Period 1; Avid
January 29, 2007
University of California, Berkeley
Motto: Fiat lux (Let There Be Light)
Established: March 23, 1868 The UC Berkeley
Type: Public School of Information
Endowment: $2.20 billion (2006) prepares leaders and
Chancellor: Robert Birgeneau pioneers solutions to
Faculty: 1,950 the challenges of
Undergraduates: 22,144 information into
Postgraduates: 8,125 knowledge.
Location: Berkeley, California
Campus: Urban, 1,232 acres
Athletics: California Golden Bears
School Colors: Blue and Gold
On average 95% of the incoming freshmen and one third of new transfer
students live in the University run housing their first year.
The UC Berkeley freshmen to sophomore retention rate is 96% with a 4.5
graduation rate of 68%
More students at UC Berkeley are identifying themselves as "moderate" or
"conservative" than in the past decades.
At the time of its founding, Berkeley was the first full-curriculum public
university in the state of California, and was known as the University of
The campus is approximately 1,232 acres in its entirety, though the main
campus is on the western 178 acres
The campus is divided by two branches of Strawberry Creek (the principal
watercourse running through the city of Berkeley, California)
According to the National Research Council, Berkeley ranks first nationally in
the number of graduate programs in the top ten in their fields, and first
nationally in the number of "distinguished" programs for the scholarship of the
Berkeley is the only university in the nation to achieve top 5 rankings
for all its PhD programs in those disciplines covered by the US News
and World Report graduate school survey
In 2006, Berkeley admitted 9,836 freshmen from an
application pool of just under 42,000 applicants, an
acceptance rate of 23.5%. The average person admitted to
the university as a freshman in 2005 had a weighted GPA of
4.33, and those who matriculated in 2006 had an average
GPA of 4.26 and average score of 1975 out of 2400
(approximately 94th percentile) on the SAT admissions
Graduate admissions vary by department, although in 2005
the university's graduate program admitted 3,444 students
from a pool of 18,333 applicants, an overall acceptance
rate of 18.3%.
In 1866, the land that comprises the current Berkeley campus was purchased by the
private College of California. Because it lacked sufficient funds to operate.
The university's charter was signed by California Governor Henry H. Haight on March 23,
1868 and Henry Durant, the founder of the College of California, became its first president.
In September 1873 the University, with an enrollment of 191 students.
The university opened in 1869 using the former College of California's buildings in Oakland
as a temporary home while the new campus underwent construction.
The competition on campus architectural plans, won by Emile Benard of Paris, brought
Berkeley not only a building plan but worldwide notoriety.
The University grew with the rapidly expanding population of California and responded to
the educational needs of the developing state.
In 1966 Berkeley was recognized by the American Council on Education as "the best
balanced distinguished university in the country.“
Berkeley is one of the oldest and flagship campus of the ten-campus University of California
The university came of age under the direction of Benjamin Ide Wheeler, who was
University President from 1899 to 1919
Badminton Roller Hockey
Ballroom Dancing Rugby
Crew (Lightweight) Soccer
Fencing Table Tennis
Field Hockey Tennis
Figure Skating Triathlon
Housing around Berkeley area
Sharing a house $500-$800 per month
Studio (one room) apartment $900-$1500 per month
One-bedroom apartment $1100-$1850 per month
Two-bedroom apartment $1450-$2500 per month
Utilities (gas/electric) $70-$150+ per month
Phone $25-$35 (basic rate) per month
To secure an apartment, you will have to pay a deposit when you sign the
contract with the landlord. An apartment deposit is typically equivalent to
three times your monthly rent, so if you rent an apartment for $1400,
your deposit could be as high as $4200. Telephone, utilities, and
sometimes water, are usually charged in addition to rent.
Academics; Campus enrollments
The following statistics are calculated from the Fall 2005 enrollment and were
released by the University of California system:
Total Enrollment: 33,558
Undergraduate Enrollment: 23,482
Graduate Enrollment: 10,076
Undergraduates by Ethnicity:
African American: 3.5%
Native American: 0.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 41.4%
Not Stated: 8.1%
Undergraduates Living on Campus: 28%
The wooded 178-acre central campus area is known for its
architectural and historical landmarks as well as the scenic passage of
Strawberry Creek traversing the campus from end to end.
South Hall; one of the two original
A view of the Berkeley campus. buildings; still standing
Haas school of business
Cunningham Hall and the newly-built Towle Hall,
part of the Unit 2 dormitory complex
Campus Pictures; mascots, logos.
UC Rally Committee running Cal flags across the
Memorial Stadium field at the 2002 Big Game
LOOK! Its Oski the bear! (1941)
Contacting UC Berkeley
University of California, Berkeley
110 Sproul Hall #5800
Berkeley, CA 94720-5800
Admissions phone: (510) 642-3175
Admissions fax: (510) 642-7333