University of Cal-Berkeley
California was founded in the wake of the gold rush by leaders of the newly established 31st state. Chartered in 1868, the flagship at Berkeley was established on the San Francisco Bay. Today the university occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. The University has 20 Nobel laureates to date with more than 350 academic programs. Scholars at Berkeley have conducted groundbreaking research in a multitude of different areas. In recognition of its broad and deep excellence, UC Berkley has been repeatedly ranked at or near the top in fields ranging from engineering and the sciences to the social sciences, arts, and humanities. In accordance with UC Berkley's "public" character, the university strives to provide outstanding teaching and research programs with broad access for students of all means. Close to 30 percent of UC Berkeley freshmen are the first in their families to attend college.