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.

Student body

Number of students: 36,204 students as of Fall 2013 including 25,951 undergraduates and 10,253 pursuing graduate degrees. (Source)

Undergraduate gender: 52% female and 48% male
Graduate gender: 54% male and 46% female (Source)

Degrees granted in 2012-13: Bachelor's, 7,774; Master's, 2,198; Doctoral (research/scholarship), 932; Doctoral (professional practice), 372. (Source)

Enrollment by ethnicity

Student profiles:


1,620 fulltime and 616 part-time faculty members () dispersed among more than 350 degree programs. (Source)

Student-to-faculty ratio: 17 to 1 (Fall, 2013)(Source)

Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students: 73% (Fall, 2013) (Source)

Nobel laureates: 22 faculty members, including 8 current faculty.

National and international awards held by faculty.

Fields of study

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

130 academic departments and 34 interdisciplinary graduate groups that offer degrees.

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 2013): Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences, 1274; Economics, 937; Political Science, 853; Business Administration, 700; and Psychology, 642. (Source)

Courses offered: Almost 8,000 courses in some 350 degree programs; the campus produces more Ph.D.s annually than any other U.S. university. (Cal Facts 2009)

Measures of excellence

Rankings: A National Research Council analysis of U.S. universities concluded that UC Berkeley has the largest number of highly ranked graduate programs in the country. The analysis ranked doctoral programs within a range (such as between 1st and 5th), and found that 48 out of the 52 Berkeley programs assessed ranked within the top 10 nationally.

Over the past decade (2000-2009), the National Science Foundation awarded more Graduate Research Fellowships to UC Berkeley students than to those of any other university (MIT was 2nd; Stanford 3rd; Harvard 4th). From George Breslauer, who forwarded by by Rand Haley, Higher Education practice, Huron Consulting Group (rhaley@huronconsultinggroup.com).

A 2008 student survey found that 52% of Berkeley seniors have assisted faculty with research or creative projects. (UCUES Survey, 2008)

Public service by students: Each year, approximately 10,000 UC Berkeley undergraduates engage in off-campus public service projects and programs including tutoring Bay Area children; working with anti-poverty organizations; and interning with local and state governmental agencies. Historically, UC Berkeley has produced more Peace Corps volunteers than any other university. (Source)

Tuition, fees & financial aid

Some 64% of undergraduates receive some form of financial aid. For example, in 2008-09, 37 percent of all Berkeley undergrads (Source) were eligible for Pell Grants (family incomes generally less than $45,000 a year). Berkeley educates more of these economically disadvantaged students than all of the Ivy League universities combined. Some 5,700 undergraduates received a total of $33 million in scholarships, many of them privately funded. (Source)

Average undergraduate student budget 2013-2014 (Source)

  Living in a Campus Residence Hall Living in an Apartment Living with
Tuition & fees $12,864 $12,864 $12,864
Housing & utilities 14,232 7,458 2,506
Food 948 2,626 1,706
Books & supplies 1,226 1,226 1,226
Personal expenses 1,430 1,746 1,962
Transportation 606 924 1,814
Health insurance* 2,014 2,014 2,014
Total $33,320 $28,858 $24,092
Nonresident tuition & fees supplement $22,878 $22,878 $22,878
Nonresident total $56,198 $51,736 $46,970

*Student Health Insurance Plan fee may be waived if proof of adequate coverage is presented.

Average graduate student budget 2013-14 (Source)

Tuition & fees $12,864
Housing & utilities 10,778
Food 6,398
Books 696
Personal 1,468
Transportation 2,964
Health insurance 2,772
Total $37,940
Nonresident tuition & fees supplement 15,102
Nonresident total $53,042

These figures are estimated averages for the nine-month academic year. The graduate professional fees for Business; Law; Optometry; Public Health; Public Policy; UCB-UCSF Joint Medical Program; Architecture / Landscape Architecture / City & Regional Planning / Urban Design; School of Information; and Social Welfare students will vary from the above depending on the department, degree program, and year in school.

Campus budget & finances

Revenues: $2.16 billion in 2012-13 (Source: Can also call Controller's Office Yaling Li at lyaling@berkeley.edu)

  • Funding sources:
    • State funds: 12%
    • Tuition & fees: 27%
    • Contracts & grants: 32%
    • Sales & services of educational activities: 13%
    • Private gifts for current use: 7%
    • Investment income: 5%
    • Other: 2%
    • Non-operating revenue: 2%
  • Sources of private funds, 2009-10: (Source: Jose Rodriguez)
    • Alumni, parents, faculty, staff & friends: 44.5%
    • Foundations: 32.5%
    • Corporations: 14.4%
    • Campus-related organizations: 0.3%
    • Other sources: 8.3%

Market value of endowment: $2.6 billion (June 2010). (Source) UC Berkeley Foundation announcement is source for June 09 figure

Philanthropic support: The state supplied 47% of the University's budget in 1991-92 and today its contribution comes to less than 20%. Private support is increasingly critical to preserving Berkeley's excellence. Alumni, parents, and friends of the campus contributed $313.1 million in gifts and pledges in the 2009-10 fiscal year to support students, faculty, and research. There were gifts and pledges from 56,800 donors.


The cyclotron was invented at Berkeley, launching a research era in which the fundamental structure of matter was discovered.

In the 2013-14 fiscal year, Berkeley received $730.7 million in research funding. (Source, OSP annual report)

Inventions/patents as of June 2012:

    • 2,493 total active inventions
    • 302 active license agreements
    • 641 active U.S. patents
    • 503 active foreign patents

Libraries and museums

In 2008, the Association of Research Libraries ranked the UC Berkeley's University Library as the No. 1 public research university library in North America. (Source)

Number of libraries: Three main libraries (Doe, Moffitt, and the Bancroft), 18 subject-specialty libraries, and 11 affiliated libraries (with special collections) make up the UC Berkeley Library system.

The Bancroft Library houses the Mark Twain Papers and Project, the world's largest collection of Twain's writings, photos, letters, and scrapbooks.

Holdings: The Library has over 10 million book volumes, 90,000 current serial publications, 415,900 pamphlets, 5 million microform items, 410,000 maps, 109,000 government documents, 60,000 sound recordings, and 6,350 videos.

The Berkeley Natural History Museums include the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology; the UC Botanical Garden; the Essig Museum of Entomology; the University and Jepson Herbaria; the Museum of Paleontology; the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology; and the Human Evolution Research Center.

Collections: A full listing of Berkeley's many valuable collections of non-book artifacts and objects.

The Berkeley Art Museum houses diverse collections of more than 13,000 objects.

The Pacific Film Archive includes 10,000 films.


Number of teams: 30 men's and women's intercollegiate squads

National team championships won by Cal teams: 87 (Source)

Olympic medals won by students and alumni (as individuals and teams): 103 gold, 47 silver, 33 bronze; more than 300 Cal students and alumni have participated in the modern Olympic games as athletes and coaches. (Source)

Number of intramural sports offered: 9


Living alumni: 464,000 (April 2012) Cal Facts 2010

Nobel Prizes won by alumni: 29

Famous alumni: Steve Wozniak, cofounder of Apple; Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google; Alice Waters, culinary hero; Maxine Hong Kingston, author of "The Woman Warrior" (see a more extensive list).

Fictional alumni: Jack Bauer, the hero played by Kiefer Sutherland in the hit show "24," supposedly got his Masters of Science in "Criminology and Law" at Berkeley (no such degree is offered). Joanie Caucus of Doonesbury. C.J. Cregg of "The West Wing." Elaine, Mrs. Robinson's daughter in "The Graduate."

Reference websites

Campus statistics: The Office of Planning & Analysis site includes a number of frequently requested statistics and their comprehensive Berkeley Profile.

Common Data Set: Information on the general campus; enrollment and persistence; first-time, first-year (freshmen) admissions; transfer admissions; academic offerings and policies; student life; annual expenses; financial aid; instructional faculty and class size; and degrees conferred.

Thanks to Berkeley: Cal facts brochure (PDF 3.9Mb PDF)

University of California systemwide statistics: Statistical summary and data on UC students, faculty, and staff.

NOTE: This site is updated quarterly, using the most recent data available.