University of California, Berkeley

Spread across 1,232 acres overlooking San Francisco Bay, the University of Berkeley is home to over 27,000 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.

SHORTCUTS

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

Lunch:  Cheeseboard Collective  | Dinner:  Chez Panisse

 

Visitor Information: The online calendar includes several kinds of tours. Register here.

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Transportation: If you intend to arrive in the San Francisco Bay Area by air, consider flying into Oakland International Airport (OAK) rather than San Francisco International (SFO).  The Oakland airport is smaller, easier to manage, and closer to Berkeley. Taxis and shuttles are available at both airports. Rapid Transit (BART) is a great way to travel to UC Berkeley. The Downtown Berkeley stop is one block from the west side of campus. Find out schedule information from Downtown Berkeley Station here.

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. Families also choose to check in to the Hotel Shattuck Plaza, Courtyard by Marriott, and the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Berkeley

Coffee: To be extra alert for the tour, head to the Student Union on campus, selling caffeine heavy Nitro Coffee, a robust cold brew from Equator Coffee and Tea. Berkeley students flock to Caffe Strada, a Berkeley institution, to linger on the patio and enjoy excellent coffee drinks, conveniently located across the street from campus. 

Breakfast: A Berkeley landmark, Bette’s Oceanview Diner combines an old school diner feel with great food. Nearby Venus and La Note are other good options. La Note is especially popular with visiting families for weekend brunches, where dining on the lovely patio is like traveling to the French countryside. (Showcasing the food of Provence, La Note is also an excellent dinner spot.)  

Lunch:  Cheeseboard Collective, has a legendary following for their pizzas, students say you can't leave Berkeley without sampling the vegetarian pizza of the day, with vegetables purchased at the local farmers market. Don't be intimidated by the lines - it's worth the wait. Gregoire has become a dining hit thanks to the cult status of their crispy potato puffs. Order these to go, alongside the excellent sandwiches and have a picnic in Tilden Park. (Gregoire has limited outdoor seating and is mostly take away) Saul's Restaurant and Delicatessen has been serving matzo ball soup, pastrami sandwiches and other Jewish food staples to happy residents for over thirty years. Enjoy hearty portions of tacos, enchiladas and other Mexican dishes at Picante, a Berkeley fixture for over twenty years.

Dinner

 

Casual: Wood-fired pizzas, a fun vibe, and handcrafted beer pack in the local crowds at Jupiter, housed in an old livery stable form the 1890's. Comal has a winning combination of excellent modern Mexican fare, killer cocktails, and a big outdoor patio. In the mood for Japanese? Iyasare is known for their ramen and tempura, while Ippuku fans rave about the grilled chicken 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. Trattoria La Siciliana is a solid Italian, right in town.

 

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.

Sweets & Snacks: 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:You can't miss the striking exterior of BAMPFA, the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive across from the main campus. With comparisons to Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim, allow time for a visit! 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
 

UC BERKELEY FAST FACTS

Established

1868

Mascot

Oski

School Colors

Berkeley Blue & California Gold

Acceptance Rate

17.5%

Common Application

No

Supplement Essays

N/A

Early Action/Decision

None

SAT

Average - 1480

ACT

Average - 32

Type

Public

Size

Large - 27,857 Undergraduates

Website

berkeley.edu

Region

West
West

Admissions Office

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

(p) (510) 642-6000
admissions@berkeley.edu

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division I

Greek Life

Yes

Noteworthy Alumni

Steve Wozniak
Gregory Peck
Chris Pine
Gordon Moore
Joan Didion

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