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Accommodations; Expenses; Excursions.
Accommodations and Expenses.
There are no dormitories on the campus, but there are many boarding houses and private homes in Berkeley where students may obtain board and room at prices ranging from $25 to $35 per month. There are also several restaurants in Berkeley where meals may be had à la carte. As the greater number of the regular students are away during the summer there are ample accommodations for all members of the Summer Session; it is, therefore, not advisable to engage quarters before coming to Berkeley. Families or groups of students desiring to club together are often able to find apartments, cottages, or bungalows, furnished for housekeeping. A list of places offering board and room or either alone will be on file at the opening of the session, and every possible assistance will be given to strangers in their search for suitable boarding places. Inquiries should be addressed to Dean C. H. Rieber, University of California, Berkeley, California.
The whole expense of attendance at the Summer Session, exclusive of railroad fare and laboratory fees, need not exceed $65 or $70.
As some time during the Summer Session Mr. William Ferdinand Meyer, Assistant in Practical Astronomy, will conduct an excursion to Mt. Hamilton for his classes and other members of the Session who wish to visit the Lick Observatory. Expense about $7.50.
An excursion by boat about San Francisco Bay will be arranged for Saturday, July 8. This excursion will visit the Mare Island Navy Yard and the Naval Training Station on Yerba Buena Island, passing the Union Iron Works and the docks in San Francisco, the United States military prison on Alcatraz Island, the military posts along Golden Gate Strait, the quarantine station on Angel Island, the towns of Tiburon, Sausalito, and Point Richmond, and the Berkeley and Oakland water-fronts. Expense about $1. Several other excursions, under the auspices of the University, will be arranged for Saturdays during the session, and to the Yosemite Valley at the close of the session, if there is sufficient demand.
The student in Berkeley has within easy reach the libraries, museums, parks, concerts, lectures, theatres, etc., of San Francisco and Oakland. During the summer, when the Eastern season is over, many of the greater dramatic events of the year are to be seen in both San Francisco and Oakland.
Attendants at the Summer Session will find it easy to plan outings in the country about Berkeley, or across the Bay in Marin County; boating on Lake Merritt, or on the Bay; a trip to the Muir Woods, a national park of redwoods; tramps in the Berkeley or Piedmont hills, to Lake Chabot, Grizzly Peak, or up Mt. Tamalpais (visitors may go up either by the scenic railway or the trails); salt-water bathing at the Alameda beach; visits to Piedmont Park, which contains an art gallery, to the Piedmont sulphur springs, and to the Oakland Museum, as well as the several museums of San Francisco; electric car rides through Oakland to such places as San Leandro, Hayward, and San Lorenzo; sight-seeing trips about San Francisco, including Golden Gate Park, the Cliff House, the United States Mint, the new Chinatown, and the Presidio; week-end trips to near-by towns, such as San Jose, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, Napa, etc.; tours of inspection to some of the manufacturing plants about the Bay at times to be arranged in advance with the managers of the respective companies.
Evening Lectures and Concerts.
In addition to the regular courses of the Summer Session arrangements have been made for a series of evening lectures and musical entertainments. All members of the Summer Session who have paid the regular tuition fee of $15 will be admitted to the evening lectures upon presenting their registration cards.
Conventions and Conferences.
The following conventions will be held during the Summer Session. The dates of meeting will be announced later.
Astronomical Society of the Pacific.
Throughout the Summer Session the University Library will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on Saturdays and Sundays.
Full library privileges, including the home use of books, as accorded to regular University students, will be extended to students in the summer courses without additional fee. Persons who may desire to pursue independent courses of reading or study, during the Summer Session, without attending any of the regular exercises, may have full library privileges, upon application to the Librarian, and payment of $10.
Infirmary; Reduced Railroad Fares.
The University has a well equipped infirmary on the campus, with a full complement of physicians and trained nurses. The best of care, without additional charge, is thus insured to students, in case of illness.
The University of California CALENDAR will be issued every Friday throughout the Summer Session. The CALENDAR contains announcements of lectures, University meetings, exhibits, meetings of University organizations, and information concerning the library, museums, art galleries, observatories, and other parts of the University of interest to visitors. It will be mailed to any address for the six weeks of the Summer Session for 25 cents. During the college year the subscription price is 25 cents per half-year. Communications should be addressed to the University Press, University of California, Berkeley, California.
Reduced Railroad Fares.
Reduced rates of one first-class round trip at the rate of a fare and a third are offered by the Southern Pacific and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe companies to attendants upon the Summer Session from all points in California. Persons from outside Cali. fornia may buy their tickets to the nearest point inside the State and take advantage of the reduced rates from that place, or they may, instead, avail themselves of the regular Summer Excursion tickets that will be on sale from all points in the East. In order to obtain the one and one-third rate it is necessary to pay the full fare to Berkeley and get a receipt from the agent from whom the ticket is purchased. Upon presentation to the Southern Pacific or Santa Fe agent in Berkeley of a certificate to be obtained from the Recorder of the Faculties, a ticket to the starting place will be sold at one-third the regular fare. The going-trip tickets can be bought only between June 10 and July 30; the return-trip ticket will not be sold later than August 8, and will be good only for a continuous journey, to be entered upon the day the ticket is bought. It should be remembered that the rate is obtainable only through the sale of the ticket for the return and that this ticket can be obtained only upon presentation of a certificate issued by the Recorder of the Faculties and the receipt of the ticket agent from uhom the first ticket was purchased.
Site and Climate.
The University of California is picturesquely situated on the lower slopes of the Berkeley hills, overlooking San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate. The site comprises about 520 acres of land, rising at first in a gentle and then in a bolder slope from a height of about 200 feet above sea level to one of over 1300 feet. It thus covers a range of more than 1100 feet in altitude, while immediately back of it the hills rise to a height of 1900 feet. Berkeley is a city of homes, with a population of about fortythree thousand people. Electric car lines make the trip from the University to Oakland in twenty minutes, and a greatly improved ferry service has reduced the ride to San Francisco to thirty-five minutes. The fare to San Francisco is ten cents.
Meteorological observations made at the University for the past fifteen years indicate that the summer months at Berkeley are well suited for uninterrupted university work.
The mean temperature for the months of June, July, and August is about 59 degrees. The mean maximum temperature (the average for the month of the daily maximum temperatures) is about 70 degrees, and the mean minimum temperature about 53 degrees.
The prevailing mean temperature for the six weeks of the Summer Session is about 60 degrees, with 72 and 53 degrees as the extreme limits of variation for mean temperature. During the hottest part of the warmest day it is seldom that the temperature exceeds 91 degrees. It is to be remembered that in California high temperatures are almost invariably accompanied by very low humidity. On this account such temperatures are very rarely oppressive.
Although rain seldom falls during the summer months, excessive summer heat is practically unknown; a gentle southwest breeze from the bay, not often exceeding fifteen miles an hour, renders the climate agreeable and stimulating.
The University of California (founded in 1868) is by the terms of its charter an integral part of the educational system of the State. At Berkeley are the Colleges of Letters, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Commerce, Agriculture, Mechanics, Mining, Civil Engineering, and Chemistry, and the instruction of the first two years in the College of Medicine; at Mount Hamilton is the graduate Astronomical Department, founded by James Lick; in San Francisco are the Colleges of Law, Medicine (third and fourth years), Dentistry, and Pharmacy; and in Los Angeles is the Los Angeles Department of the College of Medicine (third and fourth years). The University's endowment is capitalized at about eleven million dollars; its yearly income for educational and scientific purposes is about seven hundred thousand dollars; it has received private benefactions to the amount of about eight million dollars. The University is indebted to Mrs. Phoebe A. Hearst for permanent building plans, upon a scale appropriate and comprehensive. At Berkeley there are two hundred and thirty-five principal officers of instruction and administration, together with assistants numbering about two hundred and fifty; courses of instruction distributed among thirty-eight departments; about four thousand five hundred and thirty-five students in 1910-11, including students in the Summer Session of 1910, a library of over two hundred thousand volumes aside from the volumes in the Bancroft collection; an art gallery; museums and laboratories; also the agricultural experiment grounds and station, which are invaluable adjuncts of the farming, orchard, and vineyard interests of the State. In San Francisco there are seventy-four officers of instruction, besides demonstrators and other assistants; seven hundred students in 1910-11. Tuition in the academic departments of the University, during the regular sessions, is free to residents of California; non-residents pay a fee of $10 each half year. Instruction in all of the colleges is open to all qualified persons, without distinction of sex.