University of California-Berkeley
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For many, the name “UC Berkeley” conjures up images of tree-hugging hippies, political activists and engineering nerds.
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- Full name: University of California-Berkeley
- Location: Berkeley
- Founded: 1868
- Tuition: $12,864
- Setting: Urban
- Public/Private: Public
- Selectivity: More Selective
- % Applications Admitted: 22%
- Undergraduates: 25,951
- Graduates: 10,247
University of California-Berkeley on this year's ranking list:
We know what you're thinking: UC Berkeley ended up on this list because it's just a short ride away from San Francisco, the undisputed LGBT cultural capitol of the US. And while that proximity will certainly be both a draw and a boon to some LGBT students, it wouldn't mean as much without comprehensive on-campus resources. Luckily, Berkeley doesn't disappoint: thanks to an undergraduate class of over 25,000, the school is able to support a wide range of specialized LGBT groups. Some are activity oriented, like Out In Business, which focuses on LGBT students looking to enter
professional fields, and some are more identity based, like Cal Queer & Asian. Berkeley is even home to Sigma Epsilon Omega, a fraternity specifically for gay students. Unsurprisingly, the school offers a Gender and Women's Studies major as well as an LGBT studies minor. Meanwhile the Gender Equity resource center runs yearly workshops (even for groups not affiliated with the school) and is big enough to have not only a dedicated staff, but an internship program as well. And if there's anything a student can't find on the campus? Like we said, San Francisco's right next-door.
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