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Founded in 1868, Berkeley is the flagship institution of the ten research universities affiliated with the University of California system and is ranked as one of the world's most prestigious universities and the top public university in the United States.
The original name University of California was frequently shortened to California or Cal.In 1866, the private College of California purchased the land comprising the current Berkeley campus.Because it lacked sufficient funds to operate, it eventually merged with the state-run Agricultural, Mining, and Mechanical Arts College to form the University of California, the first full-curriculum public university in the state.The university discourages referring to the University of California, Berkeley as UCB, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley is unaffiliated with the Berklee College of Music or Berkeley College. Weyand graduated from UC Berkeley's ROTC program, earning B. The Board of Regents ended compulsory military training at Berkeley in 1962.Originally, military training was compulsory for male undergraduates and Berkeley housed an armory for that purpose. Various human and animal rights groups have conflicted with Berkeley.