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 public 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. 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 nearly 295,000 students and more than 241,000 faculty and staff. More than 2 million UC alumni live and work around the world. UC faculty and staff have been awarded 71 Nobel Prizes, and more than 60 National Medals of Science. UC academics include more than 600 members of the National Academy of Sciences. Detailed information about the University of California's teaching, research, and public service mission is available at the University of California website.