UC Berkeley is a catalyst of economic growth and social innovation. It is the place where the Free Speech movement was launched and the science of nutrition was founded — and where they continue to influence and evolve at trail-blazing institutes.

Berkeley scholars invent technologies for faster computer chips, engineer medicine for global diseases and discover planetary systems across the galaxies. New generations of Berkeley students and scholars cross disciplines to explore questions of culture and history, business and politics, global poverty and environmental change.

The National Research Council gives more of UC Berkeley’s graduate programs top ranks than it does any other U.S. university. Over the last decade, more Berkeley students have won National Science Foundation graduate research fellowships than students at any other school. Twenty-five Berkeley alumni and 21 faculty members have won the Nobel Prize.

Campus life

Overlooking San Francisco Bay, UC Berkeley boasts cutting-edge facilities alongside historic architecture set among redwood groves and sunny meadows. Outside the classrooms, libraries, and labs, students enjoy performances ranging from the world-class Joffrey Ballet to jazz greats Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock, and attend lectures by such influential thinkers as U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former President Bill Clinton. Fans cheer on the Golden Bears football and basketball teams or join in club sports and activities, from rock climbing to windsurfing. San Francisco’s multicultural attractions are only 30 minutes away via Bay Area Rapid Transit.

Graduate students can gear up for UC Berkeley by connecting with the Graduate Diversity Program. The staff provides advice and guidance from the moment you consider graduate studies through the day you receive your degree and prepare to enter the job market.

Campus snapshot

  • Student body: 37,565 total;
    10,439 graduate students
  • Graduate programs: 130+
  • Setting: Urban

Undergraduate research programs

Completing a research project before you apply to graduate school can help you become a competitive applicant. You don't have to be a UC Berkeley student to take advantage of the campus's programs.