31 Aug 2016 | By Overseas Zone
The University of California, Berkeley is a public research university located in Berkeley, California. Founded in 1868, Berkeley offers approximately 350 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and over 35,000 students attend classes in 14 colleges and schools.
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2015–2016 ranks Berkeley 13th in the world for academics and 6th in the world for reputation. In its 2016 edition, U.S. News & World Report ranked Berkeley 3rd in their “Best Global University Rankings”. In 2015, Berkeley was ranked 4th in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) and 26th in the QS World University Rankings. The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) ranked the university 7th in the world based on quality of education, alumni employment, quality of faculty, publications, influence, citations, broad impact, and patents in 2015. In 2016, the Nature Index ranked Berkeley 7th in the world based on research publication output in top tier academic journals in the life sciences, chemistry, earth and environmental sciences and physical sciences based on publication data from 2015.
Students at UC Berkeley live in a variety of housing that cater to personal and academic preferences and styles. The university offers two years of guaranteed housing for entering freshmen, and one year for entering transfer students. The immediately surrounding community offers apartments, Greek (fraternity and sorority) housing and cooperative housing, twenty of which are houses that are members of the Berkeley Student Cooperative.
Berkeley’s 130-plus academic departments and programs are organized into 14 colleges and schools in addition to UC Berkeley Extension. “Colleges” are both undergraduate and graduate, while “Schools” are generally graduate only, though some offer undergraduate majors, minors, or courses.
• 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
• School of Information
• School of Law (Boalt Hall)
• School of Optometry
• School of Public Health
• School of Social Welfare
• Haas School of Business
• Goldman School of Public Policy
• UC Berkeley Extension