The University of California, Berkeley (also referred to as UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California, or simply Cal) is a public research university located in Berkeley, California, United States. The university occupies 1,232 acres (499ha) on the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay with the central campus resting on 178 acres (72ha). Berkeley is among the most selective public universities in the United States. It offers approximately 350 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. Established in 1868 as the result of merger of the private College of California and the public Agricultural, Mining, and Mechanical Arts College in Oakland, Berkeley is the oldest of the ten major campuses affiliated with the University of California (UC). Berkeley has been charged with providing both 'classical' and 'practical' education for the state's people and is the flagship institution in the University of California system.
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