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University of California Berkley


Facts at a glance : Student-body makeup, campus statistics, tuition and fees.

National rankings : In a National Research Council analysis of 212 doctoral programs at American universities, 48 Berkeley programs place among the top 10 nationwide.

Faculty awards and honors : There are 8 Nobel Laureates, 32 MacArthur Fellows, and 4 Pulitzer Prize winners among the current faculty.

History of UC Berkeley : Historical highlights, arranged by topic, following the campus's development — from UC's founding in 1868 to a turn-of-the-century building boom, a research explosion in the 1930s, the Free Speech Movement of the '60s, and Berkeley's key role today in science and technology revolutions.

Timeline of discoveries and contributions by UC Berkeley scholars.

Traditions of Cal : Who was the Angel of Death? What's with the "Big C" up there in the hills — and why is it sometimes green? Who wears Oski's jolly bear head and size 54 yellow sweater?

Tours and webcams : Check out what's happening on Sproul Plaza, the campus's true heart. See stunning live views of the Bay Area from the Lawrence Hall of Science's perch in the Berkeley hills.

Chancellor and administration : Information on Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George W. Breslauer, and how the university is organized. Organizational charts are included.

UC System ovrview and links : On the campuses, laboratories, and medical centers that comprise UC's public educational system, as well as UC's K-12 partnerships, economic impact, and agriculture and environmental resources.

Ranking doctoral programs at American universities, the National Research Council collected data in 2005-06 on more than 5,000 doctoral programs in 62 fields at 212 colleges and universities. Their analysis, published Sept. 28, 2010, assigned each doctoral program a range within which the program likely ranks, such as between first and third for Agricultural and Resource Economics. Below are the 48 UC Berkeley programs (out of 52 ranked) that ranged into the top 10 nationwide, based on a regression analysis involving 20 criteria. The range is indicated in brackets.

Academic departments & programs (A-Z)

Colleges & schools : UC Berkeley's academic enterprise includes 14 colleges and schools, most of which are subdivided into departments.

Course listings and class schedules : General Catalog; course offerings by semester; UC Extension catalogs; student-led, professional-development, and special classes

Teaching and Learning Division : Information on undergraduate education, including faculty and student programs such as American Cultures, classroom-technology projects, the Distinguished Teaching Award, and tutoring and academic support.

Graduate Division : Clearinghouse of information for graduate students.

UC Extension, summer classes, studying abroad : Information on special educational opportunities through UC Berkeley and the University of California system.

Registrar's Office : Registration status, student calendar, add/drop deadlines, fees, transcripts, diplomas, residency.

Libraries : Hours, catalogs, collections, services, guides.

Advising and tutoring services : Links to the Student Learning Center and other resources for students who want extra assistance.

Visitor Services & tours : Take a free campus tour , book a group tour or residence- hall tour, get information on visiting Sather Tower (a.k.a. the Campanile).

UC Berkeley online tour : Meet the students, get to know the faculty, explore the campus, discover life at Berkeley.

Campus map | Interactive map

Directions to UC Berkeley

Museums, event venues and tickets : Museums, major locations for sports events, the performing arts, lectures, and more. Ticket information for those events where a ticket is required.

Parking for visitors

Parking & Transportation office

Access guide for people with disabilities : Details on access to specific buildings, as well as parking information.

Accommodations, dining, visitor guides : Where to stay or dine and what to do in Berkeley and the Bay Area.

Live webcam views of camus

Welcome to the UC Berkeley Visitor Center!

The UC Berkeley Visitor Center is located in 101 Sproul Hall near the intersection of Bancroft Way and Telegraph Avenue. Weekday hours are 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. – excluding holidays and special events. Please feel free to stop by the Visitor Center to pick-up a campus map and literature about the university.


Every year, thousands of people from across the nation and around the world visit the tranquil, wooded 178-acre campus of UC Berkeley. Most of them do so under the expert guidance of a Cal Campus Ambassador, one of the corps of enthusiastic and knowledgeable student tour guides employed by the Visitor Center.

Public tours are offered daily – Monday through Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Weekday public tours begin from the Visitor Center at 101 Sproul Hall while weekend and holiday tours begin from Sather Tower. For more information, and to make a reservation, please visit our Daily Public Tour Web Page .

Group tours are offered weekdays for visiting school groups, programs, and organizations. Group tours are available on selected dates and times during the spring, summer, and fall semester. Reservations are required; please see our Group Tour Reservation Web Page for more information.

Admissions Information Sessions: The Office of Undergraduate Admissions conducts weekday information sessions for prospective students who have not yet applied. These sessions are scheduled in conjunction with the daily public tour but are not available for group tours. Admissions sessions are not available on weekends. Please see the Office Undergraduate Admissions website for more information.

Self-Guided tours are available for those unable to make a reservation for a campus tour. Please see our Self-Guided Tour Web Page for a list of possible options.

Canceling a reservation: To cancel a group or daily public tour reservation, please visit our Reservation Cancelation Web Page . You will need your reservation confirmation number and email address.


Since UC Berkeley is located in an urban area, parking is limited and can be difficult to obtain. The University recommends using public transportation whenever possible. If traveling by car, please be aware that the University does not offer any public parking, and street parking is limited by meters. To find the most convenient parking locations, please see our parking list of privately owned garages and lots near the Visitor Center. Parking rates will vary depending on the location.

Lincoln University is a private, non-profit, non-sectarian educational institution based in Oakland, California. It was founded in 1919 in San Francisco by Dr. Benjamin Franklin Lickey, and was chartered under the laws of California in 1926. In 1950, the University became a non-profit tax-exempt institution under Internal Revenue Form 990 Section 501 (C) (3). It is comprised of the College of Undergraduate, Graduate, and Professional Studies. From the school's founding in 1919, Lincoln has placed an emphasis on adult education and urban outreach, as well as keeping an international orientation. These characteristics became distinguishing marks of the institution. Lincoln University was among the first post-secondary education schools to offer programs with a focus on the needs of the working adults. The emphasis was further refined to meet the demands of internation­al students. Lincoln University serves the needs of the community and the school itself by continuously refining its programs, and following the needs of the job market. Constant growth and academic development were always a characteristic of the University. In the 1960's and 1970's, the University developed a curriculum for an outstanding, well-balanced Business Adminis­tration program. In the 1980's, LU developed a strong Computer Science Program (is not currently offered), and in 2005, it introduced programs in Administration of Criminal Justice (not offered), Diagnostic Imaging, as well as several certificates in Allied Health fields. Lincoln University is always looking toward the future, making sure its curriculum is well-suited for today's and tomorrow's needs, and its strong, professional faculty team can address those needs.

The University is located in a beautiful historic building at 15th and Franklin Street in downtown Oakland , in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area. Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and many bus routes are nearby. Situated only a few blocks from the center of a vital, growing city, the University provides an attractive environ­ment for college students. It has spacious, light-filled classrooms and seminar rooms; an auditorium; computer, ultrasound, and English labs; and a library. A vending machine and microwave ovens are provided in the cafeteria, where students may gather for informal conversa­tion.

In 1944, Dr. Bebe Patten and her husband, C. Thomas Patten, conducted evangelistic services in the Bay Area. Thousands of people filled the Oakland Auditorium Arena (now the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center) seeking purpose and meaning for their lives. Several hundred answered a call to active Christian service. Because of this response, Dr. Patten founded the Oakland Bible Institute, which was incorporated as a California nonprofit corporation.

The School was located for several years at its initial location, 1428 Alice Street. It moved moved to Telegraph Avenue in 1950, and then to the present campus on Coolidge Avenue in 1960. Later the school was renamed Patten University in response to its growth and expansion of academic programs and degree offerings.

While the University has continued to emphasize Bible and church-centered ministries, it has created options for students whose career interests lie in fields other than the professional ministry.

The University is supported by the Christian Evangelical Churches of America, Inc. (CECA), also founded in 1944 by Dr. Patten. This organization is a separate nonprofit corporation that establishes churches and ordains men and women to the ministry. Christian Cathedral, the CECA headquarters church located on the Patten University campus, provides some of the facilities used in the University program.

In 1997, Patten University became an affiliate university of the Church of God, Cleveland, Tennessee. Recognized as a "Church of God Institution", the University provides programs to further the ministry and the work of the Church of God in the western United States

In the new millenium, Patten University will continue to hold to its founding mission: to help men and women prepare for a life of leadership and service.

To be eligible for full admission into the undergraduate major, freshman must meet the following qualifications:

  1. A minimum high school grade point average of 2.5 or better or A minimum General Education Development (GED) score of 50 or better.
  2. An SAT score of 950 or higher, or an equivalent ACT score. Applicants who have been out of high school for greater than 2 years may not be required to submit SAT or ACT scores.

A candidate's application will be reviewed when all of the following materials have been received:

  1. An Admissions application and $30 nonrefundable application fee.
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Official* high school transcript (six semesters minimum).
  4. Signed Christian Environment form.
  5. Two letters of recommendation.
  6. Official Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) scores. Information about these tests may be obtained at your high school, SAT Scores at www.collegeboard.com and ACT Scores at www.act.org .

Facts About Mills College


  • Independent liberal arts college founded in 1852
  • California women's college located on 135 wooded acres in the Oakland foothills, on the east shore of the San Francisco Bay
  • Offers bachelor's degrees to women and graduate degrees and certificates to women and men
  • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges

College Rankings

  • Ranked fourth among colleges and universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report
  • Ranked second in the West by U.S. News & World Report in "Great Schools, Great Prices," for high academic quality relative to the net cost of attendance
  • Named one of the Best 371 Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review
  • Named one of the 123 "Best Western Colleges" by The Princeton Review
  • Named a top 10 best all-women's college and ranked 55th among America's colleges by Forbes.com
  • Named one of the top producers of Fulbright award recipients by the Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Rated 98 out of a possible 99 green rating from The Princeton Review for environmental policies and practices
  • Named one of the 286 Green Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review

Student Body

  • Total students: 1,510
  • 926 undergraduate women
  • 584 graduate women and men
  • 48 states represented
  • 12 countries represented
  • 39% undergraduate students of color
  • 37% graduate students of color
  • 22% undergraduate resumer students (23 years of age or older)
  • 16% of undergraduates identify themselves as multiracial
  • 9% of graduates identify themselves as multiracial

Entering First-Year Student Profile

  • Average high school GPA 3.70
  • SAT range 1570–1870
    (middle 50%)
  • ACT range 22–27
    (middle 50%)


  • Total: 181
  • Full-time: 93 (female faculty 62%; faculty of color 25%; terminal degree 88%)
  • Part-time: 88 (female faculty 70%; faculty of color 25%; terminal degree 68%)


  • Course titles: 329
  • Average class size: 16
  • Class enrollments of 20 or fewer students: 75%
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1


The top 5 undergraduate majors:

  • English
  • Psychology
  • Political, Legal, and Economic Analysis (PLEA)
  • Child Development
  • Biology

Graduate Programs

The top 3 graduate degree and certificate programs:

  • Education (MA)
  • Management (MBA)
  • Creative Writing (MFA)

Undergraduate Tuition and Fees

  • Full-time tuition: $35,196
  • Student activity fee: $140
  • AC Transit fee: $96
  • Campus Comprehensive Fee: $896
  • Kaiser Student Health Plan: $2,024
  • Room and board: $11,480

Undergraduate Financial Aid

  • , 95% of all undergraduate students received financial aid
  • 91% received some portion of their aid directly from Mills
  • Average award: $33,250
  • Total aid: $29 million of which Mills funded $15.3 million

Graduate Tuition and Fees

  • Full-time tuition: $26,326* (2 or more credits/semester)
  • Campus Comprehensive Fee: $896
  • Kaiser Student Health Plan: $2,200
  • Room and board: $11,480

*Full-time studio art tuition: $31,576

*Full-time doctorate in education tuition: $27,580

*Full-time post-bac pre-med tuition: $25,698

Graduate Financial Aid

  • , 86% of all graduate students received financial aid
  • 80% received some portion of their aid directly from Mills
  • Total aid: $13.8 million of which Mills funded $4 million


  • Annual budget: $80.2 million
  • Endowment value as of 6.30.09: $156.6 million

Giving to Mills $18.2 million

  • Trustee gifts: $2.5 million
  • Alumnae gifts: $2.9 million
  • Gifts from parents, friends, and others: $2.5 million
  • Foundation and corporate gifts: $1.4 million
  • Estate gifts: $8.9 million

Mills College Annual Fund: $1.9 million (includes gifts from several categories above)


  • Mills College alumnae: 21,440
  • Countries represented: 58

Our Mission

Mills is an independent liberal arts college for women with graduate programs for women and men. The College educates students to think critically and communicate responsibly and effectively, to accept the challenges of their creative visions, and to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to effect thoughtful changes in a global, multicultural society.

Mills encourages openness to experimentation in the context of established academic disciplines. Programs are designed to reflect the importance of global issues, provide an understanding of the natural world, and enhance opportunities for women in their developing roles throughout society. The curriculum combines traditional liberal arts with new educational initiatives that recognize the value of cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity.

Inspired by a teaching philosophy that grows out of its longstanding dedication to women's education, Mills provides a dynamic learning environment that encourages intellectual exploration. The faculty of nationally and internationally respected scholars and artists is dedicated to developing the strengths of every student, preparing them for lifelong intellectual, personal, and professional growth.

Our History

Founded in 1852 as the Young Ladies' Seminary in Benicia, California, Mills College boasts a rich history as a leader in women's education. Mills was founded two years after California was admitted to statehood and the same year the city of Oakland was established. The University of California and Stanford had yet to exist, and miners, farmers, and merchants wanted to educate their daughters without sending them on the perilous journey to East Coast schools.

The Young Ladies' Seminary was established by nine citizens in what became the state capital, and it gained a strong reputation under the direction of Oberlin graduate Mary Atkins. With a vision of equal education and opportunity for women, missionaries Cyrus and Susan Mills bought the Seminary in 1865 for $5,000, renamed it Mills College, and moved it in 1871 to its current 135-acre oasis. At the time, Oakland was a bustling metropolis of about 10,000.

The student body quickly grew, with students of diverse faiths and backgrounds enrolled from many states and countries. Among the first institutions for the higher education of women, Mills has become the oldest women's college west of the Rockies.

Over the decades, Mills “firsts” have been numerous: the first women's college west of the Rockies (chartered 1885); the first laboratory school west of the Mississippi for aspiring teachers (1926); the first women's college to offer a computer science major (1974) and a 4+1 MBA degree (2001); the first business school in the West for women (2005); and the first MFA program in book art and creative writing in the nation (2009).

Always a leader in the arts, Mills was among the first liberal arts colleges to offer a modern dance degree (1941), and it became the national center for modern dance outside New York City. The Center for Contemporary Music, dedicated in 1967, is a preeminent center for electronic music.

Many of the world's foremost artists, politicians, and scholars have taught, lectured, and performed at Mills, including Gertrude Stein, Mark Twain, Darius Milhaud, Alfred Neumeyer, John Cage, Isabel Allende, and Gloria Steinem. Mills continues to draw people interested in experimentation, leadership, social responsibility, and creativity—the hallmarks of a 21st-century Mills education.

Your college years will be a time of great discovery and personal growth. Mills can help you make the most of this experience with an environment that values intellectual exploration. At Mills, you'll enjoy intimate, collaborative classes that encourage a spirited exchange of ideas and allow your voice to be heard.

You'll learn from distinguished professors who are truly dedicated to teaching. They will not only know your name, they'll use it as they explore and discuss ideas with you. You'll interact with dynamic women of different backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, ages, and mindsets, making your learning rich and inspiring. The classroom debate will be your intellectual catalyst, but you'll find plenty of opportunities to express yourself, both in and out of the classroom.

With more than 40 majors to choose from—including a self-designed program—you'll have many educational options. You'll also have the chance to work directly with faculty and get involved in their innovative work. As part of the Mills community, you will find yourself an active, engaged participant in your own learning. The people you'll meet and the lessons you'll learn will prepare you to succeed in both your professional and personal lives.

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