University of California-Berkeley

Locally referred to as "UC Berkeley" or just "Berkeley", the University of California–Berkeley is one of the top ranked public research universities in the nation, and, as it's name suggests, is located in the city of Berkeley, California.

In 2015, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings recognized UC Berkeley as one of the six most recognized and reputable university brands in the world. During the same year, U.S. News and World Report ranked UC Berkeley third among Best Global Universities which evaluated major universities from over 50 countries and the United States. It was ranked fourth overall in the nation and first among public universities by the Academic Ranking of World Universities. Many of UC Berkeley's individual programs and departments are also highly ranked. Its programs in science, engineering, social studies, chemistry, computer science, physics, business, mathematics and economics are all consistently ranked among the top ten in the nation.

UC Berkeley is the flagship campus for the University of California system. It offers over 350 degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels in a wide variety of fields and disciplines.

UC Berkeley is also recognized for having one of the most distinguished faculty of any higher education institution in the world. UC Berkeley faculty, researchers, and alumni include over 70 Nobel Prize winners, 45 MacArthur Fellowships, 18 Turing Award winners, 9 Wolf Prize winners, 11 Pulitzer Prize winners and 20 Academy Awards winners. UC Berkeley is also well known and regarded for having discovered 16 chemical elements–more than any other higher education institution in the world. The university expends over $700 million in R&D every year.


The University of California–Berkeley is primarily an undergraduate institution but also offers a wide range of doctoral degrees and programs. The University offers over 100 bachelor's degrees, nearly 90 master's degrees, just shy of 100 doctoral degrees, and an array of professionally oriented graduate degree programs. Degrees at Berkeley are offered through its 14 academic schools and colleges and 130 departments. Academic schools and colleges at Berkeley include:

  • College of Chemistry
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Environmental Design
  • College of Letters and Science
  • College of Natural Resources
  • Graduate School of Education
  • Graduate School of Journalism
  • Haas School of Business
  • Goldman School of Public Policy
  • School of Information
  • School of Law (Boalt Hall)
  • School of Optometry
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Social Welfare
  • UC Berkeley Extension

Freshman admission to the four-year undergraduate bachelor's degree program at UC Berkeley is fairly selective but there is a high level of transfer-ins. The majority of undergraduate degrees are offered in the arts and sciences through the College of Letters and Science. A lesser number of undergraduate degrees are offered through the colleges of business, chemistry, engineering, natural resources and environmental design. However, the most popular undergraduate majors at UC Berkeley are electrical engineering and computer science, environmental science, molecular biology, political science, and economics.

UC Berkeley offers a comprehensive graduate degree program with a high level of coexistence with undergraduates. Many of UC Berkeley's graduate programs are attended by both undergraduate and graduate students. At the graduate level, UC Berkeley awards the Master of Art (MA), Master of Science (MS), Master of Fine Art (MFA), and PhD. It also offers professional degrees including Juris Doctor (JD) and Master of Business Administration (MBA). Those interested in enrolling in a graduate program at UC Berkeley are required to apply directly to the department or degree program.

Even though UC Berkeley is primarily an undergraduate institution, according to the United States National Research Council Rankings, UC Berkeley has the highest number of top ranked graduate programs of any university in the United States. Top ranked graduate programs include astrophysics, physics, political science, chemistry, English, computer science, biochemistry, molecular biology, agriculture, civil engineering, genetics, genomics, geography, epidemiology, mechanical engineering, and mathmetics, among others.

UC Berkeley is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Online Programs

The University of California Berkeley offers online learning opportunities through its UC Berkeley Extension. Through UC Berkeley Extension students can receive a world-class education from any desktop computer or laptop. Many of the online courses offered through the extension program also provide students with college credit toward a degree.

Haas School of Business

The Haas School of Business is among the top 10 business schools in the United States. It's also one of the most difficult business schools to get into. But if you're interested in a business career in technology, innovation or entrepreneurship, it offers one of best educations of any business school in the nation.

Unlike other larger top ranked schools, Haas offers an MBA program with an annual enrollment of just 240 students. The atmosphere is personal and students have the opportunity to get to know all the other students, professors and faculty. The first year of the program students are required to complete core courses that focus on business fundamentals–including corporate finance, accounting and marketing.

The average GMAT score for entering students is 720; with a range from 680 to 750. The average GPA for entering students is 3.6. The median base starting salary for graduates is $122,000 with a signing bonus of $22,000. Nearly 80% of MBA students have received a job offer by graduation and 92% have received a job offer within months of having graduated.

General Information

Phone Number: (510) 642-6000
Address: 200 California Hall, Berkeley, California 94720
Institution Type: Public, 4-year or above
Size: Very Large ( 25,000+ undergrad, 10,000+ grad )
Award Levels: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral
In-State Tuition $ 6,945
Out-of-State Tuition $ 29,629
Online Degrees Offered: NO
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
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Majors and Degrees

Majors/Degrees BS/BA MA/MS PHD
Agriculture Operations and Sciences
Agricultural Economics
Range Science
Architecture and Related Services
City, Community and Regional Planning
Landscape Architecture
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Biology Biological Sciences
Botany Plant Biology
Cell Cellular and Molecular Biology
Vision Science Physiological Optics
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management
Business Administration, Management and Operations
Communication and Journalism
Mass Media Studies
Computer Information Sciences
Computer Science
Information Science Studies
Education and Teaching
Educational Leadership and Administration
Special Education and Teaching
Agricultural Engineering
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Engineering Physics (applied Physics)
Engineering Science
Environmental Environmental Health Engineering
General Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Operations Research
English Language and Literature Letters
English Language and Literature
Rhetoric and Composition
Ethnic, Cultural and Group Studies
African-american Black Studies
American (u.s.) Studies
American Indian Native American Studies
Asian Studies
Asian-american Studies
Ethnic Studies
Hispanic-american, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-american Studies
Latin American Studies
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Women's Studies
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Ancient Classical Greek Language and Literature
Celtic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Chinese Language and Literature
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Comparative Literature
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Italian Language and Literature
Japanese Language and Literature
Middle Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Scandinavian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Health Professions and Related Programs
Environmental Health
Health Health Care Administration Management
Public Health
Legal Professions and Studies
Advanced Legal Research Studies
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities
Humanities Humanistic Studies
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics
Multi Interdisciplinary Studies
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology
Cognitive Science
International Global Studies
Multi- Interdisciplinary Studies
Nutrition Sciences
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Forest Resources Management
Natural Resources Conservation
Natural Resources and Conservation
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Jewish Judaic Studies
Religion Religious Studies
Physical Sciences
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology
Geology Earth Science
Geophysics and Seismology
Materials Science
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
Physical Sciences
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Policy Analysis
Social Work
Social Sciences
Demography and Population Studies
Political Science and Government
Social Sciences
Urban Studies Affairs

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