From a group of academic pioneers in 1868 to the Free Speech Movement in 1964, Berkeley is a place where the brightest minds from across the globe come together to explore, ask questions and improve the world.
Want to change the world? At Berkeley we’re doing just that. When you join the Golden Bear community, you’re part of an institution that shifts the global conversation every single day.
Berkeley is home to some of the world's greatest minds leading more than 130 academic departments and 80 interdisciplinary research units and addressing the world’s most pertinent challenges.
From expeditions to Egypt in the late 1800s to stem cell research and artificial intelligence today, Berkeley has been at the forefront of research throughout its history. Here students can work side-by-side with Nobel Laureates, Fields medal winners, Fulbright Scholars and MacArthur fellows.
Life at Berkeley blends research and reflection, the scientific with the artistic, and the scholarly with the athletic. Our students come from different places and backgrounds, but together they create a diverse and kinetic community that seeks to create a better world.
Numbers don't tell the whole story, but you might be surprised by Berkeley's impressive facts and figures.
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Public university worldwide: U.S. News & World Report
Degree programs at UC Berkeley
Freshmen who are first generation college students
Total student enrollment, Fall 2018
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students
Pell Grant recipients: Freshmen
all-time top producer of Peace Corps volunteers
Number of community organizations with Berkeley student involvement
UC Berkeley undergraduates engage in off-campus public service projects and programs annually
Nobel Prizes held by alumni
Olympic medals won by students and alumni
National championships won by Cal teams
book volumes in UC Berkeley libraries
Films and videos in the BAM/PFA Collection
Graduates attended Commencement 2019