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Campus facts at a glance

 

Berkeley

Davis

Irvine

Los Angeles

Merced

Riverside

San Diego

San Francisco

Santa Barbara

Santa Cruz

Established

1868

1905

1965

1919

2005

1959

1960

1873

1944

1965

Campus
size

1,232
acres

5,300
acres

1,530 
acres

419
acres

810
acres9

1,200
acres

1,200
acres

185
acres15

1,055
acres

2,000
acres

Student
enrollment

35,899 
(25,774 
undergrad,
10,119 grad)1

33,300 
(25,817
undergrad,
6,537 grad)1

28,184 
(22,309 
undergrad,
5,170 grad)1

41,341 
(27,941 
undergrad,
12,004 grad)1

5,760 
(5,431 
undergrad,
329 grad)1

21,005 
(18,583
undergrad,
2,422 grad)1

29,059
(22,676 
undergrad,
5,618 grad)1

4,8071

21,927 
(18,989 
undergrad,
2,938 grad)1

17,404 
(15,978 
undergrad,
1,426 grad)1

Ladder-rank
faculty

1,4882

1,361

1,109 

1,731 

153 

604 

1,38613

2,400

1,166

83617

Degree
programs

3542

189 

179 

3267

29 

187 

150+

289

200+

115

Operating
expenditures

$2.2B
(FY 2011-12)3

$3.2B
(FY 2011-12)

$1.9B
(FY 2011-12) 

$5.4B
(FY 2011-12)8

$112M
(FY 2009-10)

$470M
(FY 2009-10)12

$2.7B
(FY 2009-10)14

$3.3B
(FY 2010)

$668M
(FY 2010)16

$596M
(FY 2011-12)

Chancellor

Nicholas
Dirks 

Linda Katehi

Michael V.
Drake, M.D.

Gene Block

Dorothy
Leland

Jane Close
Conoley
(interim)

Pradeep Khosla 

Susan Desmond-
Hellmann, M.D., MPH

Henry T.
Yang

George
Blumenthal

Source
(unless noted)

UC Berkeley
campus
website

UC Davis
campus
website

UC Irvine
2013 Facts & Figures

www.aim.ucla.edu

UC Merced
campus
website

About UCR
website

UCSD website,
UCSD General Catalog

About UCSF 

UCSB
campus
website

UCSC
website;
campus profile

12010 UC Statistical Summary of Students and Staff 2UC Berkeley General Catalog, 2009-2011 3UC Berkeley Annual Financial Report 2011-12 7www.registrar.ucla.edu/catalog/catalog11-12-6.htm 8UCLA Annual Financial Report 2011-12  9 Includes certificate programs.12http://apb.ucr.edu/budget_staffing_info.html 13Budgeted FTEs. UCSD Institutional Research unit 14UC San Diego Budget Office 15June 2010 UCSF Economic Impact Report 16http://bap.ucsb.edu/IR/campusprofile/cp2010.pdf

Profiles

Berkeley

The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus was established at Berkeley, on the San Francisco Bay. Founded in the wake of the gold rush by leaders of the newly established 31st state, the University of California's flagship campus at Berkeley has become one of the preeminent universities in the world. U.S. News & World Report (2012) ranks UC Berkeley 1st among the nation’s public universities, and the campus was a founding member of the Association of American Universities, established in 1900 to advance the quality and standing of American doctoral institutions. 

Academics

UC Berkeley's academic enterprise is organized by colleges and schools, most of which are subdivided into departments.  Its 14 colleges and schools are:

Undergraduate Study:

  • Students may choose from more than 100 academic programs
  • Each year, some 13,000 undergraduate classes, labs, and sections are taught
  • Berkeley’s undergraduate program has been ranked the best at any public university in the United States for more than 10 years by U.S. News & World Report

Graduate Study:

  • Degrees are offered through 96 doctoral, 87 master’s, and 32 professional-degree programs
  • Each year more than 8,000 graduate courses are offered
  • The National Research Council has consistently ranked Berkeley among the top in nearly every discipline
  • In U.S. News & World Report’s 2011 graduate-program rankings in business, engineering, public health, and law, Berkeley placed in the top 10 in each discipline

Sources:  UC Berkeley academics website; 2011 Accountability Report, Chapter 13 - Rankings; 2010 Accountability Report, Berkeley campus profile

Davis

Founded as the University Farm amid the fertile fields of the state's Central Valley in 1905, UC Davis initially emerged as an acknowledged international leader in agricultural, biological, biotechnological and environmental sciences.  In 1959, Davis was established as a general campus of the University of California and has since gained recognition for excellence in the arts, humanities, social sciences, engineering, education, health sciences, law and management.  U.S. News & World Report (2012) ranks UC Davis eighth among public universities nationally and the campus is among a select group admitted into the prestigious Association of American Universities.

Academics

UC Davis offers more than 110 undergraduate majors and more than 70 graduate programs through four colleges: 

In addition, UC Davis' six professional schools are a combination unique within the University of California:

Source:  UC Davis academics website

Irvine

Irvine was one of three new University of California campuses established in the 1960s under the California Master Plan for Higher Education. UC Irvine admitted its first students in 1965, and since then has enjoyed an unparalleled combination of rapid growth in enrollment and an equally impressive increase in the size, quality and influence of its research programs, performing arts and professional schools. U.S. News & World Report (2012) ranks the Irvine campus 12th among the nation’s best public universities and 46th among all national public and private universities. UC Irvine is one of the youngest institutions in the Association of American Universities, gaining membership in 1996.

Academics

UC Irvine is noted for its top-rated research and graduate programs, extensive commitment to undergraduate education, and growing number of professional schools and programs of academic and social significance. Recent additions include public health, pharmaceutical sciences and nursing science programs, as well as a new School of Law that welcomed its first students in fall 2009. 

UC Irvine includes the following academic units:

Sources:  UCI  website; 2011 UC Accountability Report, Chapter 13 - Rankings

UCLA

In 1919, the Los Angeles State Normal School was transferred to the University of California and became its Southern Branch.  At that time, the campus offered two-year undergraduate programs in teachers training.  Third- and fourth-year courses were soon added and by 1927 the Southern Branch had earned its new name: University of California at Los Angeles. Today UCLA has grown to be the largest research university in California and one of the largest in the country.  In the 2012 issue of U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges and Universities,” UCLA ranked second among public research universities. The campus is also among a select group admitted into the prestigious Association of American Universities.

Academics

The UCLA campus has one College and 11 professional schools.  Each has its own degree requirements and is headed by a dean who has final academic authority. UCLA students enroll in the University and in the College or one of the schools listed below:

The College of Letters and Science offers programs leading to both undergraduate and graduate degrees, as do the School of the Arts and Architecture, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Nursing, and School of Theater, Film, and Television.

The other professional schools offer graduate programs exclusively: the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, School of Law, John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management, Meyer and Renee Luskin School of Public Affairs and, in the health sciences, the School of Dentistry, David Geffen School of Medicine, and School of Public Health.

U.S. News & World Report ranked UCLA as the second best national public university in 2012. In addition, UCLA’s graduate programs in education and public health were ranked in the top 10 nationally.

Sources:  UCLA General Catalog, Colleges and Schools and Teaching; 2011 UC Accountability Report, Chapter 13 – Rankings

Merced

UC Merced opened Sept. 5, 2005, as the 10th campus in the University of California system and the first American research university of the 21st century.  The campus significantly expands access to the UC system for students throughout the state, with a special mission to increase college-going rates among students in the San Joaquin Valley.  It also serves as a major base of advanced research and as a stimulus to economic growth and diversification throughout the region.  Situated near Yosemite National Park, the University is expected to grow rapidly, topping out at about 25,000 students within 30 years.

Academics

UC Merced includes the following schools and divisions:

Source:  UC Merced academics website

Riverside 

The roots of the UC Riverside campus date back to 1907, when the California Legislature established the Citrus Experiment Station to research agricultural issues facing Southern California. In 1948, the University of California Regents approved the establishment of the College of Letters and Science and the College opened for classes in February 1954.  In 1959, UC Riverside was declared a general campus by the Regents and courses of study, including graduate programs, began to be developed.  Today, UC Riverside is the only campus of the UC system located in inland Southern California, and it is widely recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the nation.  

Academics

UC Riverside offers 80 bachelor degree programs, 46 master's degree programs, 38 Ph.D. programs and 17 California teaching and administrative credential programs.

UC Riverside’s academic programs are organized into three colleges, each encompassing wide-ranging subjects of study. These colleges are:

UC Riverside has three stand-alone graduate/professional school programs.

In addition, a School of Public Policy has been approved by the UC Board of Regents and is in development.

Sources:  UC Riverside fact sheet; UC Riverside academics website

San Diego

UC San Diego was established in 1960, building upon the foundation of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the nation’s first multidisciplinary oceanographic institution, founded in 1903.  At first, only graduate degrees in the physical sciences were offered, but in the fall of 1964 the campus also opened for undergraduates. Today the San Diego campus is renowned for its collaborative, diverse and cross-disciplinary ethos that transcends traditional boundaries in the sciences, engineering, medicine, and the arts and humanities. U.S. News & World Report (2012) ranks UC San Diego eighth among the nation’s best public universities and 35th among all national public and private universities. The campus was elected to membership in the Association of American Universities in 1982. 

Academics

The master plan conceived by UC San Diego’s founders borrowed from Oxford and Cambridge Universities’ concept to provide a family of colleges, each with its own special academic and social flavor. UC San Diego’s undergraduate students gain a sense of belonging through affiliation with one of the campus’s six semiautonomous colleges:

UC San Diego’s academic programs are organized into the five academic divisions and five graduate and professional schools:

Sources:  UCSD General Catalog; UCSD academics website

San Francisco

Founded in 1873, UCSF is the only campus in the UC system dedicated exclusively to health sciences.  Today, UCSF is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care.  UCSF boasts high-ranking schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing, and pharmacy and a Graduate Division, as well as one of the nation’s top medical centers.
Academics

UCSF is renowned for its excellence in educating and training students in the health professions, through its professional schools and gradate division:

  • The UCSF School of Dentistry is recognized nationwide for its innovative approaches to dental education, including combined DDS-PhD and DDS-MBA programs and a special one-year training course geared to helping disadvantaged students gain admission to US dental schools.
  • The UCSF School of Medicine is the only school in the country to rank among the top five in both research and primary care in the 2010-11 survey on America’s best graduate schools by US News & World Report. UCSF is tied for No. 4 in research and tied for No. 5 in primary care.
  • The UCSF School of Nursing ranked No. 4 in the nation in the most recent (2011) US News & World Report survey on best nursing schools.
  • The UCSF School of Pharmacy ranked No. 1 in the nation in the most recent (2012) US News & World Report survey of best schools of pharmacy.
  • The Graduate Division’s Ph.D. programs rank at the top nationally, including several in the top 10, according to the prestigious National Research Council’s 2010 survey.  The seven programs in the top 10 are: nursing, bioengineering, biochemistry and molecular biology, neuroscience, biophysics, biomedical sciences, and cell biology.  Another five programs are rated among the nation's best: medical anthropology, chemistry and chemical biology, sociology, genetics, and oral and craniofacial sciences.  

Source:  About UCSF website

Santa Barbara

Originally a small, independent teachers college, Santa Barbara joined the University of California system in 1944 and has since grown to be an integral and important part of public post secondary education in the state.  In just six decades as a campus of the University of California, UC Santa Barbara has become internationally recognized as a leading center for teaching and research, distinguished by its interdisciplinary programs and a commitment to innovation. U.S. News & World Report (2012) includes UC Santa Barbara among the top 50 universities in the country and ranks it 10th among all public institutions. UC Santa Barbara is one of only 61 institutions elected to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities.

Academics

UCSB offers degrees through the following colleges and schools:

Undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees are offered in numerous fields of study; a complete list can be found at the UCSB General Catalog.

Sources:  UCSB Academics website; UCSB General Catalog

Santa Cruz

Founded in 1965 as an innovative, residential college-based university, UC Santa Cruz combines the advantages and human-scale community of a series of small colleges with the depth and rigor of a major research university. UC Santa Cruz has a rich history of innovative, cutting-edge and interdisciplinary scholarship, from the internationally prominent History of Consciousness program to the Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering, which supports the Genome Browser, a crucial resource for the international scientific community exploring biological and medical issues resulting from genome sequencing.  Its location on the shores of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and within close proximity to Silicon Valley gives UC Santa Cruz unparalleled access to resources that provide a dynamic laboratory for exploration, collaboration, and research.  U.S. News & World Report (2012) ranks UC Santa Cruz 32nd among the nation’s best public universities.

Academics

At UCSC, academic departments are organized within the Arts, Humanities, Physical & Biological Sciences, and Social Sciences divisions, and the Baskin School of Engineering.

Academic Divisions & School of Engineering

Degrees are offered in 55 undergraduate majors, 25 masters and certificates, and 32 doctoral programs.  At the undergraduate level, UC Santa Cruz offers three bachelor’s degrees: the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Sciences. At the graduate level, UC Santa Cruz offers two certificates and three master’s degrees: Master of Arts, Master of Sciences and Master of Fine Arts; and three doctoral degrees: Doctorate of Musical Arts, Doctorate of Education and Doctorate of Philosophy.

Sources:  UCSC Academics website; UCSC Planning & Budget Office’s Campus Profile, 2010-11 Edition


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