California traces its origins back to the discovery of gold and the subsequent massive influx of those seeking to make their fortunes by sifting the rich dirt of the sate or panning its streams. However, in 1868, the State set its eyes on a future that provided something more valuable than precious metal – the opportunity for quality education. This was the year that the State constitution envisaged an institution of higher learning that would provide California with a legacy that would contribute more than ‘gold to the glory and happiness of advancing generations.’
This statement was the genesis of the University of California, Berkeley. It was to become one of the most influential tertiary education institutions in the United States. It is known not only for the quality of the education that it provides students but also for the activism of those students in encouraging debate around topical issues – and even demonstrating resistance to policies that the student body viewed (and views) as running contrary to the ideals of the United States Constitution.
The reputation of the University is well founded. It has been ranked as the number one public university on the world – and rated number in a global list of higher educational institutions. That was based on a study by U.S. News & World Report. That ranking placed the University of California, Berkeley above The California Institute of Technology which was in sixth place and allowed in to share one of the top ten spots with illustrious institutions such as Cambridge, Columbia, and Princeton. Anong the many accolades UC Berkeley received in this research was its ranking as first in chemistry and environment/ecology. It also ranked highly in physics, space science, economics, and business and biology. It was also recognized as being among the best in the world when it came to the quality of academic research that emerged from its hallowed halls.
The University today boasts a student body of just over 41,000 learners and given the history of excellence by past graduates it is almost certain that a fair percentage of those who graduate from the university will go on to greater things. Some of them might join the group of 31 alumni who have received Nobel prizes in fields as diverse as medicine, physics, chemistry, and economics. Others might go on to attain Olympic glory – and join the 117 gold medal winners who were educated at the University of California Berkeley.
Others will simply enjoy the vibrancy of campus life and come away with not only a quality education (helped in part no doubt by the 12 million books held in UC Berkeley libraries) but also a deeper appreciation for both American values and global society. At the same time, they will be interacting with other students from all over the world and simply having fun. It doesn’t matter whether they will be living in one of the wonderful dorms on campus or eating at one of the cafes that are spread throughout the campus – they will be talking, exploring, learning and broadening their minds. Those, after all, are the underpinnings of a quality educational experience.
OTHER NEARBY BERKELEY DESTINATIONS
- Telegraph Avenue and People’s Park
- Tilden Regional Park
- The Lawrence Hall of Science
- The Berkeley Marina
Getting to SpeedPro East Bay from the University Of California, Berkeley
via I-880 S
- Head west on Crescent Lawn toward Oxford St
- Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Oxford St
- Turn right onto Kittredge St
- Turn left onto Shattuck Ave
- Turn right onto 52nd St
- Use the right 2 lanes to turn slightly right onto the
ramp to Downtown Oakland/San
- Keep right at the fork, follow signs for
Downtown/Oakland/Interstate 980 and merge
onto CA-24 W
- Continue onto I-980 W
- Merge onto I-880 S
- Take exit 39B toward Kennedy St
- Continue onto Kennedy St (signs for Fruitvale
- Turn right onto 23rd Ave
- Continue onto 29th Ave/Park St
- Turn right onto Blanding Ave
- Turn left onto Oak St
- Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Clement