University of California, Berkeley

Spread across 1,232 acres overlooking San Francisco Bay, the University of Berkeley is home to 35,000 students from all over the world and widely considered one of the top public universities in the country. Well known for its liberal and socially active student body, Berkeley has a progressive reputation that blends well with the dynamic urban environment of Berkeley, California.


Stay: Graduate Hotel |  Breakfast: Bette’s Oceanview Diner

Lunch:  Cheeseboard Collective  | Dinner:  Chez Panisse


Visitor Information: Tour UC Berkeley

Stay: Just a 5-minute walk to campus, and just steps from the shops and restaurants of Shattuck Street the new Graduate Berkeley delivers both style and good old collegiate charm. (Graduate lovingly redid the Hotel Durant, which catered to UC Berkeley students and parents for over 80 years.) Originally a romantic castle, the Claremont Club and Spa located in the heart of downtown, is an exclusive resort rich with history and tradition.

Coffee: The “Boba” craze has hit UC Berkeley. Invented in Taiwan, Boba or Bubble Tea is a sweet milky tea drink that comes in many flavors.  Sweetheart Cafe and U-Cha are favorites. For a serious wake up, head to the Student Union on campus selling caffeine heavy Nitro Coffee, a strong cold brew from Equator Coffee and Tea. Berkeley students flock to Caffe Strada for the gorgeous patio and hit-the-spot brews.

Breakfast: A Berkeley institution, Bette’s Oceanview Diner combines an old school diner feel with great food. Nearby Venus and La Note have equally good fare. A little off the beaten path, 900 Grayson is known for a dish called the Demon Lover, fried chicken over buttermilk waffles.

Lunch: Many students say the best sandwich in town is at Montague’s(reopening 11/17) while others argue that Brazil Cafe’s Tri-Tip sandwich is a clear winner. Either way, you can’t lose. If you’re craving pizza, Cheeseboard Collective, located in the Gourmet Ghetto , has a serious following. Don't be intimidated by the lines - it's worth the wait. Try the Corn Pizza, we hear it's a must. Lastly, Gregoire has become a dining hit with both restaurant critics and customers. Among its most popular items are the Crispy Potato Puffs, which have earned cult status around the Bay.



Casual: Grab a seat on the outdoor patio at Westbrae Biergarten, for a relaxed meal of bar bites, rice bowls, salads, or sandwiches. Trattoria La Siciliana is a solid Italian, right in town. In the mood for Japanese? Iyasare is known for their ramen and tempura, while Izakaya fans rave about the grilled yakitori. Share some mezes and kebabs at Cafe La Med, or if you're in the mood for a burger, Bongo Burger is the place for you.


A Step Up:  The birthplace of California cuisine began right here in Berkeley in 1971 when chef Alice Waters, an early pioneer of the local food movement opened Chez Panisse with the idea of serving simple seasonal food.The Café at Chez Panisse, located upstairs, started serving diners in 1980 offering an alternative to the set menu served in the Restaurant downstairs. The Café serves a moderately priced à la carte menu for both lunch and dinner. People make pilgrimages to eat at Chez Panisse so reserve well in advance. Can't get in, head to the Berkeley Social Club for eclectic Asian-American fusion or Rivoli for upscale California cuisine.

Late Night Snack: A true Berkeley classic, Top Dog is open until 3 am on the weekend.  Serving 12 types of dogs - there is something for everyone! King Pin Donuts, a student favorite, never disappoints. With all the walking you did on the tour, you deserve it!

Local Attractions: The Greek Theater, located right on campus, is a legendary outdoor venue modeled on the theater of Epidaurus in Greece. Attracting top musical acts such as Dave Matthews and the Grateful Dead, check the schedule to see what’s happening while you're in town. Great views can be had at the top of the Campanile, one of the world's highest clock tower's. Hop on the BART and depending on where you're going in San Francisco the ride is between 20-40 minutes to one of America's great cities.

— Quotes From Campus —

To me, the best part of Berkeley is the student body. I have been surrounded by passionate, engaged, interested and interesting people for the last four years who have pushed me to grow and excel. I can’t think of a more dynamic place to go to school.
— Cloe
The curriculum is challenging, and the faculty encourages you to think outside of the box—to question, to explore everything!
— Willa






School Colors

Berkeley Blue & California Gold

Acceptance Rate

17.5% (2016)

Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision









Admissions Office

110 Sproul Hall, #5800
Berkeley, CA 94720-5800

(p) (510) 642-6000

Amy Jarich, Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division I

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

Steve Wozniak
Gregory Peck
Chris Pine
Gordon Moore
Joan Didion

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