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University of California, Berkeley

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The University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley, Berkeley, Cal, or California),[11][12] is a public land-grant research university in Berkeley, California. It was established in 1868 as the University of California and is the state's first land-grant university and the founding campus of the University of California system. Berkeley has been regarded to be among the top universities in the world for research.[13]

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University of California, Berkeley
Former names
University of California (1868–1958)
MottoFiat lux (Latin)
Motto in English
"Let there be light"
TypePublic land-grant research university
EstablishedMarch 23, 1868; 155 years ago (1868-03-23)[1]
Parent institution
University of California
Academic affiliations
Endowment$6.9 billion (2022)[2][3]
ChancellorCarol T. Christ
ProvostBenjamin E. Hermalin[4]
Total staff
23,524 (2020)[5]
Students45,307 (Fall 2022)[6]
Undergraduates32,479 (Fall 2022)[6]
Postgraduates12,828 (Fall 2022)[6]
Location, ,
United States

37.8728°N 122.2602°W / 37.8728; -122.2602[7]
CampusMidsize city[8]
Core Campus: 178 acres (72 ha)[9]
Total: 8,164 acres (3,304 ha)[3], 1,232 acres (499 ha)
NewspaperThe Daily Californian
Colors  Berkeley Blue
  California Gold[10]
NicknameGolden Bears
Sporting affiliations
MascotOski the Bear

A founding member of the Association of American Universities, Berkeley hosts research institutes dedicated to science, engineering, and mathematics.[14] The university founded and maintains relationships with three national laboratories at Berkeley, Livermore and Los Alamos,[15] and played a role in the Manhattan Project and the discovery of 16 chemical elements. Berkeley's athletic teams, which compete as the California Golden Bears primarily in the Pac-12 Conference, have won 107 national championships, and its students and alumni have won 223 Olympic medals (including 121 gold medals).[16][17]

Among Berkeley's alumni, faculty, and researchers are 107 Nobel laureates,[18][19] 25 Turing Award winners, 14 Fields Medalists, 30 Wolf Prize winners, 34 Pulitzer Prize winners, 190 recipients of the MacArthur "Genius Grant", and 68 recipients of the National Medal of Science. The university has produced seven heads of state or government, six chief justices,[20] and 25 living billionaires.[21] It is also a leading producer of Fulbright Scholars, MacArthur Fellows, and Marshall Scholars.[22] Berkeley alumni have also founded numerous companies.[23]