Photo Tour of UC Berkeley

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The University of California, Berkeley

UC Berkeley Campus
UC Berkeley Campus (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The University of California, Berkeley is a public research facility on the eastern end of the San Francisco Bay. Established in 1868, Berkeley is the oldest university in the University of California system. As a result, the university is often referred to as the University of California, or simply, Cal. There are over 35,000 students currently enrolled at UC Berkeley. Cal's most famous alumni include Gregory Peck, Steve ​Wozniak, Earl Warren, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, and Natalie Coughlin. Berkeley faculty, alumni, and researchers have won 71 Nobel Prizes.

UC Berkeley offers 350 undergraduate and graduate degree programs within its 14 schools: College of Chemistry, College of Engineering, College of Environmental Design, College of Letters and Science, College of Natural Resources, Graduate School of Education, Graduate School of Journalism, Haas School of Business, Goldman School of Public Policy, School of Information, School of Law, School of Optometry, School of Public Health, and the School of Welfare.

The California Golden Bear athletic teams are a member of the Pacific-12 Conference and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation of the NCAA. The Golden Bears have a long history of excellent athletic programs. Men's rugby has won 26 national titles; football, 5; men's crew, 15; and men's water polo, 13. Cal's school colors are Yale Blue and California Gold.

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Strawberry Creek at UC Berkeley

Strawberry Creek at UC Berkeley
Strawberry Creek at UC Berkeley (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Strawberry Creek is one of the most defining landscape features of the Berkeley campus. The creek begins at the top of the Berkeley Hills, near Memorial Stadium and runs through the campus. Strawberry Creek is home to three species of fish, as well as native plant life.

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Haas Pavilion at UC Berkeley

Haas Pavilion at UC Berkeley
Haas Pavilion at UC Berkeley (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Walter A. Haas Jr. Pavilion is home to UC Berkeley's men's and women's volleyball, gymnastics, and basketball teams. It is located between Edwards Stadium and the Playhouse. Built in 1933, the arena was first known as the Men's Gym, and then the Harmon Gym in 1959. From 1997 to 1999, the arena underwent heavy renovation following a $11 million donation from Walter A. Haas, Jr. of the Levi Strauss & Co.

Today, the arena has a seating capacity of 11,877--almost twice as large as the pre-1997 arena. Haas Pavilion features The Bench, a courtside section that can hold up to 900 student fans.

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Memorial Stadium at UC Berkeley

Memorial Stadium at UC Berkeley
Memorial Stadium at UC Berkeley (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Memorial Stadium is the home venue for the University of California Golden Bears of the Pac-12 Conference. The stadium was designed in 1923 by John Galen Howard, the architect behind many of UC Berkeley's historic buildings. Following a 2012 renovation, the stadium currently features a Matrix Turf field and a seating capacity of 63,000, making it the largest stadium in Northern California exclusively for football. In addition to the stadium's Classical Revival architectural style, its prime location at the top of the Berkeley Hills gives spectators great views of the San Francisco Bay.

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Recreational Sports Center at UC Berkeley

Recreational Sports Center at UC Berkeley
Recreational Sports Center at UC Berkeley (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Recreational Sports Center is Cal's primary student recreation and fitness facility. Located on the southwest corner of campus next to Edwards Stadium, the center features an Olympic-sized swimming pool, 3 weight rooms, basketball courts, seven racquetball courts, six squash courts, and a fitness area with elliptical, treadmills, rowing machines, and stationary bikes. There are also private studios for group exercise classes, martial arts, and table tennis.

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Hellman Tennis Center and Edwards Stadium at UC Berkeley

Hellman Tennis Center and Edwards Stadium at UC Berkeley
Hellman Tennis Center and Edwards Stadium at UC Berkeley (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Named in honor of former alumnus Isias Warren Hellman III, the Hellman Tennis Center is home to Cal's tennis teams. The center was built in 1983 and features five courts used for practice and home dual match competitions. In 1993, the entrance to the center was renovated and named in honor of Thomas Stow, the 1926 NCAA doubles champion. The installment of Stow Plaza created a main entrance and a landscaped patio.

Behind the Hellman Tennis Center is Edwards Stadium, home to Cal's Track & Field team as well as the men's and women's soccer teams. Built in 1932, Edwards Stadium has long been known as one of the largest exclusive track and field facilities in the United States. With a capacity of 22,000, Edwards Stadium has hosted eight NCAA and Pac-12 championship meets and a National AAU championship. Prior to the 2013 season, an all-weather surface was installed to the track and field. Since 1999, the Cal men's and women's soccer teams have used Goldman Field as their home venue after it was converted to a regulation soccer field.

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Chavez Student Center at UC Berkeley

Chavez Student Center at UC Berkeley
Chavez Student Center at UC Berkeley (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Built in 1960, the Chavez Student Center is home to a majority of Cal's student services, including the Center for Transfer, Re-Entry & Student Parents, student advising and resources, as well as many student organizations.

The Chavez Student Center is also home to The Golden Bear, which offers grab-n-go food as well as made-to-order food, like sandwiches, salads, and grilled items.

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MLK Jr. Student Union at UC Berkeley

MLK Jr. Student Union at UC Berkeley
MLK Jr. Student Union at UC Berkeley (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Built in 1961, the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union acts as a central hub for student activity in Sproul Plaza. The student union is home to a student store, an information center, a multicultural center, meeting rooms, restaurants, and a pub for 21+ students.

Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union also features Pauley Ballroom, a 9,000 sq. ft. open space with hardwood floors. The ballroom hosts private events throughout the year.

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Stiles Hall at UC Berkeley

Stiles Hall at UC Berkeley
Stiles Hall at UC Berkeley (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Located on Bancroft Way, one of the four streets that borders the UC Berkeley campus, Stiles Hall acts as the community service center of Cal students. Founded in 1884, Stiles Hall is a private, non-profit agency dedicated to helping low-income, inner city youth stay in school. The center also provides other community service programs such as Sports For Kids, in which students volunteer to coach local youth sports, and Elderly Companionship, in which students form close relationships with a senior citizen from the local community.

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Sather Gate at UC Berkeley

Sather Gate at UC Berkeley
Sather Gate at UC Berkeley (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Sather Gate is a Berkeley landmark separating Sproul Plaza from the bridge over Strawberry Creek to the center of campus. Sather Gate is considered a California Historic Landmark. Completed in 1910, the gate features eight figures: four nude women symbolizing agriculture, architecture, art, and electricity, and four nude men symbolizing law, letters, medicine, and mining. Student organizations hold events and fundraisers outside of Sather Gate every day.

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Sather Tower at UC Berkeley

Sather Tower at UC Berkeley
Sather Tower at UC Berkeley (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

UC Berkeley's most recognizable landmark, Sather Tower is a bell and clock tower located at the center of campus. It is commonly referred to as the Campanile due to its resemblance to the Campanile di San Marco in Venice. It was designed by John Galen Howard. Completed in 1914, the 307 ft. tower is the third tallest bell and clock tower in the world.

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Bowles Hall at UC Berkeley

Bowles Hall at UC Berkeley
Bowles Hall at UC Berkeley (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Bowles Hall is an all-male residence hall known for its long-held traditions. Built in 1928, Bowles was the first residence on Cal's campus. The building features the classic Tudor architectural style, a hallmark for designer George W. Kelham. The building offers triple room suites with a private common room. Bowles Hall has a significant number of parking spaces, incredible views of the bay, and easy access to the Greek Theatre and Memorial Stadium--making it an ideal location for many male students. However, as of 2005, UC Berkeley allows only freshmen males into Bowles.

Bowles has many long standing traditions due to the level of camaraderie an all-male dormitory produces. For example, Bowles residents participate in the Alakazoo--a midnight water fight in the central courtyard during finals week.

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Foothill Student Housing--Stern Hall at UC Berkeley

Foothill Student Housing--Stern Hall at UC Berkeley
Foothill Student Housing--Stern Hall at UC Berkeley (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

 

Foothill is a student housing complex located at the top of the Berkeley Hills on the northeast end of campus. The complex is home to seven coed residential buildings. Each building features single, double, and triple rooms in suites that vary from three to eleven bedrooms. Each suite has a shared bathroom. Foothill is an ideal housing location for first and second-year students.

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Hoyt Hall Cooperative at UC Berkeley

Hoyt Hall Cooperative at UC Berkeley
Hoyt Hall Cooperative at UC Berkeley (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Hoyt Hall is one of 17 houses that are a part of the Berkeley Student Cooperatives. The BSC is not affiliated with Cal, and thanks to its cheaper prices and proximity to campus, the cooperatives have always been a popular option for many students since its creation in 1933.

Today, the BSC houses over 1300 students. Occupancy ranges from 40-120 residents per house. Known as "Co-Ops," residents in each house must perform specific duties like cleaning or cooking. Food is provided for the house and its ​boarders through the BSC, which helps keep rent low. The BSC Board consists of students who are elected by residents every year. However, there is also a permanent staff of 20, including maintenance, office, and food warehouse employees. Each house has a student manager who supervises the day-to-day activity of the house.

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International House at UC Berkeley

International House at UC Berkeley
International House at UC Berkeley (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The International House is a campus residence and program center that focuses on cross-cultural experiences. I-House is home for up to 600 students from over 60 countries around the world. The residence hall features programs throughout the year, including lectures, films, and festivals with an international focus. Founded in 1930, I-House was the first coeducational residence hall west of the Mississippi. It is also part of a network of International Houses Worldwide. Students must apply to live in I-House.

Residents of I-House also have access to the International House Café. Along with one of the best views of the San Francisco Bay on campus, the International House Café offers coffee, sandwiches, salads, soups, and juices.

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Greek Life at UC Berkeley

Greek Life at UC Berkeley
Greek Life at UC Berkeley (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

A majority of Cal's Greek Life is centralized along the northeast end of Bancroft Way (one of the four streets that border UC Berkeley's square campus). In total there are currently 33 sorority and fraternity chapters on campus.

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Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley

Hearst Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley
Hearst Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Hearst Greek Theatre is an 8,500-seat amphitheater located next to Memorial Stadium. The Greek Theatre hosts concerts, the Berkeley Jazz Festival, and UC Berkeley's graduation ceremonies. Built in 1903, the amphitheater was the first building designed by John Galen Howard--the designer of Sather Tower and Memorial Stadium. Construction of the building was financed by newspaper giant William Randolph Hearst. The venue also hosts the Big Game Bonfire Rally before the "Big Game" against rival Stanford.

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Alumni House at UC Berkeley

Alumni House at UC Berkeley
Alumni House at UC Berkeley (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Across from the Zellerbach Playhouse, the Alumni House is the headquarters for the California Alumni Association--UC Berkeley's alumni organization. Built in 1954, the Alumni House hosts annual networking events while providing a meeting place for Cal Alumni.

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Memorial Glade at UC Berkeley

Memorial Glade at UC Berkeley
Memorial Glade at UC Berkeley (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The main entrance to Doe Memorial Library overlooks Memorial Glade, a memorial to Cal alumni who served in World War II.

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Downtown Berkeley, California

Downtown Berkeley, California
Downtown Berkeley, California (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Downtown Berkeley is just a couple blocks west of campus. With great local bars, restaurants and retail stores, it is a popular escape from campus. The BART, (Bay Area Rapid Transportation) is located in Downtown Berkeley, giving students the opportunity to travel easily to San Francisco and other locations in the bay area.

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