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  • President Michael Drake portrait

    A message to the UC community from President Michael V. Drake, M.D.

    As Michael V. Drake, M.D., assumes his new role as UC’s 21st president, he sends his greetings and gratitude to the entire university community.

  • Student next to questions graphic in a screenshot

    How to answer UC's Personal Insight Questions

    About to start the Personal Insight Questions for the UC undergraduate application? Here are some helpful tips on what the questions are about and what they cover.

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    Help keep the University of California affordable

    Today's students deserve the same great UC education as previous generations. Let's grow California together.

  • President Obama speaking at the UC Irvine commencement ceremony

    President Obama at UC Irvine Commencement 2014

    President Barack Obama spoke at UC Irvine's commencement celebration at Angel Stadium.

  • Engineering aid for reserves

    UC Natural Reserve System

    UC Berke­ley engi­neer­ing stu­dents have devel­oped two com­pact, remote-controlled air­craft to keep tabs on UC Nat­ural Reserves.
  • UC Berkeley steps up to the plastic-waste challenge

    UC Berkeley

    Stepping up to the global challenge of trying to keep plastic waste from clogging waterways, coastlines and landfills, UC Berkeley is the first university in the world to embrace the Plastic Disclosure Project.
  • Magnolia Project

    Lower Ninth Ward kids get big lift from Cal students

    UC Berkeley

    Memorial Day camp organized by UC Berkeley students broadens horizons for youngsters from New Orleans.

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  • UC advocates for Congress, Biden administration to invest in college affordability with Double the Pell campaign

    The University of California announced today (Feb. 8) that it is launching the Double the Pell campaign to urge Congress and the new federal administration to charter a more affordable pathway to higher education for America’s students and families.

  • All-time record-high number of applicants apply to UC, with Chicano/Latino students comprising largest proportion

    The University of California announced today (Jan. 28) that the system received for fall 2021 admission the highest number of undergraduate applications in its history, even in the midst of a global pandemic. Highlights among California freshmen include a jump in overall applications and surges among African American and Chicano/Latino students, while California Community College transfer applications also grew by an impressive margin.

  • UC denounces attack on American democracy

    The orderly transfer of power has been a hallmark of our American democracy for more than two centuries. The shocking display of lawless violence in the nation’s capital on January 6 was an horrific, and ultimately tragic, affront to our national dignity. The University of California cherishes the free speech right of the people “peaceably to assemble” to share their grievances. But that is not what occurred in Washington, D.C., yesterday. We must stand together — regardless of political party or point of view — to condemn the violence on Wednesday and to uphold, protect and defend our bedrock values.

  • UC to continue to champion diverse student body despite rejection of Proposition 16

    The University of California is disappointed that Proposition 16, the state ballot measure and constitutional amendment that would have repealed Proposition 209, did not pass in this election. Proposition 16 would have helped reverse the detrimental and far-reaching initiative that banned the consideration of race, ethnicity and gender in admissions across public higher education, and other arenas, almost a quarter-century ago.

  • Aggie voices
    Spotlight on the UC Davis student experience — from the student's point of view.