University of California, Berkeley

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University of California - Berkeley
City: Berkeley, California
Type: Public
Sports: baseball, basketball, crew, cross country, football, curling, field hockey, gold, gymnastics, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, swimming, softball, track and field, volleyball, water polo, tennis
Colors: Yale Blue and Golden Yellow
Mascot: Golden Bears
Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral[1]

The University of California at Berkeley was founded in 1868 and is located in Berkeley, California. UC Berkeley is the head campus of the University of California system, and is widely regarded by biased liberal sources as one of the top universities in the world, despite atheism and socialism that is promoted by some members of its staff[Citation Needed], is known as California or Cal in the sports sections of newspapers.


The roots of the University of California go back to the gold rush days of 1849, when the drafters of the State Constitution, a group of vigorous and farsighted people, required the legislature to "encourage by all suitable means the promotion of intellectual, scientific, moral and agricultural improvement" of the people of California. These early planners dreamed of a university which eventually, "if properly organized and conducted, would contribute even more than California's gold to the glory and happiness of advancing generations."

In the 1930s research on campus burgeoned in nuclear physics, chemistry, and biology, leading to the development of the first cyclotron by Ernest O. Lawrence, the isolation of the human polio virus, and the discovery of a string of elements heavier than uranium. Twenty members of the Berkeley faculty have been awarded Nobel Prizes for these and subsequent discoveries, as well as in literature and economics, for liberal arts kept pace with physical sciences. In 1966 Berkeley was recognized by the American Council on Education as "the best balanced distinguished university in the country." [1] In the 1960's UCB was the epicenter of the California counter culture movement. Ronald Reagan admonished the schools lack of morals and proper conduct in a 1966 speech when he was campaigning for governor of California.[2] Today the school is currently the highest ranked public university in the country, but the fact that despite its massive influx of state government money it consistently is outperformed by private schools like its rival Stanford is considered by many education experts to be definitive proof of the supremacy of private education.

Liberal bias

While it may have been balanced in its courses, today Berkeley is best known for its professors' well-known leftist biases. The university, like the city it is in, is a bastion for liberalism, socialism, and even atheism. It is well known that UC Berkeley uses its influence to liberalize the other University of California campuses as well as other public, educational institutions around the country. Berkeley is a prime example of the detrimental, liberal influence public universities place on the upcoming American generations.

The most likely reason Berkeley is rated so highly among universities is the inevitable mutual liberal bias between educational ranking systems and the university itself.


UC Berkeley's fourteen colleges.

See also

San Francisco values

External links


  1. College Search - University of California: Berkeley - Cal - At a Glance (English) (HTML). College Board. Retrieved on May 28, 2010.