Some public universities in California are University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Los Angeles, or UCLA; University of California, Irvine; University of California, San Diego; and San Diego State University. U.S. News and World Report ranks Berkeley and UCLA as the two best public universities in the country as of 2016, with Irvine and San Diego tied for the number nine spot. San Diego State is number 79.
The University of California, Berkeley was founded in 1868. In addition to its top ranking among public universities, this institution ranks 20th overall. The school, frequently called simply "Cal," is home to 14 schools and colleges and more than 27,000 undergraduate students.
Founded in 1919, UCLA has more than 29,000 undergraduate students and is located only 5 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The sports teams compete in the Pac-12 Conference. UCLA ranks 23rd overall in the best colleges category.
Irvine ranks 39th in overall colleges in the nation despite its relatively recent 1965 founding. Undergraduate enrollment exceeds 24,000 students. The school is home to several highly regarded graduate programs.
Founded in 1969, the University of California, San Diego ties Irvine for 39th place overall in college rankings. Almost 25,000 undergraduates attend this university, which houses six undergraduate and five graduate and professional schools.
Nearby San Diego State, which was founded in 1897, enrolls more than 28,000 undergraduates. Popular majors include a number of business and social science disciplines.