A university of great distinction


No. 1

public university in 2022–23 U.S. News & World Report global rankings

  1. Harvard
  2. MIT
  3. Stanford
  5. Oxford

Fall 2023 enrollment




graduate students

Faculty honors

238 American Academy of Arts and Sciences

73 National Academy of Engineering

30 National Medal of Science

145 National Academy of Sciences

44 American Philosophical Society

Nobel pursuits

More than 60 Nobel Prize winners (faculty and alumni) have been affiliated with Berkeley over the course of its history.


World-class education


Library excellence

  • 14.2 million volumes
  • 400+ languages represented in collections
  • 1 million+ visits to Moffitt Library last year

Teaching and research

  • Approximately 10,000 graduate and undergraduate courses
  • Nearly 400 degree programs
  • Among the top Ph.D.-granting institutions in the world
  • 59 modern and ancient languages taught
  • 48 percent of undergraduates responding to a survey assisted faculty in research or had completed at least one research methods course

A research powerhouse


2023 graduate research fellowships (National Science Foundation)

  • 106 Berkeley
  • 83 Stanford
  • 68 Harvard
  • 29 Yale

U.S. News & World Report 2024 Best Global Universities rankings

#1 undergraduate programs in psychology, environmental/environmental health, civil engineering, data analytics/science, and economics

#1 graduate programs in part-time M.B.A., civil engineering, environmental/environmental health engineering, intellectual property law, chemistry (including inorganic, physical, and theoretical chemistry), computer science, English (including ​​American literature after 1865 and gender and literature), history (including cultural history), psychology (including cognitive psychology and social psychology), public policy analysis, social policy, and sociology

Drawing brilliant young faculty


467 Hellman Fellows

since 1995 (77% of whom remain at Berkeley), a distinction that provides research funding to promising early career faculty who show capacity for great distinction in their chosen fields


9 assistant professors named 2024 Sloan Research Fellows, the largest cohort from any single university in 2024

An impact beyond the classroom


A longstanding commitment to public service

6,000+ students served community-based organizations, government offices, and schools in 2022–23

3,700+ Peace Corps volunteers from Berkeley since 1961

15 social action programs on campus

300+ community partners

A leader in sustainability

87% of students walk, bike, or take public transit to campus

6 sites with solar panels (and more underway) contribute toward a campus goal to reduce our carbon footprint by 90% by 2045

29% of food served in our dining halls is sustainably sourced, and 30% is plant-based

40+ environmental student organizations are offered on campus

95% of campus grounds are managed organically

800 undergraduate courses are sustainability-focused

The Cal family

First-year students (Fall 2023)

  • 12% of applicants admitted
  • 76% from California
  • 30% of new freshmen from families in which neither parent has a four-year college degree
  • 3.92 average unweighted high school GPA

Engaging alumni and parents

  • 576,525 living Berkeley alumni
  • 39,293 alumni gave to Berkeley in 2022–23
  • 100,000 Cal Alumni Association members
  • 31,000 Cal Parents families

Athletic achievement

  • 30 men’s and women’s teams
  • 850+ student-athletes
  • 104 team national titles all-time in 15 different sports, as well as 327 individual titles
  • 300+ current and former Cal athletes, coaches, and staff have earned 223 Olympic medals, including 121 gold

Funding and costs

Then and now: the challenge of state funding

Undergraduate tuition

State funding

UC Berkeley annual budget

$3.5 billion in 2023–24

Keeping educational opportunity alive

Financial support for students

  • 61% of all undergraduates receive some form of financial aid
  • $51.4 million in privately funded undergraduate scholarships were offered in 2022–23, supporting 6,238 recipients
  • $42.7 million in privately funded graduate fellowships were offered in 2022–23, supporting 4,186 recipients

Undergraduate Pell Grant recipients

A chart of Pell Grant Recipients, showing 27% at Berkeley, 19% at Harvard and Stanford (combined), and 18% at Yale and MIT (combined).

A public mission made possible by private support

  • 59,900+ donors in 2022–23
  • $846 million+ in gifts, pledges, and private grants in 2022–23

Berkeley’s endowment: a lasting legacy

  • $7.41 billion endowment as of 2022–23
  • $207 million in payout to the campus in 2022–23