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Detail from "Memorial Stadium from Southeast, 1966" (Ansel Adams)


The Berkeley campus of the University of California stretches from the center of the city eastward into a range of steep hills and commands a magnificent view of San Francisco and the Golden Gate. Overall area of the campus is 1,232 acres, though the main campus, with its park-like atmosphere and many academic buildings, is on the lower 178 acres. Overlooking the main campus are several research units, most notably the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory. Much of the rugged upper hill area is still undeveloped.

This campus, the oldest and second largest of the University, began operations in 1869 in the buildings formerly owned by the College of California in Oakland. Classes began at Berkeley in 1873 upon completion of North and South Halls (South Hall still stands). When the doors opened, 167 men and 222 women students enrolled.

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