University of California--Berkeley is a public institution that was founded in 1868. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 25,951, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 1,232 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of California--Berkeley's ranking in the 2015 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 20. Its in-state tuition and fees are $13,844 (2014-15); out-of-state tuition and fees are $25,064 (2014-15).

Berkeley is a large, primarily residential research university with a majority of enrollments in undergraduate programs but also offers a comprehensive doctoral graduate program.

College of Chemistry
College of Engineering
College of Environmental Design
College of Letters and Science
College of Natural Resources
Graduate School of Education
Graduate School of Journalism
Haas School of Business
Goldman School of Public Policy
School of Information
School of Law (Boalt Hall)
School of Optometry
School of Public Health
School of Social Welfare
UC Berkeley Extension

UC Berkeley does not have a medical school; however, the university offers the UC Berkeley – UCSF Joint Medical Program with the University of California, San Francisco, a standalone medical school that is located nearby.

UC Berkeley receives funding from a variety of sources, including federal and state authorities, and private donors. With the exception of government contracts, public money is proportioned to UC Berkeley and the other 9 universities of the University of California system through the UC Office of the President.

Students of UC Berkeley may receive a variety of federal, state, university and/or private aid. Types of aid include scholarships, research and teaching opportunities, fellowships, grants, loans, and federal work-study. Some aid is needs-based, while other aid is merit-based. There are aid options available for United States citizens and non-citizens alike, regardless of documentation status. Resources and advice on the many forms of financial aid available to students and prospective students of UC Berkeley, both undergraduate and graduate, and international students


UC Berkeley offers a scholarship for undocumented undergraduate students, called the Berkeley Undergraduate Dream Act Scholarship