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UC Berkeley

The University of California was founded in 1868, born out of a vision in the State Constitution of a university that would "contribute even more than California's gold to the glory and happiness of advancing generations." From a group of academic pioneers in 1868 to the Free Speech Movement in 1964, Berkeley is a place where the brightest minds from across the globe come together to explore, ask questions and improve the world. 

An Undergraduate Experience Like No Other

The University of California, Berkeley, is the No. 1 public university in the world. Over 35,000 students attend classes in 14 colleges and schools, offering 350 degree programs. Set the pace with your colleagues and community, and set the bar for giving back.

Life at Berkeley doesn't stand still. With over 35,000 students from around the world and a vibrant urban setting, it's no wonder the campus community talks about a "fear of missing out." Jump in and find out how dynamic and interconnected life at Berkeley can be.

Daily activities, performances and events are open to the campus community and the general public. Expand your mind, stroll through the redwoods and root for the Golden Bears.


These principles of community for the University of California, Berkeley, are rooted in our mission of teaching, research and public service. They reflect our passion for critical inquiry, debate, discovery and innovation, and our deep commitment to contributing to a better world. Every member of the UC Berkeley community has a role in sustaining a safe, caring and humane environment in which these values can thrive.

We place honesty and integrity in our teaching, learning, research and administration at the highest level.

We recognize the intrinsic relationship between diversity and excellence in all our endeavors.

We affirm the dignity of all individuals and strive to uphold a just community in which discrimination and hate are not tolerated.

We are committed to ensuring freedom of expression and dialogue that elicits the full spectrum of views held by our varied communities.

We respect the differences as well as the commonalities that bring us together and call for civility and respect in our personal interactions.

We believe that active participation and leadership in addressing the most pressing issues facing our local and global communities are central to our educational mission.

We embrace open and equitable access to opportunities for learning and development as our obligation and goal.

Furthermore, each school has their own specific mission statement.


Stanford Axe: The Stanford Axe first appeared at a California-Stanford baseball game on April 15, 1899. The axe was brandished in the Stanford rooting section and captured by Cal fans at the game's end. In the 1930s it was made into the trophy for the annual Big Game.

Big Game rally: Before 1916, the rally was the one time that the Stanford Axe would be removed from its vault. The "Axe" rally is now held only when Berkeley, not Stanford, is in possession of the Axe; otherwise it's called the Big Game rally.

Card stunts: At the Big Game of 1914, colored cards supplied to Cal fans were held up in the rooting section according to direction to make a pattern. Over time card stunts became more elaborate, including the "Cal script," in which a huge "Cal" appeared to be written.

The Big "C": The Big "C" in the hills above campus was built in 1905 by the 1907 and 1908 classes. Sophomores were responsible for keeping the C clean and painted gold. On the night before a Stanford game or coast championship, the C was guarded through the night.

Golden Bears: In 1895 a 12-man track team became the first Cal team to compete outside the state. They carried banners with the state’s emblem, a grizzly bear, in gold. The athletes won several meets, and the Golden Bear became the mythical guardian of the university.

Victory Cannon: The Victory Cannon was donated by the class of 1964 in time for the 1963 football season. The gun appeared at all home games and was fired at the Big Game whenever the football team scored a touchdown or safety, kicked a field goal or won a game.

4.0 ball: The stone ball in front of the Campanile is more than a century old, but this tradition is much newer. Just a few years ago, students began referring to the sphere as the "4.0 ball." Rubbing it before taking an exam is considered good luck.

Daffodil festival: Each spring, Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity sponsors the weeklong Daffodil Festival, selling the yellow flowers on campus for charity since 1946. In the past a Daffodil Queen was crowned at week's end.

Student Life: 

Whether you live in a high-rise residence hall with friends, with family in university family housing, or in an off-campus apartment, your home at UC Berkeley is an important - and exciting - part of your college experience.

Search over 1,000 student groups registered with the ASUC and Graduate Assembly, and connect with other students who share your interests.

The CalGreeks community is comprised of 3,400 life-long, undergraduate members in over 60 local, national, and international fraternities and sororities. In addition to their chapters, members have the opportunity to participate and take leadership roles in CalGreeks affinity groups and governing councils.

Intramural Sports offers you the opportunity to participate in your favorite sport on a competitive or recreational level. Leagues are available in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor sports year-round at various competitive and recreational levels; including basketball, soccer, flag football, softball, volleyball, ultimate, and dodgeball. 



Oski the Bear
Beloved mascot Oski was named for a cheer that began, "Oski wow wow! Whiskey wee wee!" Originally, real bear cubs served as mascots, but their growth posed obvious problems. Oski as we know him debuted at a 1941 freshman rally.

UC Berkeley today:

Berkeley is home to some of the world's greatest minds leading more than 130 academic departments and 80 interdisciplinary research units and addressing the world’s most pertinent challenges. The University of California, Berkeley has 170 academic departments and programs across 14 schools.


UC Berkeley has more than 27,100 undergraduates and 10,400 graduate students.

Famous graduates:

Steve Wozniak (born August 11, 1950): In partnership with his friend Steve Jobs, Wozniak invented the Apple I computer. The pair founded Apple Computers in 1976 with Ronald Wayne, releasing some of the first personal computers on the market. Wozniak also personally developed the next model, Apple II, which established Apple as a major player in microcomputing.

Aaron Rodgers (born December 2, 1983) enrolled in Butte College after high school, where he led a vaunted offensive attack. A year later, he went to the University of California at Berkeley, where he was a star player for two years before being drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 2005. In 2011, he led the famed team to victory in Super Bowl XLV.

Interesting facts about Tufts University:

Standing at 307 feet tall, the Campanile (also referred to as Sather Tower) is the third tallest bell and clock tower in the world.

A gold nugget found at the Bancroft Library is believed to be the the piece of gold that John Marshall discovered on January 24, 1848 to set off the California Gold Rush. 

The Free Speech Movement started in 1964 at UC Berkeley and led to a college campus phenomenon that was first inspired by the struggle for civil rights and fueled by opposition to the Vietnam War.