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$35,742 ($12,864)
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Very Hard
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Reviews 2956 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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2 College Junior

Health & Safety: The city is terrible for crime and I don't know anyone (except some males) that feel safe after dark.

College Junior

Greek Life: I'm not in a sorority or frat, I particularly don't enjoy the parties unless I know a lot of the people. Rush is overrated and detracts from the peaceful campus.

2 College Junior

Nightlife: I don't drink or use drugs so big social gatherings are not what I partake in. I hang out with a group of friends to socialize, other than parties the night life consists of panhandlers and not waking the hobos.

3 College Junior

Majors: One of the more difficult science majors on campus. Work load is high, but the courses are mostly enjoyable subject wise. Depends on the professor.

College Junior

Majors: I have yet to have an internship while attending school here.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Marijuana and alcohol is popular. Noise violations are sadly the norm.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many different restaurants to choose from. I'm able to always have something new to try. The prices are decent, but some can get a little high, especially for students.

1 College Junior

Scholarships: I do not qualify for much aid at all, only about a thousand dollars, so my dealings with the school are just to take out loans which are disbursed in a somewhat timely manner. However, students who receive a lot of aid often report problems of having their funds disbursed when needed.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The rules are only enforced if the RA on duty is in the mood. Particularly for noise violations.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Fan support is always great, even if the teams are struggling. The facilities are well taken care of so even non-athletes benefit.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I will be living on campus and I don't know what the off-campus experience life is like at Berkeley.

College Freshman

Athletics: I have not yet experienced being a student at Berkley until one more week.

College Freshman

Nightlife: I have not yet experienced this at Berkeley.

College Freshman

Campus Housing: I have not yet lived on campus. I will begin to live in the residence halls in the beginning of the fall term this year.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: For in-state students, the financial aid UC Berkeley offers for those who qualify for it is quite reasonable. However, for out-of-state students, it is much less helpful, considering how much out-of-state tuition costs. Not to mention, Berkeley's prices on attending orientation and other things are completely ludicrous. I have wasted a lot of money and I haven't even started school yet. I would suggest for Berkeley to lower costs on attending orientation (especially when one wishes to bring their guardian figure with them) and to offer more scholarships for financially struggling out-of-state students like myself.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: When I went to orientation this summer, I got a little taste of what Berkeley life is like, especially in the safety and security field. I noticed that there is not much chance of violence occurring around campus and securities to escort you back to your dorm are available. Also, there are many resources one can contact for certain security measures to make one more comfortable.

College Freshman

Majors: As mentioned earlier, I am going into UC Berkeley as a freshman, meaning I have not done any internships there.

College Freshman

Majors: Since I am going to be a freshman at UC Berkley this fall, I have not had any internships there. However, I absolutely plan to partake in one because not only is it a great thing to have on an application when applying to medical school, but it can also give me the opportunity to experience ways I can grow as an individual and succeed on my road to success.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Financial aid office is always busy. Make sure you know what you need to avoid too many trips.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Hills on north side have beautiful views. Plenty of restaurants, shopping, rec areas, etc.

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3 College Junior

Nightlife: Not a surprise that frats are always hosting parties. No need to partake in party scene, just a waste of time.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: If you don't participate in Greek life, it affects you in no way.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Plenty of restaurants on all sides of campus. Cost is very reasonable wherever you go.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: BearWalk and perimeter bus line are very convenient for late-night transportation back to dorms/apartments.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Higher prices and fair-condition housing if opting for close proximity to campus, but cost easily split amongst roommates.


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Meegan Brooks
Granite Bay, CA
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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