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University of California, Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley (also referred to as UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California, or simply Cal) is a public research university located in Berkeley, California, United States. The university occupies 1,232 acres (499 ha) on the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay with the central campus resting on 178 acres (72 ha).Berkeley is considered a Public Ivy and the flagship institution of the 10 campus University of California system. Berkeley faculty, alumni, and researchers have won 71 Nobel Prizes (including 28 alumni Nobel laureates), 9 Wolf Prizes, 7 Fields Medals, 15Turing Awards, 45 MacArthur Fellowships,20 Academy Awards, and 11 Pulitzer Prizes. To date, UC Berkeley and its researchers are associated with 6 chemical elements of the periodic table (Californium, Seaborgium, Berkelium, Einsteinium, Fermium, Lawrencium) and Berkeley Lab has discovered 16 chemical elements in total – more than any other university in the world.

Berkeley is a founding member of the Association of American Universities and continues to have very high research activity with $652.4 million in research and development expenditures in 2009. Berkeley physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer was the scientific director of the Manhattan Project that developed the first atomic bombin the world, which he personally headquartered at Los Alamos, New Mexico, during World War II. Known as the California Golden Bears (often shortened to "Cal Bears" or just "Cal"), the athletic teams are members of both the Pacific-12 Conference and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in the NCAA. Cal athletes have won national titles in many sports, including football, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's basketball, baseball, men's gymnastics, softball, water polo, rugby, and crew. The official colors of the university and its athletic teams are Yale Blue and California Gold.

Undergraduate programs

Berkeley is rated as the top public, the 6th most prestigious (public or private), and 21st overall U.S. "National University" by U.S. News & World Report in 2013. In 2012 Washington Monthly ranked UC Berkeley 5th in the U.S. based on its contribution to the public good. U.S. News ranked both the undergraduate programs in engineering and business tied for 3rd in the nation. The Wall Street Journal's Rankings by Major place Berkeley in 2nd place for Computer Science, 3rd for both Marketing/Advertising and Finance, 6th for Business/Economics, 8th for Accounting, and 12th for Engineering.

Graduate programs

U.S. News & World Report ranks UC Berkeley's professional programs among the best in the country in 2013. The Goldman School of Public Policy is ranked 6th, the Haas School of Business 7th, the UC Berkeley School of Public Health 8th, and the Boalt School of Law 9th. UC Berkeley's graduate sciences also receive high marks, ranking 1st in Chemistry and Computer Science; 2nd in Math, Statistics, and Biological Sciences; 3rd in Earth Sciences; and 5th in Physics.

UC Berkeley's graduate Engineering program is 3rd in overall quality, with specialty rankings of 1st in Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering; 2nd in Civil Engineering and Computer Engineering; and 3rd in Chemical Engineering, Electrical/ Electronic/ Communications Engineering, Industrial/ Manufacturing Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, 6th in Materials Engineering, and 7th in Nuclear Engineering.The graduate social science programs at Berkeley score 1st in English, History, and Sociology; 2nd in Psychology; 5th in Economics; and 6th in Political Science. Faculty in the English Department have received 25 university Distinguished Teaching Awards—more than any other department.

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