University of California - Berkeley
The University of California was founded in 1868, born out of a vision in the State Constitution of a university that would contribute even more than California's gold to the glory and happiness of advancing generations. At UC Berkeley, the world’s premier public university, you can excel beyond, exchange ideas and, ultimately, change the world. International students come to UC because of what they offer — an exceptional learning environment that fulfils their academic ambitions, intellectual passions and desire to experience cultural diversity at its richest. They want you to excel, and they foster the supportive environment you need to achieve your goals. One of the world's leading academic institutions, UC Berkeley attracts the best and brightest applicants, generating an ethnically and culturally diverse student population and providing one of the finest undergraduate learning experiences available. A place of brimming curiosity and passion for learning, UC Berkeley is truly a prototype of a contemporary university. Cal students have more in common than their strong academic records — they all have demonstrated the potential to add to Berkeley's rich intellectual environment and spirit of pluralism. Berkeley's academic programs are recognized internationally for their excellence. More than 7,000 courses and more than 100 undergraduate majors are available in the sciences, humanities, arts, social sciences and natural resources. Students also may design their own undergraduate majors. Nearly 100 freshman and sophomore seminars are offered each semester, featuring small classes on topics of special interest to the professors.
The brightest minds come together at Berkeley to explore, ask questions, and change the world. Each year they welcome thousands of visitors to their vibrant campus in the heart of the Bay Area. Take a guided campus tour. Enjoy the view from the top of the Campanile. Attend a class. With more than 100 undergraduate majors and dozens of academic opportunities, you connect with a tradition of excellence at Berkeley. And you’ll study among the best students in the world, with the most distinguished faculty. Choosing a major is a personal choice, you may start in one direction and end up in another. While you may apply as an “Undeclared” or “Undeclared, Engineering,” they recommend that you apply in your major of choice if you know what you wish to study. Start your campus visit at the new Koret Visitor Center. They are located at 2227 Piedmont Avenue, on Goldman Plaza of historic California Memorial Stadium. Explore life at Berkeley through themed alcoves, timelines, video profiles, and an interactive map of global research. The Berkeley campus is divided into 14 colleges and schools, most of which are subdivided into departments. Colleges and schools that offer programs for undergraduates are the Haas School of Business, College of Chemistry, College of Engineering, College of Environmental Design, College of Letters and Science, and College of Natural Resources. The College of Letters and Science is the largest, with more than half the campus's faculty and nearly three-quarters of its undergraduate students.
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