University of California, Berkeley

Landscape view of University of California, 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.”

Home to more than 27,000 undergraduates and more than 10,000 graduate students, Berkeley is internationally renowned for excellence and pioneering achievements across all disciplines. At the heart of its preeminence are its 1,620 full-time and 616 part-time faculty members. Dispersed among more than 170 academic departments and programs, and 80 research units, Berkeley’s professors are highly distinguished researchers and scholars — and leading experts in their fields. 22 members of the Berkeley faculty have won Nobel Prizes, including seven current faculty members. Additionally, 29 Berkeley alumni have won the award — five of whom have served on the faculty.

Berkeley fuels a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value. We integrate research with teaching, the artistic with the scientific, the scholarly with the athletic, and the up-and-comer with the advantaged. Our diverse and kinetic community draws inspiration from every discipline, sparks dynamic interactions and produces revelations about the world we aspire to live in. With the drive to ask critical questions and embrace new challenges, we are redefining ourselves and the role of a university in a changing world.