SERVING STUDENTS SINCE 1887

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TL;DR

The Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC), is the officially recognized student association at the University of California, Berkeley. Known as one of the largest and most autonomous student organizations in the nation, the ASUC is an independent 501(c)3 non profit organization separate from University governance.

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OUR GOVERNANCE

ASUC is a group of passionate elected and appointed officials, as well as hired interns and staff who represent the original University of California’s large and diverse student population.

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OUR MISSION

The ASUC advocates for students on a University, local, state, and national level and represents the student body on administrative campus committees, in addition to controlling funding for student clubs and organizations, providing resources and student programming, overseeing commercial activities and student services including the Cal Student Store and Lower Sproul Plaza in partnership with the ASUC Student Union.

“We, the students of the Berkeley campus of the University of California, as an autonomous constituency of the university community, do provide by this Constitution a students’ association committed to effective student participation in all areas of student concern, that we may, through independent action and in concert with other constituencies of the university and community, participate in the formation and the improvement of educational programs, protect full freedom of assembly and expression in the university community, articulate and represent the student interest in the governance of the campus, provide services and coordinate activities for students, and advance our common interests and concerns as students and as members of the civic community, do hereby ordain and establish this Constitution."

ASUC Constitution
March 2, 1887

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OUR LEADERSHIP


The ASUC Constitution establishes a student government with elected officials modeled after California's separation-of-powers and plural elected executive governance structure.

Each year the ASUC holds a regular election to choose its five Executive Officers and twenty Senators. All members of the Association, that is all undergraduate and graduate students at UC Berkeley, can vote. Regular elections are held the second week following the Spring Break in early April. Students vote using the Ranked Choice System which guarantees diverse and proportional elections results.

Our chief appointed officers, the chief financial officer, chief legal officer, chief communications officer, chief technology officer, a chief personnel officer are appointed by their respective senate oversight committees.


Meet our elected officials here >
Meet our appointed officials here >
Learn more about elections here >
View our structure chart here >

OUR PRESIDENT

The ASUC president monitors the health and well-being of the Association and the student body which it represents, works to implement the Advocacy Agenda passed by the Senate with the assistance of other Executive Officers and the Senate, and carries out any other duties as set forth in this Constitution, the Bylaws, or assigned by the Senate.

Alexander Wilfert is a 4th year studying Political Economy with a minor in History. The son of a first-generation Lebanese-American and a German, Alex was born in New Jersey but spent most of his childhood in London, England.

President Wilfert hopes to lead the ASUC this year in addressing key campus issues such as housing, basic needs and campus safety while also reforming the internal structures and policies of the ASUC.


Read more about the President >

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OUR HISTORY

Created in 1887, the ASUC has a rich history in serving the students of UC Berkeley, and has changed in many ways since its founding. With over 1,300 staff members, it provides every kind of service imaginable, to the student body.

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1887

March 2, 1887

The Associated Students of the College of Letters and Sciences (later shortened to just ASUC) was officially founded by students on March 2, 1887 as a student government independent of the University. The first constitution was written in a leatherbound book that houses the constitution and minutes from Senate meetings dating from 1887-1900. The original constitution is kept in the ASUC office in Eshleman Hall.

1931
Stephen's Union Redevelopment

The ASUC was heavily involved in developing the first real “Student Union” on campus, Stephens Hall, and the adjacent “Student Publications Building”, Eshleman Hall (now Moses Hall) south of the Campanile. ASUC funds also helped construct other buildings on campus, including Harmon Gymnasium and Edwards Field. You can see some of the original blueprints for the Stephens Hall renovations here and here. Stephen’s has since been replaced with the MLK Jr. Student Union.

2007
The ASUC's 120th Birthday

In 2007, the ASUC hosted a banquet to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the association. Many former ASUC Presidents from the 1950’s-2000’s were invited to speak.

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Founded in 1887, the ASUC was the original students’ association of the University of California when Berkeley was the only UC campus. During the early twentieth century the ASUC controlled a wide range of student services- anything on campus that was not related to academics was run by ASUC including student conduct, the student store, Cal Athletics, and all student organization services.


Today, the ASUC continues to lead the way in how students’ association represent, advocate, and serve students on campuses in the UC system, California, and the nation.

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OUR SERVICES

The ASUC manages funding for student organizations, provides student resources and programming, and oversees commercial activities and student services, including the Cal Student Store and Lower Sproul Plaza in partnership with the ASUC Student Union.

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ASUC BY THE NUMBERS

1,247

Student Organizations

The ASUC sponsors a wide variety of student organizations on campus with funding, leadership advising, and spaces.

30,574

Undergraduates Served

If you are an undergraduate, then you're automatically a part of the ASUC, and therefore eligible for its membership benefits!

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Years of service

Founded in 1887, the ASUC has been serving the student body by providing a wide variety of services.

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Services
The ASUC provides a range of services to Berkeley students including the ones listed below.
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Partners

The ASUC works with these organizations to further benefit each and every student.

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The ASUC is always looking for passionate, engaged members of the campus community to contribute to our ongoing mission to provide the best services and resources for every student.
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 ABOUT 

WHAT IS THE ASUC?

The Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC), is the officially recognized student association at the University of California, Berkeley. Known as one of the largest and most autonomous student organizations in the nation, the ASUC is an independent 501(c)3 non profit organization separate from University governance. In addition to controlling funding for student clubs and organizations, providing resources and student programming, overseeing commercial activities and student services including the Cal Student Store and Lower Sproul Plaza in partnership with the ASUC Student Union, the ASUC advocates for students on a University, local, state, and national level and represents the student body on administrative campus committees.

WHAT DOES THE ASUC DO?

The ASUC helps create a better experience for students on campus and in the community by supporting student services, organizations, & rights

STUDENT ORGS FUNDING

The ASUC funds most undergraduate Registered Student Organizations on campus.

STUDENT REPRESENTATION

The ASUC ensures that all students have a say in the organization and governance of UC Berkeley.

STUDENT SUPPORT

The Student Advocate’s Office helps students when they have grievances with the University.

STUDENT SERVICES MANAGEMENT

The ASUC manages millions of dollars in student services which go back to the student body.

STUDENT RESOURCES

The ASUC funds programs like SUPERB, OCF, DeCals, and student services.

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ADVOCACY & POLICY-CHANGING

The ASUC is the driving voice at Berkeley for student-led change both on and off-campus.

HISTORY

Founded in 1887, the ASUC was the original students’ association of the University of California when Berkeley was the only UC campus. During the early twentieth century the ASUC controlled a wide range of student services- anything on campus that was not related to academics was run by ASUC including student conduct, the student store, Cal Athletics, and all student organization services.

After World War II, the ASUC relinquished some activities to the University, holding on the student services relocated to the new Lower Sproul complex. In the 90s, the ASUC joined an agreement with the University deciding on the current structure of shared governance over commercial activities and student services.

Today, the ASUC continues to lead the way in how students’ association represent, advocate, and serve students on campuses in the UC system, California, and the nation.

MISSION

“We, the students of the Berkeley campus of the University of California, as an autonomous constituency of the university community, do provide by this Constitution a students’ association committed to effective student participation in all areas of student concern, that we may, through independent action and in concert with other constituencies of the university and community, participate in the formation and the improvement of educational programs, protect full freedom of assembly and expression in the university community, articulate and represent the student interest in the governance of the campus, provide services and coordinate activities for students, and advance our common interests and concerns as students and as members of the civic community, do hereby ordain and establish this Constitution.

ASUC Constitution

March 2, 1887

STRUCTURE

ASUC is a group of passionate elected and appointed officials, as well as hired interns and staff who represent the original University of California’s large and diverse student population.

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