University of California, Berkeley: Narrative Description

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Berkeley, CA 94720-1500
Tel: (510)642-6000
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of University of California System. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1868. Setting: 1,232-acre urban campus with easy access to San Francisco. Endowment: $2 billion. Research spending 2003-04: $392.7 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $12,162 per student. Total enrollment: 32,814. Faculty: 1,965 (1,496 full-time, 469 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 36,580 applied, 25% were admitted. 98% from top 10% of their high school class, 100% from top quarter, 100% from top half. Full-time: 21,771 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 1,109 students, 51% women, 49% men. Students come from 53 states and territories, 63 other countries, 12% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 11% Hispanic, 4% black, 41% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 6% 25 or older, 35% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 95% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; engineering/engineering technologies; biological/life sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Holy Names College, Mills College, Dominican College, John F. Kennedy University, San Francisco State University, Sonoma State University, California State University, Hayward. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT or ACT, SAT Subject Tests, SAT II: Writing Test. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadline: 11/30. Notification: 3/31. Preference given to state residents.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $55. State resident tuition: $0 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $16,956 full-time. Mandatory fees: $6730 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. College room and board: $11,630. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 400 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 11% of eligible men and 10% of eligible women are members. Major annual events: Calapolooza, Big Game Week, Student Activities Fair. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, Office of Emergency Preparedness. 10,000 college housing spaces available. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Doe Library plus 30 others with 13.9 million books, 6.4 million microform titles, 181,071 serials, 100,560 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $46.4 million. 700 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The City of Berkeley (population 104,000) has a long history as one of America's most lively, culturally diverse, and politically adventurous cities. The surrounding San Francisco Bay Area offers culture, entertainment, and natural beauty without rival, much of it within easy reach by BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit).