Key features of the University
The ten campuses
Ten distinctive approaches to teaching, research, and public service constitute a single university of diverse accomplishments and excellence.
The name "Berkeley" represents the high standards which make the oldest campus one of the world's preeminent intellectual centers: the distinction of its faculty and students; the calibre of its academic and research programs in fields such as engineering, life and physical sciences, liberal arts, law, and public health; and the quality of its libraries and laboratories. The Berkeley faculty, which includes 8 Nobel Prize winners, 13 National Medal of Science honorees, and 14 MacArthur Fellows, leads the nation in several categories, including Guggenheim Fellowships and National Science Foundation Young Investigator Awards.
Originally established as the University Farm, Davis is one of the world's leading agricultural and environmental sciences research and teaching centers. It also has a distinguished reputation in the liberal arts, engineering, and law; has one of the University's five medical schools; and is the site of California's only School of Veterinary Medicine. Researchers explore solutions to problems in agriculture, resource management, the environment, health, medicine, engineering, business, economics, and public policy.
UCI is known for its neuroscience and atmospheric research and has earned a national reputation for its graduate writing program. The campus, set amid the rolling foothills of coastal Orange County, also is home to several prestigious research centers, such as the Bonney Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory and the UC Humanities Research Institute. Throughout its growth, UCI has remained dedicated to providing a learning environment responsive to changing technologies and social issues.
Largest of the ten campuses, UCLA has earned a worldwide reputation for the excellence of its academic programs and the achievements of its students and faculty. The campus' extensive research program with 5,000 funded projects in progress at any given time as well as its renowned Center for the Health Sciences, outstanding law school, and myriad arts offerings make UCLA a major educational and cultural center and an important community resource.
UC Merced is the first new UC campus built since 1965, and the first new American research university in the 21st century with a mission of research, teaching and service. The campus was authorized by the California Legislature in 1988 to address the higher-education needs of the state's fastest growing region - the Central Valley - and to increase access to the UC system for the state's top achievers. UC Merced offers a growing list of majors, minors, and graduate programs taught by more than 120 full-time faculty, visiting professors, and lecturers. In addition to improving the standard of education within the Valley, UC Merced contributes to the economic growth of Central California by providing thousands of jobs and stimulating new business development.
What began in 1907 as a citrus experiment station in Riverside has evolved into one of the nation's most dynamic university campuses. Located in the Inland Empire, the fastest growing area in California, UCR expects enrollment growth well into the 21st century. Special resources include the California Museum of Photography, the J. Lloyd Eaton Collection of Science Fiction, the Rupert Costo Library of the American Indian, the Center for Ideas and Society, and the Water Resources Center.
The UCSD campus was established in 1959 as an outgrowth of the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography, incorporated in 1912. UCSD now is one of the nation's leading research university campuses, with a faculty that includes six Nobel laureates. The campus ranks fifth among U.S. universities in federal research expenditures. Among public universities, UCSD has the highest percentage of undergraduates who go on to medical and graduate schools, and among UC campuses the highest number of undergraduates studying abroad.
UC San Francisco, the only UC campus devoted solely to health sciences, is one of the world's foremost biomedical centers. Established as a private medical school in 1864, the San Francisco campus has been part of UC since 1873. Peers rank all four UCSF professional schools -- dentistry, medicine, nursing, and pharmacy -- among the top in the country and all consistently lead the nation in funding received from the National Institutes of Health.
UC Santa Barbara, incorporated into the UC system in 1944 and designated a general UC campus in 1958, is a pioneer in interdisciplinary research. Its four national centers -- the world-renowned Institute for Theoretical Physics, the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, the Center for Quantized Electronic Structures, and the Materials Research Laboratory -- are designed to foster collaboration among scholars from different disciplines. It is home to the unique College of Creative Studies, which enrolls students for advanced, independent work.
Founded in 1965 on the residential college model, Santa Cruz has earned a national reputation for the calibre of its undergraduate programs. UC Santa Cruz offers students an intimate, small-college atmosphere while providing the resources of a major research university. The campus serves as headquarters for UC Observatories/Lick Observatory and is the site of several highly regarded research centers, including the Institute of Marine Sciences, housed on campus, and the on-shore Joseph M. Long Marine Laboratory; the Institute of Tectonics, which studies earthquakes and earth structures; and the Institute for Particle Physics.
Universitywide Programs and Facilities
Agriculture and Natural Resources
The Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources is a Statewide research and public service organization that serves the largest and most diverse agricultural community in the world. The division includes:
The Agricultural Experiment Station, the division's research arm, with facilities on the Berkeley, Davis, and Riverside campuses, ten research and extension centers, and numerous research plots loaned or leased to UC by farmers.
Cooperative Extension, which provides research and educational programs statewide through services ranging from technical farm assistance to nutrition education to 4-H.
The Natural Reserve System, which manages 150,000 acres of natural habitats for research and teaching.
University of California Extension
University teaching does not stop with undergraduate or graduate instruction. University of California Extension, the world's largest lifelong learning organization, provides continuing education to hundreds of thousands of Californians every year. Because many of its courses and programs are tailored to the continuing educational needs of California's professionals, Extension contributes to the continued development of a competent, talented, and productive professional workforce.
Education Abroad Program
More than 1,500 UC students study in about 90 institutions in 31 countries worldwide. In exchange, nearly 600 students from these foreign institutions study at UC campuses. The Universitywide EAP headquarters at UC Santa Barbara coordinates the program with participation of faculty and staff at all UC campuses.
Founded in 1893, UC Press is the largest publishing arm of any public university in the United States. Each year it publishes 180 new cloth-bound books, 90 paperback books, and 30 scholarly journals. About a third of its books are written by UC faculty members.
University of California Observatories
In 1988 The Regents established a multi-campus research unit, headquartered at the Santa Cruz campus, known as the University of California Observatories. This unit includes both the Lick Observatory and the Keck Observatory in Hawaii.
The Lick Observatory operates the observing station located on 4,200-foot Mt. Hamilton, east of San Jose. The Observatory was established and built in the late 1800's by James Lick, a wealthy San Franciscan, and was transferred to the University in 1888. The Lick Observatory operates a wide variety of telescopes, the largest being the three-meter Shane Telescope. The telescopes and facilities are used for research and graduate instruction by faculty and students from six UC campuses every night of the year.
Located at the summit of the 13,600-foot Mauna Kea mountain in Hawaii, the W.M. Keck Observatory is an adventure in astronomy jointly undertaken by the University of California and the California Institute of Technology, in cooperation with the University of Hawaii. It features the world's largest optical telescope, the ten-meter Keck I Telescope which is currently in operation. Its twin, the Keck II, is under construction and scheduled to begin operation in 1996.
Department of Energy Laboratories
Under separate contracts with the U.S. Department of Energy, the University manages three of the nation's nine multi-purpose laboratories: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.
The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory supports a wide range of research activities in the physical and biological sciences, engineering, mathematics, and computer science. Both the Livermore and the Los Alamos Laboratories are integral to the nation's effort to reduce the current global nuclear danger. The Laboratories use the core competencies that they have developed over the years to address other vital national needs, including energy independence, the environment, human health, economic competitiveness, and science and math education.
The two single-purpose Department of Energy laboratories at the Los Angeles and San Francisco campuses are devoted to radiobiology, environmental health, and molecular research.
The University maintains affiliations with Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco and the San Francisco Art Institute, a private professional school.