According to the National Research Council, the university ranks highest in the United States in the number of graduate programs and programs for the scholarship of the faculty. In 2004 the UK Times Higher Education Supplement named the University of Berkeley the second among the top 200 universities in the world.
The university's number of students, who earn doctorates, is larger than in any other university in the United States. With nearly 7,000 courses in 280-degree programs, the university confers 5,500 Bachelor's degrees, 2,000 Master's degrees, 900 Doctorates and 200 Law degrees annually.
The university library system houses about 10 million volumes and ranks third in North America after the Harvard University and Yale University library systems.
The academic programs of the university are organized into fourteen schools and colleges: Haas School of Business, College of Chemistry, Graduate School of Education, College of Engineering, College of Environmental Design, School of Information Management and Systems, Graduate School of Journalism, Boalt Hall School of Law, School of Information, College of Letters and Science, College of Natural Resources, School of Optometry, School of Public Health, Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy, and School of Social Welfare.
The main campus is a home to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the Space Sciences Laboratory, the Lawrence Hall of Science and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute. California Gold and Yale Blue are official colors of the university, established in 1874. Gold represents the Golden State of California, while the reason for choosing Yale Blue were Yale University graduates, who comprised the majority of original faculty.
Much of the University of Berkeley is built in Beaux-Arts Classical Style, which is considered to be the most beautiful and scientific style. Over twenty buildings are designed in this style, including the Hearst Memorial Mining Building, the Hearst Greek Theatre, Doe Memorial Library, Wheeler Hall, California Hall, as well as others.
The University of Berkeley has also acquired a reputation of center for student activism. Berkeley sports teams, known as the California Golden Bears participate in the Pacific Ten Conference. The most important game on the schedule is the annual football Big Game between the students of Berkeley and those of Stanford University. Berkeley's Haas Pavilion and Memorial Stadium are considered to be some of the best college sports facilities.
In 1871 the independent student-run newspaper Daily Californian was founded, which became independent in 1971.
The Associated Students of the Berkeley University of California is responsible for organizing on-campus student events as well as controlling students groups funding.