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.
Arts & Culture
Bay Area and Berkeley
Discover what makes Berkeley, well, Berkeley - pizza co-ops, independent bookshops, architectural wonders, eclectic live music venues, farmer’s markets, idyllic swimming holes, breathtaking scenic lookouts, charming neighborhoods, and more. Enjoy exploring a college town nestled in a bustling city. And should you want to discover further, Oakland and San Francisco are just a short BART ride away. And within 40 miles you’ll have access to the Napa Valley, with hundreds of wineries and gourmet food, as well as the tech hub of Silicon Valley.
Cal’s Division I athletic program is legendary. And at Berkeley, it is tradition to cheer on the California Golden Bears. In recent years, our women’s basketball team has made it to the Final Four, the NFL and NBA have drafted Cal football and men’s basketball players, and many athletes in soccer and swimming have gone on to win world championships and olympic medals. As the Fall semester nears, Cal’s students and fans are ready to storm the historic California Memorial Stadium to scream “Roll on you Bears!” to our football team.