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The University of California, Berkeley (also referred to as UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California, or simply Cal) is a public research university located in Berkeley, California, United States.

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: 36,142 students as of Fall 2011 including 25,885 undergraduates and 10,257 pursuing graduate degrees.
  • Undergraduate gender: 53% female and 47% male (Fall 2011).
  • Graduate gender: 55% male and 45% female (Fall 2011)
  • Degrees granted in 2010-11: Bachelor's, 7,466; Master's and professional degrees, 2,480; Doctoral, 905

Profile of admitted freshmen

  • Number of applicants: 50,312 (Fall 2010)
  • 4,109 students enrolled (Fall 2010)
  • 25.6% of applicants admitted (Fall 2010 and Spring 2011)
  • 4.19 (on a 4.0 scale) median high-school grade point for admitted freshmen (Fall 2010).
  • SAT scores: Average SAT Composite score of 2031 for admitted freshmen (Fall 2010).
  • 73% from California (Fall 2010)
  • 63% from California public high schools (2010)
  • 25.1% are first generation college student with neither parent having a four-year college degree (Fall 2010)
  • 66% have at least one parent born outside the U.S. (2009)

Measures of excellence

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).

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

Public service by students: In any given year, more than 4,000 Cal students do volunteer work. UC Berkeley continues to be the only school in the country to have produced more than 3,000 Peace Corps volunteers since that organization's inception in 1961.

Average undergraduate student budget 2011-2012

Living on campus Living off campus Living with
Tuition & fees $12,834 $12,834 $12,834
Housing & utilities 14,060 7,324 2,472
Food 930 2,572 1,670
Books & supplies 1,202 1,202 1,202
Personal expenses 1,388 1,698 1,914
Transportation 594 906 1,776
Health insurance* 1,626 1,626 1,626
Total $32,634 $28,162 $23,494
Nonresident tuition & fees supplement $22,878 $22,878 $22,878
Nonresident total $55,512 $51,040 $46,372


The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is a public research university located in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, United States. UCLA's primary purpose as a public research university is the creation, dissemination, preservation and application of knowledge for the betterment of our global society. To fulfill this mission, UCLA is committed to academic freedom in its fullest terms: We value open access to information, free and lively debate conducted with mutual respect for individuals, and freedom from intolerance. In all of our pursuits, we strive at once for excellence and diversity, recognizing that openness and inclusion produce true quality.

  • 11 Nobel Prizes
  • 12 Rhodes Scholarships
  • More NCAA titles than any university
  • More Olympic medals than most nations

More than 100 companies have been created based on technology developed at UCLA. The faculty and alumni helped create the Internet and pioneered reverse osmosis. UCLA ranks 13th among the world's top 400 universities, according to the London Times Higher Education, which bases its rankings on 13 performance indicators in the areas of teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook.


UCLA has produced 250 Olympic medalists, ranking it higher in medal count than most countries. UCLA's unique view toward athletics creates athletes that are more than just winners. They are invested in their academics. Involved in their community. And become versatile, engaged individuals who use their abilities to produce victories beyond the field of play.

Facts and Figures

  • Undergrad Tuition and Fees 2012/2013: $14,010.13
  • UCLA is the most applied-to university in the nation.
  • Freshmen applicants: 72,000 (2012)
  • Average GPA: 4.25
  • SAT score between 1760 and 2140
  • 94% of freshmen live in university housing
  • 55% of UCLA undergraduates receive some sort of financial assistance
  • 36% of UCLA undergraduates receive Pell Grants

Global Rankings

In 2012–2013, UCLA ranked 13th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. With regard to reputation, UCLA was ranked 9th globally in 2012, by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. In 2011, UCLA ranked 34th in the QS World University Rankings, one position higher than the previous year. In 2010, UCLA was ranked 32nd by the U.S. News and World Report's World's Best Universities. UCLA was ranked 12th in Newsweek's annual ranking of the Top 100 Global universities.In 2012, UCLA was ranked 9th by Bloomberg L.P.'s World University Rankings. UCLA was ranked 13th in the 2010 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) and in 2012, was ranked 12th in the world (10th in North America) by Top 500 World Universities, an annual list published by the Institute of Higher Education at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. Global Universities Ranking lists UCLA as 15th in the world. UCLA is ranked 33rd in Financial Times' Global MBA Rankings in 2010. Human Resources & Labor Review, a national human competitiveness index & analysis, ranked the university 14th in 2010 internationally as one of 50 Best World Universities.

In the High Impact Universities rankings, UCLA was only one of two universities (the other being Harvard) which had all of its faculties ranked in the top 10.

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