Location
Berkeley, CA
Undergrads
25,018
Tuition (in-state)
$35,752 ($12,874)
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 2652 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The guys are nice and friendly, but its not everyones priority

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Kinda hard to dress for the weather since it drops considerably at night

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Lots of cool options, but doesnt offer much room for change if you mess up and get bad grades

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: You can always find a niche group if you search hard enough

3 College Sophomore

Computers: i honestly do not use the computers on campus very often

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's a lot of good places but they are a little pricey

3 College Senior

Academics: It's Berkeley. Competitive, high-speed and sometimes too fast-paced.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Diversity: Berkeley is very diverse. No one will look at you funny for being brown. There is a very small black population on campus.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Majors: Internships vary a lot. If you get a good mentor, you'll be good to go. If not, you're screwed.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Majors: The College of Natural Resources has great administrative staff.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Rules are generally enforced if you are blatantly violating rules.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: If you use your brain, you will not get mugged. If you don't, well, you might lose your iphone.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Athletics: The RSF offers good group fitness classes in the evenings.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Scholarships: I wish there was a better spectrum of options available for finaid.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Nightlife: Restaurants don't stay open that late in this city.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life happens a Berkeley, but it is not the main event.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drinking is not an issue on campus.

4 College Senior

Computers: The quality of the computers depends on which lab you visit!

3 College Junior

Weather: It's always average in California. Nothing you cannot handle; hot or cold.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Alcohol is not allowed at all on campus. Smoking was just prohibited, but you do smell the weed every so often.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Nightlife: There are many bars around campus. Sometimes free music events for students.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It is very expensive to live in Berkeley overall. A one bed one bath apartment can cost $2000.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Diversity: People, this town is hypocritical when referring to diversity. They claim to be tolerant and loving to diversity. That may be true only if your Asian (and I sincerely mean in a non-racist way). I mean they dress, love, dance, practice Latin American/Meso-American indigenous way of life. This is all a fad. They use indigenous culture to represent their protests, which happen often, and somehow everybody and their mothers are oppressed on this campus, even the Graduate Student Instructors are, which I don't see how. I find this disturbing as I am of indigenous heritage. However, when I enter the room they see a Mestiza that is not good enough to be there.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Transportation: The best option if commuting to and from campus is Bart. However, if you do drive good luck; it is awful to drive anywhere in that city. People are retarded when they drive here and the pedestrians even worse.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Athletics: I don't have an opinion about this. People are big about Cal football.

1 person found this useful Report
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Meegan Brooks
Hometown
Granite Bay, CA
Major
Political science
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Generally, students have positive things to say about going to school here. Students who want to focus solely on academics or Cal’s prestigious name leave here satisfied with their educations. Those who come to "Berzerkeley" for its radicalism (or drug scene) are excited to see that the school is still carrying on its Free Speech Movement reputation. The students who chose Berkeley because it was the best college they got into are happy to know that Cal doesn’t have to be too weird. And anyone looking for good conversation will want to stay here forever.

Cal definitely has the ups and downs of being a public school. The large class sizes and lack of personal attention are the two major gripes. Being “just a number” makes it easy to become lonely, and many people see Berkeley as a place that’s difficult to make friends. While there is minimal hand-holding, the University teaches students to be independent and proactive. Most students at Cal are proud to be at a school that doesn’t spoil its students. The low tuition make it a tempting alternative to private schools, and football and big parties give Berkeley smarties the best of both academic and social worlds. Many students had a difficult time explaining the Berkeley personality, which most students here love. This is a place where you can really learn something new every day. Many students love being surrounded by other people who are down-to-earth, self-aware, and appreciate a good conversation. While some students feel the need to constantly assert their intelligence, most of the time it is accepted and looked past.

 

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