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University of California, Berkeley
THE UNIVERSITY OF California, Berkeley, is a public university located in the city of Berkeley near San Francisco, California. It was founded in 1855 through a merger of the College of California and the Agricultural, Mining, and Mechanical Arts College; it is the oldest of the 10 universities in the University of California system, which collectively enroll more that 214,000 students annually. Berkeley enrolled over 23,000 undergraduate and 10,000 graduate students in 2006 and employed almost 2,000 faculty members, 6,500 academic staff members, and 12,000 nonacademic staff members. Berkeley does not have a medical school (health sciences are taught at the nearby University of California, San Francisco), but it has 14 schools and colleges in the areas of business, chemistry, education, engineering, environmental design, information, journalism, law, letters and science, natural resources, optometry, public health, public policy, and social welfare. Berkeley has been a leader among American universities in fostering ...