University of California-Berkeley

The University of California at Berkeley is a public research institution located in Berkeley, California. Founded in 1868, the Berkeley campus is its largest and oldest campus of the ten within the University of California system.

UC Berkeley offers about 350 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Berkeley faculty and alumni have won 72 Nobel Prizes, 45 MacArthur Fellowships, 20 Academy Awards, 14 Pulitzer Prizes, 9 Wolf Prizes, 13 Field Medals, 22 Turing Awards, and 105 Olympic gold medals. The Academic Ranking of World Universities ranks UC Berkeley as fourth in the world overall.

Facts and Figures:

Tuition: $13,510

Undergraduate Population: 24,126

Graduate population: 10,455

Total student population: 34,581

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 91%

Campus Rating

    Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE): Yellow Light

    American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) - Grade: F No required courses in Literature, Foreign Language, U.S. Government or History, Economics, Mathematics, or Science 

Campus Spotlight

  • Political Student Groups: 

    Liberal (16): Gender Equity Resource Center, Cal Berkeley Democrats, Boalt Hall Law Students for Justice in Palestine, Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action By Any Means Necessary, If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice at Berkeley, International Socialist Organization, International Youth and Students for Social Equality, Socialist Alternative, Socialist Organizer, Street Scholars, Students for Bernie Sanders, Students for Hillary, Students for Justice in Palestine, Students for Racial Justice, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, Students for Social Change

    Conservative (4): College Republicans, Cal Libertarians, ISI Burke Society of Berkeley, Tikvah: Students for Israel

    Employee Political Contributions (2012-2016):

    Democrats: $6,468,027 (94.5%)

    Republicans: $374,099 (5.4%)

    All Stories

    UC Berkeley students protest Domino's Pizza for thanking cows for milk
  • Thanking cows for milk is “animal exploitation,” according to students at the University of California, Berkeley. Members of UC Berkeley’s Organization for Animal Advocacy gathered outside a local Domino’s Pizza recently to protest the chain’s latest pizza box design, which allegedly endorses the ‘rape and forcible impregnation’ of dairy cows. Printed...

  • VIDEO: Berkeley students prefer ISIS flag to Israeli flag
  • Students at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) are infuriated by an Israeli flag but not by a flag representing the terrorist organization, ISIS according to a new video posted to YouTube. Ami Horowitz, a satirical video producer for Fox News, headed to the UCB campus to film how student’s reacted when he waved an ISIS flag, compared to when he waved the flag of Israel. ...

  • UC - Berkeley brings in 500 goats to be ‘eco-friendly lawn mowers’
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which is managed by the University of California - Berkeley, brought in 500 goats to be “eco-friendly lawn mowers” this month. For the past 17 years, Berkeley Lab has brought goats from a local company called Goats R Us to eat grass on the hills outside of the building, according to an article published in The Daily Californian, the...

  • Berkeley Chancellor resigns amid charges of wasteful spending
  • The Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley submitted his resignation Tuesday evening amid allegations that he mishandled multiple sexual harassment cases as well as the school’s budget. UC System President Janet Napolitano accepted his resignation late Tuesday, issuing a brief statement to express her “deep appreciation for Chancellor Dirks’ efforts on behalf of...

  • Is a Berkeley student not diverse enough to fight sexual assault?
  • A student at the University of California, Berkeley, has recently been rejected from a position on her student government because of complaints from student senators that she does not adequately represent the “diversity” of the student body. After interviewing and appointing fourth-year sociology student Meghan Warner late last month as the new Associated Students at the University of...

  • UC Berkeley, CAIR label conservative outlets part of 'US Islamophobia Network'
  • The University of California, Berkeley and a national Islamic organization have identified Fox News, National Review, and The Rush Limbaugh Show as elements of the “U.S. Islamophobia Network.” Confronting Fear: Islamophobia and Its Impact in the United States, a study released Tuesday that was conducted jointly by the UC Berkeley Center for Race & Gender and the Council on...

  • Berkeley students protest for cows' rights on Mother's Day
  • Mother’s Day held special significance this year for an animal rights group at UC Berkeley and other Bay Area activists, who claim that exploiting the breast milk of “another’s mother,” namely a calf’s, is unfair and disrespectful. On May 10, the Berkeley Organization for Animal Advocacy (BOAA) at UC Berkeley protested the consumption of mother cows’ milk...

  • Berkeley Black Student Union wants to rename hall after convicted cop killer
  • The University of California, Berkeley Black Student Union (BSU) is demanding Barrows Hall, named after former Chancellor David Barrows, be renamed to Shakur Hall after Assata Shakur, a member of the FBI’s most-wanted list and a convicted cop killer. The demand is one of a series of requests to allegedly reduce “hostility” against black students at the university. Most of the...

  • Protesters at UC Berkeley get nude for trees
  • Eucalyptus trees at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), have really been feeling it this week. Approximately 50-70 activists stripped naked this past Saturday at a eucalyptus grove at the UC Berkeley campus to protest a proposed tree-clearing program in East Bay Hills that endangered an estimated 450,000 trees. The protest was led by the Tree Spirit Project, which was founded...

  • Berkeley cop watchdog suggests 'sensitivity training' for officers
  • A study by several professors purporting to demonstrate racial disparities in police use of force is prompting suggestions that police should undergo sensitivity and bias training. A team of academics, including professors from the University of California, Berkeley and New York University, helped conduct the study released last week by the Center for Policing Equity (CPE), which analyzed data...

  • Berkeley display features parade through decades of sex ed
  • Curious about the art of “afronomics?” How about the joys of gay or lesbian sex? The University of California, Berkeley (UCB) has you covered. The exhibit, “ Bird Do It, Bees Do It: A Century of Sex (Mis)Education in the United States,” is viewable in Doe Memorial Library, and tracks how sex education in the United States has changed over time. Students can view pictures...

  • UC Berkeley exposes elementary kids to giant penis, 'pin-the-tail on the anus' game
  • A group of elementary and middle school students touring University of California - Berkeley last week were exposed to a man in a giant penis costume and school-sponsored sex games. "All day long, little kids were prancing by the dental dam demonstrations, sex-themed games of chance, and the guy in the penis suit," student Claire Chiara said in an interview with Campus Reform Thursday. The...

  • Berkeley prof: workfare law is "a war on our nation’s children"
  • A University of California, Berkeley professor says work requirements for welfare amount to a “war on our nation’s children and their mothers,” and wants a return to a no-strings-attached dole. “It was Bill Clinton who ended welfare for vulnerable mothers and children that had emerged out of the New Deal, replacing it with a Rotten Deal based on racist and classist...

  • Activists pretend to be dead at UC Berkeley to protest animal testing
  • A group of animal rights activists at University of California - Berkeley pretended to be dead while protesting animal testing in the school labs. About 15 activists sprawled out on the ground in front of Sproul Hall Tuesday, according to an article in The Daily Californian, the school’s official student newspaper. The protest, called a “die-in,” was hosted by the international...

  • Artists hang effigies of lynch victims at UC Berkeley
  • Three black effigies representing lynching victims from the past, were found hanging from nooses around UC-Berkeley’s campus Saturday morning. The cardboard cutouts were discovered a few hours before a police brutality protest organized by the Black Student Union. Campus police and students took down display by the afternoon, though there was confusion as to why the effigies appeared in the...