Berkeley Colleges and Schools

Berkeley is famous for the hippie culture that emerged there in the 1960s. Students attending colleges in Berkeley (many year-round) find the hippie vibe lives on, along with a start-up culture, exciting restaurant scene and a thriving downtown. The temperate climate, extensive public transportation and proximity to San Francisco are also attractive.

Berkeley Pre-College Scholars Summer Residential Program offers high school student the opportunity to live on-campus at UC Berkeley. Students take Berkeley courses to earn college credit while participating in extracurricular activities and workshops.

Fun Facts about Trade and Technical Schools in Berkeley

Among all Berkeley colleges, the California Jazz Conservatory stands out as the nation's only independent, accredited music conservatory devoted exclusively to the study and performance of jazz and related styles of music.

Berkeley City College, located practically across the street from UC Berkeley, has a wide range of certificate and associate degree programs. Its most popular associate programs are humanities, liberal arts, sociology and psychology. BCC has the second-highest percentage of students in the state who transfer to UC Berkeley.

Fun Facts about Berkeley Colleges and Universities

Of the four-year colleges and universities in Berkeley, the University of California, Berkeley (or "Cal") is best known for its academic excellence and its role in social and cultural movements (past and present). Cal has been ranked the world's No. 1 public university by U.S. News & World Report (2018). Here are some lesser-known facts about Cal: It is the all-time top producer of Peace Corps volunteers. 31 Nobel prizes have been awarded to Cal alumni. Discoveries and "firsts" at Cal include the Western Hemisphere's first string of seismographic stations (1887), the invention of a device to create clean smokestacks (1907) and the birth of the nation's first biotech company, Cetus (1971).

Graduate Schools in Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley has the most top-ranked doctoral programs in the nation. It offers more than 100 graduate programs.

Several other universities in Berkeley offer graduate-level religious studies. The largest is the Graduate Theological Union, which covers many religious traditions, such as Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism.

To see a full list of higher education institutions in the state, visit our California colleges page.


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  • California Jazz Conservancy, Accessed June 2019,
  • Graduate Theological Union, Accessed June 2019,
  • National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator, Accessed June 2019,
  • University of California, Berkeley, Accessed June 2019,
  • Why Berkeley, CA is a Top 100 Place to Live, Accessed June 2019,
Education Institutes in Berkeley
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Berkeley
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,
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