Celebrating UC's founding

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Sources: controller.berkeley.edu, berkeley.edu/about, catalog.berkeley.edu, sunsite.berkeley.edu/calhistory, UC Archives at Bancroft Library


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The campus celebrated the University of California's Charter Day - March 23 - on Friday with free cupcakes available on Upper Sproul Plaza for students and will celebrate Cal Day this Saturday with a campuswide open house and free events. With these annual events calling attention to the university's history, here is a look at how the university has changed in its 143 years.

Charter Day marked the anniversary of the signing of an 1868 act by Gov. Henry Haight that created the University of California, which opened in Oakland the following year. In 1873, classes moved to the Berkeley campus that at the time consisted of two buildings - North and South Halls. Thirty years later, the campus as it is known today began to take shape, as John Galen Howard executed an architectural plan that would eventually include landmarks such as Wheeler Hall, Sather Tower, the Greek Theatre and Doe Library.

In the past 143 years, the flagship campus has grown from a population of 40 male students who paid $50 a year to a population of over 25,000 men and women undergraduate students who pay either $13,360 or $36,238 in registration and fees, depending on residency status.


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