University of California, Berkeley is the leading public university in the country. Berkeley’s reputation for academic excellence combined with its beautiful campus and Northern California location make it a unique and exciting educational experience. The roots of the University of California go back to the gold rush days of 1849, when the drafters of the State Constitution, a group of vigorous and farsighted people, required the legislature to “encourage by all suitable means the promotion of intellectual, scientific, moral and agricultural improvement” of the people of California.
- Alumni include Steve Wozniak, cofounder of Apple and Beverly Cleary, a famous children’s author.
- Over 19 million fossil samples are housed in the Berkeley museum collections.
- At approximately 1,232 acres, the Berkeley campus is larger than Disney World.