The University of California

The University of California opened its doors in 1869 with just 10 faculty members and 38 students, and it has since developed into one of the world’s most distinguished university systems. Acclaimed for its research, scholarship, and dedication to undergraduate and graduate education, the UC system improves the lives of people in California and around the world through world-class educational opportunities, groundbreaking research, top-rated health care, and agricultural expertise.

Ten University of California campuses are located regionally throughout the state, and the system also includes five medical centers, three national laboratories, and more than 800 associated research institutes, laboratories, agricultural field stations, and extension centers.

The University of California includes more than 280,000 students and more than 227,000 faculty and staff. More than 27 million UC alumni live and work around the world. UC faculty have won 64 Nobel prizes and 63 National Medals of Science. UC academics include more than 580 members of the National Academy of Sciences and more than 500 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.