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Berkeley is internationally noted for its academic excellence, so your sons and daughters will have the opportunity to work and study with many of the best minds in the world. The faculty currently includes seven Nobel laureates, 132 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 85 members of the National Academy of Engineering, and more NSF Young Investigators than at any other university in the country. In national surveys, Berkeley’s academic departments consistently rank among the top in the country.

By any standard, Berkeley is one of the world’s leading intellectual centers, renowned for the size and quality of its libraries and laboratories, the scope of its research and publications, and the distinction of its faculty and students. More students who earn bachelor’s degrees at Berkeley complete Ph.D.’s than graduates of any other university in the country.

The range of research projects at Berkeley is broad, reflecting the diversity of disciplines represented. The campus provides a distinctive environment in which faculty and students seek to expand fundamental knowledge of human nature, society, and the natural world.

Every year, the Berkeley campus honors several of its outstanding faculty members by presenting them with the Distinguished Teaching Award. Such recognition serves to remind us of the importance of teaching and the value we place on it. Students who attend Berkeley have the benefit of learning from world-renowned theorists and researchers who are often distinguished teachers as well. Recipients of past awards have pointed out that their research is often enhanced by the questions and responses of their students in the classroom, while at the same time, the excitement of generating new ideas and discoveries in research stimulates them to become better teachers.

Good teachers do more than convey information. They clarify the relationships among fields of knowledge, they ignite a desire to learn, and as a consequence, they often have a lifelong impact on their students’ lives and careers.

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