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.
Number of students: 36,142 students as of Fall 2011 including 25,885 undergraduates and 10,257 pursuing graduate degrees. (Source)
Undergraduate gender: 53% female and 47% male (Fall 2011).
Graduate gender: 55% male and 45% female (Fall 2011) (Source)
Degrees granted in 2010-11: Bachelor's, 7,466; Master's and professional degrees, 2,480; Doctoral, 905 (Source)
Enrollment by ethnicity (Fall 2011)
1,582 fulltime and 500 part-time faculty members () dispersed among more than 130 academic departments and more than 80 interdisciplinary research units. (Source)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 15.1 to 1 (Fall, 2009)(Source)
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students: 74% (Fall, 2009) (Source)
Nobel laureates: 22 faculty members, including 9 current faculty.
National and international awards held by faculty.
Number of applicants: 50,312 (Fall 2010) (Source)
4,109 students enrolled (Fall 2010) (Source)
25.6% of applicants admitted (Fall 2010 and Spring 2011) (Source)
4.19 (on a 4.0 scale) median high-school grade point for admitted freshmen (Fall 2010). (Source)
SAT scores: Average SAT Composite score of 2031 for admitted freshmen (Fall 2010).
73% from California (Fall 2010) (Source)
63% from California public high schools (2010) (Source)
25.1% are first generation college student with neither parent having a four-year college degree (Fall 2010) (Source)
66% have at least one parent born outside the U.S. (2009) (Source)
130 academic departments and more than 80 interdisciplinary research units.
Colleges and schools: UC Berkeley is divided into 14 colleges and schools, most of which are subdivided into departments.
Most popular majors (as of Fall 2009): Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 1500 students; Political Science, 916 students; Molecular and Cell Biology, 1020 students; Environmental Science, Policy and Management, 886 students; Economics 828 students. (Source)
Courses offered: More than 7,000 courses in some 350 degree programs; the campus produces more Ph.D.s annually than any other U.S. university. (Cal Facts 2009)
Rankings: 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). From George Breslauer, who forwarded by by Rand Haley, Higher Education practice, Huron Consulting Group (firstname.lastname@example.org).
A 2008 student survey found that 52% of Berkeley seniors have assisted faculty with research or creative projects. (UCUES Survey, 2008)
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. (Source)
Some 64% of undergraduates receive some form of financial aid. For example, in 2008-09, 37 percent of all Berkeley undergrads (Source) were eligible for Pell Grants (family incomes generally less than $45,000 a year). Berkeley educates more of these economically disadvantaged students than all of the Ivy League universities combined. Some 5,700 undergraduates received a total of $33 million in scholarships, many of them privately funded. (Source)
Average undergraduate student budget 2011-2012 (Source)
|Living on campus||Living off campus||Living with
|Tuition & fees||$12,834||$12,834||$12,834|
|Housing & utilities||14,060||7,324||2,472|
|Books & supplies||1,202||1,202||1,202|
|Nonresident tuition & fees supplement||$22,878||$22,878||$22,878|
*Student Health Insurance Plan fee may be waived if proof of adequate coverage is presented.
Average graduate student budget 2011-12 (Source)
|Tuition & fees||$12,836|
|Housing & utilities||10,782|
|Nonresident tuition & fees supplement||15,102|
These figures are estimated averages for the nine-month academic year. The graduate professional fees for Business; Law; Optometry; Public Health; Public Policy; UCB-UCSF Joint Medical Program; Architecture / Landscape Architecture / City & Regional Planning / Urban Design; School of Information; and Social Welfare students will vary from the above depending on the department, degree program, and year in school.
Revenues: $2.4 billion in 2010-11 (Source: Can also call Controller's Office Yaling Li at email@example.com)
- Funding sources, 2008-2009
(includes state research funds):
- State funds: 28.3%
- Tuition & fees: 18.5%
- Federal research: 30.4%
- Private: 8.4%
- Other: 2.1%
- Educational Activities & Aux. Enterprises: 12.3%
- Sources of private funds, 2009-10:
(Source: Jose Rodriguez)
- Alumni, parents, faculty, staff & friends: 44.5%
- Foundations: 32.5%
- Corporations: 14.4%
- Campus-related organizations: 0.3%
- Other sources: 8.3%
Market value of endowment: $2.6 billion (June 2010). (Source) UC Berkeley Foundation announcement is source for June 09 figure
Philanthropic support: The state supplied 47% of the University's budget in 1991-92 and today its contribution comes to less than 20%. Private support is increasingly critical to preserving Berkeley's excellence. Alumni, parents, and friends of the campus contributed $313.1 million in gifts and pledges in the 2009-10 fiscal year to support students, faculty, and research. There were gifts and pledges from 56,800 donors.
In the 2009 fiscal year, Berkeley received $649.46 million in research funding. (Source, OSP annual report)
Inventions/patents as of June 2010: (Source)
- 2,217 total inventions
- 300 active license agreements
- 569 active U.S. patents
- 465 active foreign patents
In 2008, the Association of Research Libraries ranked the UC Berkeley's University Library as the No. 1 public research university library in North America. (Source)
Number of libraries: Three main libraries (Doe, Moffitt, and the Bancroft), 18 subject-specialty libraries, and 11 affiliated libraries (with special collections) make up the UC Berkeley Library system.
Holdings: The Library has over 10 million book volumes, 90,000 current serial publications, 415,900 pamphlets, 5 million microform items, 410,000 maps, 109,000 government documents, 60,000 sound recordings, and 6,350 videos.
The Berkeley Natural History Museums include the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology; the UC Botanical Garden; the Essig Museum of Entomology; the University and Jepson Herbaria; the Museum of Paleontology; the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology; and the Human Evolution Research Center.
Collections: A full listing of Berkeley's many valuable collections of non-book artifacts and objects.
The Berkeley Art Museum houses diverse collections of more than 13,000 objects.
The Pacific Film Archive includes 10,000 films.
Number of teams: 29 men's and women's intercollegiate squads
National team championships won by Cal teams: 84 (Source)
Olympic gold medals won by students and alumni (as individuals and teams): 99; more than 300 Cal students and alumni have participated in the modern Olympic games as athletes and coaches. (Source)
Number of intramural sports offered: 9
Living alumni: 458,000 (June 2010) Cal Facts 2010
Nobel Prizes won by alumni: 28
Famous alumni: Steve Wozniak, cofounder of Apple; Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google; Alice Waters, culinary hero; Maxine Hong Kingston, author of "The Woman Warrior" (see a more extensive list).
Fictional alumni: Jack Bauer, the hero played by Kiefer Sutherland in the hit show "24," supposedly got his Masters of Science in "Criminology and Law" at Berkeley (no such degree is offered). Joanie Caucus of Doonesbury. C.J. Cregg of "The West Wing." Elaine, Mrs. Robinson's daughter in "The Graduate."
Common Data Set: Information on the general campus; enrollment and persistence; first-time, first-year (freshmen) admissions; transfer admissions; academic offerings and policies; student life; annual expenses; financial aid; instructional faculty and class size; and degrees conferred.
Thanks to Berkeley: Cal facts brochure ( 3.34Mb PDF)
University of California systemwide statistics: Statistical summary and data on UC students, faculty, and staff.
NOTE: This site is updated quarterly, using the most recent data available.