Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Berkeley University

View from Memorial Glade of Sather Tower (The Campanile), the center of UC Berkeley. The ring of its bells and clock can be observed from all over campus.

Sather gate and Sather tower (the Campanile) from Sproul Plaza on the UC Berkeley campus

Sather Tower (the Campanile) looking out over the San Francisco Bay and Mount Tamalpais.

South Hall (1873)
 one of the two original buildings of the University of California, still stands on the Berkeley campus


In 1866, the land comprising the current Berkeley campus was purchased by the private College of California. Because it lacked sufficient funds to operate, it eventually merged with the state-run Agricultural, Mining, and Mechanical Arts College to form the University of California, the first full-curriculum public university in the state. 
The university opened in September 1869. Frederick Billings was a trustee of the College of California and suggested that the college be named in honor of the Anglo-Irish philosopher George Berkeley
In 1870 Henry Durant, the founder of the College of California, became the first president. With the completion of North and South Halls in 1873, the university relocated to its Berkeley location with 167 male and 222 female students and held its first classes.


Berkeley's 130-plus academic departments and programs are organized into 14 colleges and schools.[2] "Colleges" are both undergraduate and graduate, while "Schools" are generally graduate only, though some offer undergraduate majors, minors, or courses.
UC Berkeley does not have a medical school; however, the University of California, San Francisco is a standalone medical school that is located nearby.

University of California, Berkeley
MottoLatinFiat Lux
Motto in EnglishLet There Be Light
EstablishedMarch 23, 1868
Endowment$3.15 billion (June 2011) [1]
ChancellorRobert J. Birgeneau
Undergraduates25,530 (Fall 2009)[2]
Postgraduates10,313 (Fall 2009)[2]
LocationBerkeleyCalifornia,United States
6,651 acres (2,692 ha)[3]
Nobel Laureates70[4]
Colors     Yale Blue
     California Gold
Athletics27 Varsity Teams
NCAA Division I
California Golden Bears
MascotOski the Bear
University of California
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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Stanford University
Leland Stanford Junior University

Seal of Stanford University
MottoDie Luft der Freiheit weht
Motto in EnglishThe wind of freedom blows[1]
EndowmentUS$ 16.5 billion(2011)[3]
PresidentJohn L. Hennessy
ProvostJohn Etchemendy
Academic staff1,910[4]
CampusSuburban, 8,180 acres (3,310 ha)[6]
ColorsCardinal red and white         
AthleticsNCAA Division I(FBS) Pac-12
MascotStanford Tree (unofficial)
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Stanford Main Quad at night
Lou Henry and Herbert Hoover house

Hoover Tower
Stanford Memorial Church