"Easily the best year of my life. A renowned University, with world famous Professors at your fingertips. And a beach on campus! What more could you want?" - Tom, UC Santa Barbara (AMS)
When it first opened its doors in 1869, the University of California had just 10 faculty members and 38 students. Today, the UC system includes more than 220,000 students and more than 170,000 faculty and staff.
From its inception 20 years after the California Gold Rush, UC faculty and students have looked to cross the horizons of what we know about ourselves and the world and what we can do in it.
UC researchers are pioneers in agriculture, medicine, technology and the environment. Many of the state's leading businesses have connections to UC. Thousands of California jobs, billions of dollars in revenues and countless everyday household items can be traced back to UC discoveries.
UC's ten campuses are at Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara. Besides world-class classrooms and labs, UC has dozens of museums, concert halls, art galleries, botanical gardens, observatories and marine centres.