UC Berkeley rated world's top public and fourth-best overall by U.S. News

October 24, 2017
UC Berkeley retains its standing as the world’s No. 1 public and fourth-best university overall in U.S. News & World Report’s latest global rankings.

L&S celebrates its new home at Homecoming

October 16, 2017
During this year’s homecoming weekend, L&S will mark the creation of its new home in the heart of campus.

Physics postdoc and mentor awarded prestigious L'Oreal fellowship

October 12, 2017
Sydney Schreppler, a postdoctoral fellow in physics and UC Berkeley Ph.D. who in her spare time mentors women majoring in science and served as head coach for the campus’s club women’s lacrosse team, has been awarded one of five 2017 For Women in Science Fellowships by L’Oréal USA.

Three L&S alumni win MacArthur 'genius' awards

October 11, 2017
Three L&S alumni are among the 24 amazing Americans revealed today as winners of the coveted MacArthur “genius” award. Writer Viet Than Nguyen and opera director Yuval Sharon are both alumni of the Department of English, and conceptual artist Trevor Paglen has a BA in Religious Studies and a Ph.D. in Geography.

L&S alumnus Barry Barish awarded 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics

October 3, 2017
L&S alumnus Barry Barish, a retired Caltech physicist, has run many huge physics collaborations during his career, ranging from neutrino experiments at Fermilab to the Superconducting Supercollider. But his most rewarding was the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, called LIGO, which in 2015 detected the first gravitational waves, which were predicted by Albert Einstein more than 100 years ago. This discovery has now earned Barish a share of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Bookmark this page to keep up with Free Speech Year at Berkeley

September 18, 2017
It’s Free Speech Year at UC Berkeley — a rededication to one of the campus’s most cherished values, and one that most defines the campus in the eyes of the world. Free Speech infuses the campus landscape, its people and events. To bring all the pieces together, the Office of Communications and Public Affairs has developed a hub of information related to free speech on campus — It will be updated throughout the year.

L&S alumna Alice Waters on free speech and the making of a counterculture cook

September 6, 2017
One of the College of Letters & Science's best-known alumnae approaches her story with reluctance. So the famed restaurateur, who co-founded Chez Panisse restaurant and began a revolution in American food, says in an interview announcing her appearance tomorrow at the Free Speech Cafe.

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Modernized Wheeler Hall reopens at age 100

August 23, 2017

Historic Wheeler Hall, a 100-year-old classroom and office building that’s been the site of famous speeches and campus protests, reopens today after a major, year-long overhaul. But you’re not likely to see many of the changes; they’re hidden behind the walls.


Did you know that 29 Berkeley alumni have been awarded Nobel Prizes?

The College of Letters & Science (L&S) is especially proud of you — our nearly 260,000 living degree holders (59 percent of all UC Berkeley’s living degree-holding community). Your support and success since your graduation have had a tremendous impact on L&S and on the lives of people worldwide.