University of California at Berkeley – Rankings & Review

Berkeley seal illustrating UC Berkeley rankings profile.

The University of California at Berkeley (called “Cal” or “Berkeley”) is  the original campus of the University of California system. Of course UCLA, UCSD, Santa Barbara, or Davis may disagree as to which UC campus is best. Nevertheless, Berkeley is the oldest of the UC campuses, having been established in 1868. Although the other campuses have certainly gained ground in rankings, traditionally Berkeley has ranked in a number of academic subjects as well.

The Basics

Location Berkeley, California
Official Website Berkeley
Nickname Golden Bears
School Colors Berkeley Blue & California Gold
Athletic Conference Pac 10

RealRank Ranking Categories

Reputation Platinum
Renown Gold
Diversity Success NI
Sports Renown Silver
Tuition Profile Public University – Mid-cost for California residents, high cost for all others.
Endowment Silver
Alumni Engagement Bronze

Key: Platinum: Elite Class; Gold: Very good; Silver: Successful, with room to improve;

Bronze: Mid to low range; NI: Needs improvement.

Academic Profile

Academic Range Mid-Range
Professional Schools:
Architecture Yes
Business Yes
Dental No
Engineering Yes
Law Yes
Medical No. Off-campus joint program with UCSF.
Nursing No
Veterinary Medicine No
Core Science Breadth Yes
Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities Breadth Yes
Agriculture No
Human Sciences / Education Yes
Public Health / Urban Policy Yes

Renowned Alumni

Here are some of the famous alumni of Berkeley who you may have heard of. Are there any others you would add to this list?

  • Scott Adams – Creator of Dilbert comics.
  • Tom Anderson – Founder of MySpace.
  • Max Boot – Political columnist.
  • Andrej Bajuk – Prime Minister of Slovenia.
  • Zulfikar Ali Bhutto – Former President of Pakistan.
  • John Cho – Actor.
  • Joan Didion – Author.
  • Donald Fisher – Founder of The Gap.
  • Jean Paul Getty – Founder of Getty Oil.
  • Rube Goldberg – Engineer, Cartoonist.
  • Jennifer Granholm – Governor of Michigan.
  • Barbara Guest – Poet.
  • Susanna Hoffs – Lead singer of The Bangles.
  • Brianna Keilar – CNN Correspondent.
  • Victor Koo – Founder of YouKu video website.
  • Phil Lesh – Bass guitarist for The Grateful Dead.
  • Thomas J. Long – Founder of Longs Drugs.
  • Alex Morgan – C0-Captain of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team.
  • Chris Pine – Actor.
  • Troy Roberts – CBS News Correspondent.
  • Jennifer Rubin – Columnist for Washington Post.
  • George Takai – Actor. Original “Sulu” in Star Trek TV series.
  • Nicolle Wallace – former White House Communications Director and MSNBC host.
  • Jann Wenner – Founder of Rolling Stone Magazine.
  • Earl Warren – Chief Justice of U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Tony Xu – Co-Founder of DoorDash.

Any others you would add? What has been your experience at Berkeley?



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