University of California-Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

University of California-Berkeley

200 California Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
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University of California-Berkeley Summary

What makes University of California-Berkeley unique?

The University of California Berkeley or UC Berkeley is a public institution that was founded in 1868. Located in Berkeley, California, this school was the first campus that was built in the University of California System and offers over 130 academic departments and 80 interdisciplinary research groups with the business school, computer engineering, and biological sciences programs ranking in the top nationally. UC Berkeley has a total undergraduate enrollment of around 32,000 students that take classes according to a semester-based academic calendar. Prospective students should note that California residents receive in-state tuition at a much lower rate than applicants from out-of-state. 

UC Berkeley has a history of student-based political action and discussion, and was the center of the Free Speech Movement, which began in 1964 and fueled opposition to segregation and the Vietnam War. The graduation rate at UC Berkeley is an impressive 91.9%, thanks in part to the student-to-faculty ratio of 19:1. 

UC Berkeley is known for its campus architecture, but the University Botanical Garden also draws international attention with over 10,000 types of plant species. Beyond academics, UC Berkeley athletic teams, represented by their campus mascot Oski the Bear, compete in the PAC-12 with an annual football rivalry with Stanford. Notable alumni include U.S. women’s soccer star Alex Morgan, actor Gregory Peck, and the legendary queen of Americana cuisine, Alice Waters.

University of California-Berkeley Review

A- Excellent
4.14285 Based on 35 Reviews
Career Preparation
B+
Students and Culture
A
Facilities
A
Activities and Groups
A

Degree Overview

Check out the most popular majors and specific degrees students have earned at University of California-Berkeley.

*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.

3348 Human and Social Sciences Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
African-American/Black Studies
 
17
5
 
5
American Indian/Native American Studies
 
2
 
 
 
American/United States Studies/Civilization
 
87
 
 
 
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
 
0
 
 
 
Anthropology
 
103
8
 
12
Anthropology, Other
 
 
 
 
3
Asian Studies/Civilization
 
24
2
 
0
Asian-American Studies
 
0
 
 
 
Buddhist Studies
 
 
 
 
2
Chinese Language and Literature
 
6
1
 
1
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology
 
48
6
 
3
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
 
1
4
 
4
Cognitive Science
 
342
 
 
 
Comparative Literature
 
16
1
 
6
Demography and Population Studies
 
 
20
 
2
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
 
6
 
 
 
Ethnic Studies
 
44
2
 
4
Folklore Studies
 
 
4
 
 
Health Policy Analysis
 
 
 
 
2
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
 
9
 
 
 
History, General
 
135
6
 
15
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
 
0
 
 
 
International/Global Studies
 
76
24
 
 
Jewish/Judaic Studies
 
 
 
 
0
Latin American Studies
 
5
0
 
 
Linguistics
 
63
7
 
4
Logic
 
 
 
 
0
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
 
115
0
53
5
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
 
6
0
 
5
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
 
74
 
 
 
Philosophy
 
103
1
 
1
Political Science and Government, General
 
478
17
 
17
Psychology, General
 
0
0
 
0
Public Policy Analysis, General
 
 
134
 
2
Religion/Religious Studies
 
2
 
 
 
Religion/Religious Studies, Other
 
 
 
 
0
Research and Experimental Psychology, Other
 
232
6
 
22
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
 
 
 
 
0
Social Sciences, Other
 
251
0
 
1
Social Work
 
128
91
26
3
Sociology
 
313
8
 
17
Sustainability Studies
 
 
20
 
 
Urban Studies/Affairs
 
53
 
 
 
Women's Studies
 
27
 
 
 

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

2936 Engineering Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Architectural Technology/Technician
 
 
55
 
 
Architecture
 
137
7
 
6
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
 
158
86
 
30
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
 
 
0
 
0
Chemical Engineering
 
126
47
 
16
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
 
 
50
 
6
Civil Engineering, General
 
91
220
 
26
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
 
442
154
 
46
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering, Other
 
 
9
 
 
Engineering Science
 
18
 
 
 
Engineering, General
 
 
14
 
9
Engineering, Other
 
14
 
 
 
Environmental Design/Architecture
 
23
 
 
 
Environmental Science
 
68
 
 
 
Environmental Studies
 
333
49
 
27
Environmental Toxicology
 
 
3
 
5
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
 
7
 
 
 
Landscape Architecture
 
22
0
 
 
Manufacturing Engineering
 
0
 
 
 
Materials Science
 
40
30
 
14
Mechanical Engineering
 
164
130
 
53
Natural Resources/Conservation, General
 
105
29
 
 
Nuclear Engineering
 
21
20
 
8
Real Estate Development
 
 
16
 
 
Topology and Foundations
 
 
 
 
2

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

2166 Business Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Business Administration and Management, General
 
344
590
 
13
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
 
 
0
0
 
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
 
517
2
 
21
Economics, General
 
202
0
 
3
Operations Research
 
98
370
 
6

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

2148 Mathematics and Science Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Actuarial Science
 
 
0
 
 
Astronomy
 
 
0
 
 
Astrophysics
 
36
10
 
8
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
 
2
 
 
 
Biochemistry
 
 
0
 
2
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
 
 
0
 
0
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
 
255
3
 
14
Biophysics
 
 
0
 
12
Biostatistics
 
 
14
 
8
Botany/Plant Biology
 
9
0
 
5
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
 
687
1
 
36
Chemistry, General
 
152
5
 
76
Computational Biology
 
 
 
 
3
Endocrinology
 
 
1
 
1
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
 
19
 
 
 
Environmental Health
 
 
0
 
0
Epidemiology
 
 
2
 
5
Financial Mathematics
 
 
79
 
 
Geography
 
0
0
 
0
Geology/Earth Science, General
 
11
9
 
9
Geophysics and Seismology
 
8
 
 
 
Mathematics, General
 
87
7
 
30
Microbiology, General
 
41
1
 
18
Neuroscience
 
 
2
 
8
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
 
4
 
 
 
Physical Sciences
 
0
 
 
 
Physics, General
 
131
31
 
41
Planetary Astronomy and Science
 
0
 
 
 
Statistics, General
 
224
32
 
9

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

1099 Education and Liberal Arts Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Applied Mathematics, General
 
311
 
 
6
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
 
30
1
 
7
Celtic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
 
2
 
 
 
Chinese Language and Literature
 
6
1
 
1
Dutch/Flemish Language and Literature
 
0
 
 
 
Education, General
 
 
17
56
32
Education, Other
 
 
 
 
4
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
 
 
23
 
0
English Language and Literature, General
 
282
2
 
14
Exercise Physiology
 
1
 
 
 
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
 
4
3
 
5
French Language and Literature
 
13
3
 
1
German Language and Literature
 
5
5
 
5
Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
 
42
2
 
3
Italian Language and Literature
 
6
1
 
1
Japanese Language and Literature
 
13
1
 
5
Latin Language and Literature
 
0
 
 
 
Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
 
9
 
 
 
Rhetoric and Composition
 
79
1
 
4
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
 
 
 
 
0
Scandinavian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
 
2
1
 
0
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
 
6
3
 
3
Spanish Language and Literature
 
0
 
 
 
Special Education and Teaching, General
 
 
 
 
3
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
 
 
74
 
 

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

1082 Computer Technology Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Computer and Information Sciences, Other
 
49
 
 
 
Computer Science
 
701
23
 
39
Information Science/Studies
 
 
266
 
4

634 Healthcare Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
 
 
 
 
0
Nutrition Sciences
 
82
1
 
2
Optometry
 
 
 
19
66
Public Health, General
 
184
258
 
9
Toxicology
 
0
0
 
2
Vision Science/Physiological Optics
 
 
1
 
10

309 Communication and Media Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Design and Visual Communications, General
 
 
0
 
 
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
 
 
55
 
 
Journalism
 
 
0
 
 
Mass Communication/Media Studies
 
254
 
 
 

230 Art and Design Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Dance, General
 
5
 
 
 
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
 
40
1
 
2
Film/Cinema/Video Studies
 
65
0
 
2
Fine/Studio Arts, General
 
65
5
 
 
Music, General
 
38
4
 
3

88 Agriculture Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Agricultural Economics
 
 
11
 
8
Agricultural Engineering
 
0
 
 
 
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences, Other
 
 
0
 
0
Forest Management/Forest Resources Management
 
18
 
 
 
Forest Sciences and Biology
 
1
 
 
 
Forestry, General
 
 
2
 
 
Natural Resources and Conservation, Other
 
0
 
 
 
Natural Resources Conservation and Research, Other
 
40
0
 
7
Natural Resources Management and Policy
 
0
 
 
 
Range Science and Management
 
 
1
 
 

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Online Programs

Check out the online programs offered at University of California-Berkeley.

Program
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering, Other
 
 
 
 
Public Health, General
 
 
 
 

Accreditation Information

This institution is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission
Specialized Institution Accreditations
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Didactic Program in Dietetics
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
  • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
American Optometric Association, Accreditation Council on Optometric Education
  • Optometry (OPT) - Professional degree programs
  • Optometry (OPTR) - Residency programs (School of Optometry)
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
  • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs (Tang Center - Counseling and Psychological Services)
  • School Psychology (SCPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
Council on Education for Public Health
  • Public Health (PHBG) - Baccalaureate and Graduate level school of public health

* Source data obtained from U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post-secondary Education (OPE)

Alumni & Student Reviews

B+ Great
Career Preparation

What letter grade would you give your school on how well it prepares students for a career in the real world?

3.6 Based on 35 Reviews
  • Alumni
    Engineering Science, Class of 2015

    Career fairs Online searchable database

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Genetics, Class of 1970

    Don't know. Graduated long time ago

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Biophysics, Class of 1991

    Meeting alums, internships, interschool opportunities, studies abroad, career counseling, lab/applied classes.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Humanities, Class of 1983

    Internships and public-private partnerships plus alumni networking.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Psychology, Class of 2003

    None that I can remember

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Political Science, Class of 1982

    Ideally, the ability to think.

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Chemical Biology, Class of 2013

    Career Office, employer fairs, employment portal.

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Sociology, Class of 1990

    There were employment recruiters on campus, but other than that, in 1990, I don't recall a whole lot of preparation for "the real world" for students with ambiguous liberal arts degrees

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Linguistics , Class of 2004

    It's hard to say what they provide students nowadays. There was a career fair when I was there. The Alumni Association has a lot of networking.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    MS Electrical Engineering, Class of 1981

    Reputation as one of the best schools in the world

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    BS, Class of 1977

    Don't know about now; not very good then.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Cognitive Science, Class of 2006

    There is a career center and there are on campus interviews for companies

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    PhD- Molecular and Cell Biology, Class of 2002

    extensive alumni connections, elite technical training at graduate level

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Anthropology, Class of 2011

    Not much in the realm of anthropology

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Political Science, Class of 1980

    No idea. None I can recall from when I attended.

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    BS Agricultural Economics, Class of 1980

    Not sure about today, but I thought UCD prepared the student for more school vs. "real world"

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    mathematics, Class of 1980

    I am not familiar with what is available now.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    BA, Sociology, Class of 2003

    First class curriculum, accessible faculty, internship opportunities

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    pre law / environmental studies, Class of 1996

    reading, writing, presentations, working in groups, technical skills, depending on the class

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    EECS, Class of 1990

    What do they provide now? I have no idea. My data is 25 years old. Back then they had career fairs and onsite corporate interviews.

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Business, Class of 1996

    Haas Career Center and Undergrad Career Center

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Sociology, Class of 2002

    I don't recall any when I attended.

    4 Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Students and Culture

What letter grade would you give the students/culture at your school?

4.3714285714286 Based on 35 Reviews
  • Alumni
    History of Art, Class of 1995

    Diverse. Fun. Best in class.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Genetics, Class of 1970

    Diverse, pursuit of good education

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Social Welfare, Class of 1996

    I made most of my closest friends once I entered my career. I do not have close ties to anyone from UCB.

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Math, political science, Class of 2005

    Can't meaningfully summarize in this little box in the time I care to spend here, unfortunately

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Political Science, Class of 1982

    It's very competitive now. Back then, it was just big and easy to get lost in the pack.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Chemical Biology, Class of 2013

    Students were open minded and diverse.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Linguistics , Class of 2004

    It's a big school, so you can always make friends.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    English, Class of 1988

    Intelligent, liberal, more open-minded, serious about school, socially conscious

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Development Studies, Class of 2007

    Active student body, many extracurricular activities and organizations. Academic focus.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Integrative Biology, Class of 2014

    liberal tryhards that are mostly good people but a little to apt to get offended and a little to stressed to be that nice

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Cognitive Science, Class of 2006

    Diverse student body, liberal students, very competitive

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Anthropology, Class of 2011

    laid back yet determined and prosperous at the same time

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Enhlish, Class of 2005

    Every person is for themselves. Very isolating place.

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Business, Class of 1996

    very hard working, driven, street smart. but CAL wasn't a school like Stanford that has built in networking w/Alums. it took more time to develop for me.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Sociology, Class of 2002

    I am not entirely sure what this question means, but I remember UCD as being a school with a diverse assortment of people from all ages and cultures.

    4 Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Facilities

What letter grade would you give the facilities at your school.

4.2857142857143 Based on 35 Reviews
  • Alumni
    Engineering Science, Class of 2015

    Lots of libraries, small dorms, lots of dining halls of varying quality

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    BS EE, Class of 1972

    everything that you would expect

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    MA Folklore, Class of 2010

    Library, basement computer lab, folklore archive.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Legal Studies, Class of 1986

    The dorms were old but they have constructed some new residence halls.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Political Science, Class of 1982

    C'mon - our computers had punch cards then. I assume things have been upgraded since then.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Chemical Biology, Class of 2013

    They were average depending on the facility. Some were great others were not so much. It was up to the student to find out where to go.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Sociology, Class of 1990

    Again, this was 25 years ago. At the time it seemed fairly advanced - I could not even speak to what it is like now. I am sure it is quite cutting edge

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    English, Class of 1988

    All sufficient, the new dorm/suites were very nice, there's been a lot of improvements since I attended school there.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Development Studies, Class of 2007

    Normal. Student cooperatives are great.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Cognitive Science, Class of 2006

    Facilities are moderate but efficient. There are some computer labs, the dorms can house most incoming freshman, dining halls were recently renovated when I was a student

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    PhD- Molecular and Cell Biology, Class of 2002

    was a graduate student, did not use much of these beyond classrooms. Those were excellent

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    BS Agricultural Economics, Class of 1980

    Very nice and continually upgraded

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    mathematics, Class of 1980

    varied - some are state of the art, others are a bit long in the tooth.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    pre law / environmental studies, Class of 1996

    a bit run down but full of character.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Business, Class of 1996

    Everything was pretty good at Haas. Modern, new business school when i was there and i stayed in super plush School for Deaf, Clark Kerr dorm.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Biomedical Science , Class of 2002

    Good, upgraded dorms, nice science facility.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Sociology, Class of 2002

    I remember them as being excellent.

    5 Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Activities and Groups

What overall letter grade would you give the activities/groups at your school?

4.3142857142857 Based on 35 Reviews
  • Alumni
    Economics, Class of 1980

    study abroad is very good

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Social Welfare, Class of 1996

    I did not participate. I had a small child and was focused on getting a degree rapidly.

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Humanities, Class of 1983

    Every imaginable social group and interest club.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Legal Studies, Class of 1986

    There is something for everyone.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Political Science, Class of 1982

    Trying to steal the axe from Stanford.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Linguistics , Class of 2004

    Not sure. There are so many.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    English, Class of 1988

    There were a lot of unique people from the community who would hang around campus like the polka dot man and the poetry lady. There were a lot of mentally ill and homeless in the area too. There were student groups for pretty much every type of person.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Cognitive Science, Class of 2006

    I'm not familiar with any particular groups, but would say there are probably many more group activities than the typical school

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Anthropology, Class of 2011

    I loved working with some of the student run organizations

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Political Science, Class of 1980

    This question isn't relevant to someone who graduated 35 years ago

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Enhlish, Class of 2005

    A large variety of cultural clubs and organizations.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    BS Agricultural Economics, Class of 1980

    Not sure about unique, but environment was full of activities, etc.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    BA, Sociology, Class of 2003

    various clubs for social change and diversity and inclusion, D1 sports teams, long-standing school traditions

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    pre law / environmental studies, Class of 1996

    athletic events, parties, public discussions

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Business, Class of 1996

    I don't know, been a long time. really broad question.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Sociology, Class of 2002

    I didn't really attend the activities.

    3 Rated January 2016
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Questions & Answers

Who are the notable alumni?
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  • Before Gregory Peck played Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, John Cho took on a title role in the Harold and Kumar series, and Chris Pine landed the coveted part of James Tiberius Kirk in the reboot of Star Trek, these three actors all earned English degrees at Cal. And his MBA in economics and management undoubtedly influenced the career of Scott Adams, first in the corporate world and then as the creator of the comic strip “Dilbert.” Other famous folks who once made the campus home include Girlfriends’ Guide series writer Vicki Iovine, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, Pong (the videogame, not the beer contest) creator Allan Alcorn, former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, and Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

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What is the campus setting like?
1 Answer
  • Bright minds from throughout the world come to this urban academic oasis overlooking the San Francisco Bay. They enter a place known not only for top-notch facilities but also for plenty of activity outside the classroom. The university boasts more than 1,000 student organizations, and roughly 10 percent of undergrads go Greek. Lambda Chi Alpha’s Daffodil Festival has been a popular spring event since the 1940s when the beautiful yellow flowers first began being sold around campus to raise money for charity. But what often comes to mind when people think of Cal is its liberal student activism. Berkeley gained national attention in 1964 for The Free Speech Movement, a student protest in response to the administration’s ban on political activity. Since then, Cal students have been vocal about many causes, ranging from women’s rights to ending apartheid in South Africa.

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What are the online learning and extension/adult learning opportunities?
1 Answer
  • From mystery fiction to biological psychology, UC Berkeley offers a variety of undergraduate classes online. Companies often turn to Cal to provide training for their employees in areas such as leadership, team facilitation, and sales. And if you want to earn a certificate in a field such as graphic design, drug and alcohol abuse studies, construction management, or teaching English as a second language, Cal likely has a professional program to suit your schedule.

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What are the athletic highlights?
1 Answer
  • Before Aaron Rodgers became a Green Bay Packer, he served as quarterback for the Golden Bears. But the sports program covers a much greater range than just football. As of 2015, Cal athletic history included 89 national team titles in 15 different sports. The rugby team has been a powerhouse since the 1980s with no signs of letting up in the 21st century. The outstanding swimming and diving program has produced the likes of Matt Biondi, Mary Meagher, Natalie Coughlin, and Missy Franklin. What gets the average Cal student most excited, though, are any contests against rival Stanford University.

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What are the school's academic highlights?
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  • Pick any academic discipline and Cal likely has been a player in its advancement. Credit Cal professors for discovering both Vitamin E and Vitamin K, drafting no-fault divorce law, setting up the Western Hemisphere’s first string of seismographic stations to monitor earthquakes, and inventing canned fruit cocktail. During World War II, physics professor J. Robert Oppenheimer directed the U.S. government laboratory at Los Alamos, New Mexico— site of the atomic bomb development. Today, the university continues to impact the world with its research, which spans from the role of copper in neuron signaling to the potential of using renewable energy technologies in urban areas.

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