Top 10 Reasons To Attend Cal
1. World-Class Faculty
Even as a first-year student, you may find yourself in a classroom with one of Cal's eight Nobel Laureates, 122 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 19 MacArthur Fellows, 81 Fulbright Scholars or 3 Pulitzer Prize winners.
2. World-Class Students
Cal draws its undergraduates from the best high school and community college students, and from every state and some 75 foreign countries. Among each entering class are nearly 200 National Merit Finalists and scores of other students who have already distinguished themselves in their academic and extracurricular careers.
3. Diversity and Variety
The University believes that a broad diversity of student experiences, backgrounds, interests and strengths will ultimately enhance the educational experience of all of its students. In fact, Cal is remarkable in that no single racial, ethnic or cultural group forms a majority of its students.
4. A Marketable Degree
When you are ready to graduate, Cal's reputation may take on new importance. Hundreds of recruiters visit campus each spring, hoping to employ talented new Berkeley graduates.
5. Education Comes First
Although Cal is well known for its stellar graduate programs, undergraduate teaching is a campus priority. Most professors enjoy having an opportunity to introduce undergraduates to their fields of study, and nearly half of all courses offered at the undergraduate level have 25 students or fewer.
6. Over 100 Undergraduate Majors
Cal offers undergraduates a choice of more than 100 different areas of study in which to major.
7. Top-Notch Facilities
Many of the same laboratories, libraries and specialized equipment used to conduct ground-breaking research are also available to Cal undergraduates. With well over 8 million volumes, Cal's library holdings are the fourth largest in North America. Students also have access to state-of-the-art computer labs and excellent sports and recreational facilities.
8. Organizations and Endless Opportunities
Regardless of your academic or social interests, you're likely to find other students who join in your enthusiasm. If you can't find a club that matches your interests, you can always start your own.
9. Berkeley and the Bay Area
It's hard to imagine a place more stimulating than Berkeley, as the Bay Area forms an extraordinary environment for all types of educational, artistic and recreational pursuits. If you want to head into San Francisco, the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is just a few blocks away. Regardless of what you choose to do, you won't find a more temperate climate or a more beautiful setting.
10. Athletic Excellence
Cal consistently ranks in the Top 20 among more than 300 Division I schools in the Sears Directors' Cup standings, which measure a school's level of success. Eleven Cal teams claimed national Top 10 finishes last year, and six coaches earned conference coach of the year honors.