Dean's Welcome

Welcome to the UC Berkeley School of Information. We are a community of scholars, practitioners, and students working together to advance knowledge and practice everywhere people interact with digital technologies.

The Community

Students are the heart of the I School. We have an increasingly global student body, with more than 450 students from 6 continents, 24 countries, and 31 states in the US. Our three degree programs, two on campus and one online, combine academic excellence with the intimacy and camaraderie that foster successful learning and discovery. Our multi-disciplinary faculty includes world-class scholars, as well as experienced professionals from leading Bay Area companies — all focused on understanding and shaping the technologies that are transforming our world. Our  alumni network is a source of invaluable connections to policymakers, businesses, and nonprofit organizations.

The School

I School faculty and graduate students work together on cutting-edge research in areas ranging from cybersecurity and biosensing to digital humanities and information policy. As is appropriate for a professional school, our curriculum emphasizes teamwork and project-based learning. We provide students with the conceptual understandings that allow them to apply knowledge and skills in concrete contexts, and prepare them to master new skills in fast-changing domains. We are committed to training leaders in the ever-evolving and expanding fields that are being transformed by  information technology. We believe students should know not only how to solve problems, but also how to define the problems that need be solved. Our programs and classes are small enough to support intense student engagement; and we encourage collaboration among the students, faculty, and staff in the I School community.

Our Location & Region

We are fortunate to be part of a world-class research university, with access to the tremendous breadth and depth of the intellectual resources at the University of California, Berkeley. At the same time, our proximity to Silicon Valley and the wider San Francisco Bay Area has helped to shape the I School culture: we are nimble and well-networked internally and externally, and we believe in learning through experimentation. Of course I can’t conclude this welcome without mentioning the advantages of the wonderful climate and natural beauty of the greater Bay Area.

Please come and visit us in South Hall.

 

Best regards,

AnnaLee Saxenian
Dean, School of Information

Last updated:

November 6, 2017