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Give me a C! New students break world record

August 16, 2017

To Angela Neally from Long Beach and Dani Goland from Israel, the letter C they were forming on the football field Tuesday night with some 7,000 other new students might have stood for “Ccccccold!” Temperatures dipped and fog swirled around California Memorial Stadium, unlike the warm summer evenings many knew back home. But at about 9:15 p.m., as it finally took shape, there was no doubt what the big C meant to all the incoming UC Berkeley students who created it. 

Make way for Move-In Day

August 7, 2017
If you’re thinking of driving to work or classes at UC Berkeley on Monday, Aug. 14, getting around and parking is going to be, well… a bear. A big, congested Golden Bear. But you can help make the day better for yourself and others on campus.

Campus offers admission to more than 15,000 students

July 6, 2017
University of California, Berkeley officials have offered freshman admission to more than 15,500 high school students for the 2017-18 school year. And more offers were made to first-generation college students and underrepresented minority students than in 2016-17.

L&S Facts at a Glance

Student Body 

Spring 2016

Total: 22,293 students
Undergraduate students: 19,734
Graduate students: 2,559

Undergraduate Profile
Gender: 56% female, 44% male
Residency: California residents: 69%, international: 12.9%

Undergraduate Student Ethnic Breakdown

Awards and Honors

Major Awards

The faculty of the College of Letters & Science includes:

  • 16 of the 23 Nobel Prizes on the campus, including 7 current faculty members

  • 3 of 4 Pulitzer Prizes

  • 16 MacArthur Fellowships

  • 3 Shaw Prize winners

  • 77 percent of campus Guggenheim fellowships, 2013 to 2015

  • 62 percent of campus members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2014 to 2015

  • 68 members of the National Academy of Sciences

A Liberal Arts Education

Students in classWhy Study the Liberal Arts?

Competition in the marketplace often leads us to question the value of studies that don’t offer a direct track to employment. But a broad-based liberal arts education does more than prepare you for a job. It lays the foundation for a future career while also preparing you to compete in the marketplace of ideas.

Research at L&S

The Nation’s Premier Research University

Research Centers

This campus is home to dozens of exciting research centers and institutes where cutting-edge research is being conducted and new initiatives are being launched every year. Students and faculty in the College of Letters & Science have access to laboratories, libraries, and other resources that help make Berkeley the premier research university in the world.

Our Faculty

Learning From the Best

At the heart of UC Berkeley's achievements and reputation is a faculty second to none, honored around the globe for its intellectual preeminence. Berkeley's professors are pioneers — researchers and scholars who change the world with their accomplishments and shape the minds of future generations with their engaging teaching skills.