About Berkeley

The University of California was founded in 1868, born out of a vision in the State Constitution of a university that would "contribute even more than California's gold to the glory and happiness of advancing generations."

By the numbers

From faculty awards to the number of books in our libraries, see Berkeley through its facts and figures.

History and contributions

The Free Speech Movement, wetsuits, a treatment for malaria and earthquake science. You might be surprised to learn what Berkeley has contributed to the world.

Experience Berkeley

Right here, right now. Get a sense for what's happening on the ground at Berkeley.

Traditions

Explore the rites, rituals and rallies that become a part of every Berkeley student's campus experience.

Visit

Ready to see Berkeley for yourself? Find out about daily campus tours, parking and public transportation.

Administration

See a complete list of campus administrators and deans, and find unit-by-unit organizational charts.

Academic Departments

130

Student-to-faculty ratio

17 to 1

Nobel Prizes held by current faculty

7

Freshmen who are first generation college students

17%
“Berkeley is a glorious place. Everywhere you turn you find this commitment to excellence.”
Oliver Williamson, 2009 Nobelist, economics