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Vertical performance troupe Bandaloop, featuring L&S alum Andrew Ward, perform on the Campanile on Cal Day.

The College of Letters & Science (L&S) is the great, big heart of UC Berkeley: great because our international stature is the core of the university’s intellectual preeminence, and big because we are the largest of Berkeley’s colleges, comprising 38 extraordinary departments and offering more than 80 diverse majors. Despite our size, L&S is a place where students discover the curriculum they want and the community they need.

Degree programs offered: 86 Bachelors | 10 Masters | 47 Doctoral
25,031 Students total | 22,538 Undergraduate | 2,493 Graduate
Current faculty include: 1 US Poet Laureate 7 Nobel Laureates 16 MacArthur "Genius" Award winners
In the past five years alone: 30 members of the L&S faculty have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences | 19 faculty members have received Guggenheim Fellowships
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Our rigorous academic programs are second to none, and our capacity for impact far exceeds that of our private peers — every year 6,000 talented young people graduate from our college, ready to lead change for the greater good.

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L&S is for all of us, and we are committed to making our community as welcoming and respectful as it is intellectually stimulating.