The No.1 Public University in AmericaSimply the best.
There is no other way to aptly describe America's top public university. There is no other way to describe one of the elite academic settings in the world - especially one that also includes one of America's most successful athletic departments.
The University of California blends the best of all worlds. Overlooking the scenic San Francisco Bay and ranked as the nation's top public university by U.S. News and World Report, the flagship campus of the state of California also features an athletic program that annually finishes among the leaders in the Directors' Cup standings, which rates the overall success of America's collegiate athletic departments. Cal earned its highest ranking ever in the Directors' Cup standings for the 2010-11 season at No. 3.
Cal attracts what many believe to be the finest applicant pool in the United States featuring a diverse student body population. The University of California is divided into 14 colleges and schools offering 351 degree programs and over 7,000 courses, with 48 of the school's 52 graduate programs ranked among America's Top 10. Cal's 52 programs among the Top 10 is No. 1 among all universities in the country, as is its 32 "distinguished" programs, as rated by the National Research Council. The University's library is ranked as the No. 1 public research library in the country by the Association of Research Libraries with over 10 million volumes in 32 campus libraries.
The current faculty features eight Nobel Laureates, 137 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 32 MacArthur Fellows, 74 Fulbright Scholars, four Pulitzer Prize winners and 356 Guggenheim Fellows, more than any other university in America.
Berkeley and the Bay Area
Berkeley is a part of the San Francisco Bay Area major metropolitan area of approximately 7.5 million people. The region is considered one of the most beautiful in the world and includes the major cities of San Francisco and Oakland, as well as Berkeley, home of the world-renowned University of California. Just south are San Jose and the Silicon Valley, home to many of the world's most famous high-tech companies.
The Bay Area also lies within easy driving distance of the high Sierra resorts of Lake Tahoe and Yosemite, the Monterey Peninsula and the world famous Napa wine country. Everyone knows San Francisco, a.k.a. "The City," from the numerous photographs, movies and television shows that capture its magic and beauty. It is a city built on a series of more than 40 hills, offering panoramic views of every kind. The hub of a nine-county region and the financial and insurance capital of the world, San Francisco has a resident population of just over 800,000 and is situated on a 46.9-square mile peninsula bounded by water on three sides - to the west by the Pacific Ocean, the north by the Golden Gate strait, and from north to east by the San Francisco Bay. San Francisco has been named the world's top city twice and the top city in the U.S. in 20 of the last 21 years by Condé Nast Traveler.
The San Francisco Bay is spanned by two landmarks, the Golden Gate and San Francisco-Oakland Bay bridges, the latter which is currently undergoing a spectacular renovation of the east span, and graced by four islands: Alcatraz, Angel, Treasure and Yerba Buena. The area is easily navigated by car, BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), bus or ferry, making it easily accessible to all.
Winning is a Cal tradition!
Through the 2010-11 seasons, Cal has claimed 82 national team titles in 15 different sports and has 235 individual (146), crew (47), swimming relay (32), tennis doubles (14) and track relay (3) national champions. In all, Golden Bear student-athletes have won 146 individual national titles while competing in boxing, men's and women's track & field, men's and women's tennis, men's gymnastics, men's and women's swimming, and women's golf.
Cal consistently ranks among the best overall athletic departments in the country. The Bears finished in the top 10 in the annual Directors' Cup standings six years in a row from 2006-11, including a program-best third in 2011.
Cal student-athletes and coaches can also be seen excelling at the international level. A total of 46 Golden Bears participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and brought home 17 medals. Overall, Cal has accumulated 159 Olympic medals, 91 of which are gold.