College of Environmental Design


Photo: David Schmitz

Why Berkeley?

At Berkeley, our faculty and students participate in real-world issues, challenging current thinking and working to design a better future. As a CED student, you’ll be a part of one of the most highly rated institutions in the world, among renowned faculty — 22 Nobel laureates to date! — and a richly diverse community of students, in an unparalleled intellectually dynamic environment.

Founded in the wake of the California gold rush, the University of California's flagship campus at Berkeley has become one of the preeminent universities in the world — a catalyst of economic growth and social innovation and a place where talented students from a variety of backgrounds and means come together to explore their potential and shape the future.

Photo: Blake Garden, UC Berkeley


Located on the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay, with spectacular views of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, the Berkeley campus occupies 1232 tranquil wooded acres, of which 178 comprise the central core. As you wander through campus you’ll be surrounded by historically significant Beaux Art classical and collegiate gothic-style buildings designed by John Galen Howard as well as structures by Bernard Maybeck, Julia Morgan, Frederick Law Olmsted, Charles Moore and Joseph Esherick. 

There is a wonder of things to see, explore and experience at Berkeley. The campus is home to 32 libraries — in 2008, the Association of Research Libraries ranked the UC Berkeley's University Library as the No. 1 public research university library in the country. Berkeley hosts numerous museums and galleries, including seven natural history museums, the Berkeley Art Museum which houses diverse collections of more than 13,000 objects, and the Pacific Film Archive which includes 10,000 films.


And don’t forget Cal athletics and the famous Memorial Stadium, home to the Cal Bears. If you’re itching to add sports to your curriculum, the university hosts 29 men's and women's intercollegiate squads. Cal consistently ranks among the best overall athletic departments in the country. Plus Cal's Recreational Sports programs open up unlimited outdoor experiences. (video)

Visit Us

The UC Berkeley Visitor Center offers tours seven days a week, with reservation, all year (except for Thanksgiving and the winter holiday period).  Led by expert student guides who know the campus and the nuances of student life, the campus tour is ideal for students interested in attending UC Berkeley or tourists wishing to learn more about the campus.  Tours are conducted rain or shine free of charge. For a full-on experience, join us for Cal Day, our annual Open House extravaganza!

View of the Beautiful Berkeley Campus

Photo: David Schmitz