Learn what it means to Be Berkeley and about campus life directly from our students.
When you become a Golden Bear, you connect with a long tradition of academic excellence and community pride.
Come to UC Berkeley, the world’s premier public university. Study with Nobel laureate faculty at top research facilities. Meet the best students from the United States and around the globe. And graduate with a diploma that introduces you to a family of more than 450,000 alumni.
At Berkeley, learning opportunities present themselves both in and out of the classroom. Giving back to the community and participating in campus life are vital aspects to the Cal culture. You’ll find yourself among leaders of all kinds: Peace Corps volunteers, non-profit founders, student-government presidents, scholarship winners, and club organizers.
Berkeley or, as we fondly call our school, “Cal,” has a proud tradition of team spirit!
This is Bear Territory. We produced 46 Olympians in the 2012 Summer Olympics, and won 17 medals. Berkeley is a member of the PAC-12 Division I Conference. We have 27 men's and women's intercollegiate squads and have won 79 national championships. Wear your blue and gold to watch the Cal Bears (link is external) fight it out on the football field, tennis court or track.
UC Berkeley is situated in one of the world's most beautiful and diverse locations - a unique setting guaranteed to enrich your college experience. You are a 20-minute train ride from the world-class destination of San Francisco, within walking distance of the diverse City of Berkeley, and a four-hour ride from the Sierra Nevada Mountains.