“三巨头”（“The Big Three”）传统意义上指的是美国高等教育和常春藤高校的领衔者——哈佛、耶鲁和普林斯顿这三所美国东海岸的顶尖高校。先进齐全的设施、毋庸置疑的名望以及各个领域颇有建树的诸多校友，让这三所大学成为美国高校名副其实的“三巨头”。
“The Big Three” traditionally refers to those icons of American higher education and the Ivy League: Harvard, Yale and Princeton. These three East Coast schools boast amazing facilities, resumé-making prestige, and enormously successful alumni.
Recently, however, a new three schools have been garnering attention on the opposite side of the country: the very best institutions in the University of California system, which make up the West Coast iteration of The Big Three. While this new Big Three boast a lot of the same advantages of the traditional trio, there are some notable differences – namely, that they are all public universities, and therefore much cheaper than the Ivy League schools.
In addition, the UCs have more of a range of socio-economic diversity than the Ivy League universities. Each of them also has its own unique quirks and and personality. Here's a basic guide to the best of the West:
1.）加州大学伯克利分校（University of California, Berkeley）
The original flagship university of the UC system, the University of California, Berkeley – affectionately known as “Cal” – has been an elite university for more than a century. Located in Berkeley, a city on the Eastern shore of the San Francisco Bay, “Cal” excels in fields as diverse as chemistry, sociology and engineering, and has won hundreds of academic awards. Seventy-two Nobel Laureates have been affiliated with the university as faculty, alumni or researchers, the most of any public university in the United States! Researchers at the school have discover