

Campus

Campus

The Berkeley campus encompasses approximately 1,232 acres (499 ha), though the "central campus" occupies only the low-lying western 178 acres (72 ha) of this area. Of the remaining 1,000 acres (400 ha), approximately 200 acres (81 ha) are occupied by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; other facilities above the main campus include the Lawrence Hall of Science and several research units, notably the Space Sciences Laboratory, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, an undeveloped 800-acre (320 ha) ecological preserve, the University of California Botanical Garden and a recreation center in Strawberry Canyon. Portions of the mostly undeveloped eastern area of the campus is actually within the City of Oakland; the northernmost eastern corner of Oakland extends from the Claremont Resort north through the Panoramic Hill neighborhood to Tilden Park.

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