Berkeley, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$35,752 ($12,874)
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 2916 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The football team is pretty bad at winning

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants are very diverse and offer pretty good quality

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are multiple dining halls and options within each. The foods are diverse in culture and they're decently made.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: The culture around the city of Berkeley is not known to be strict in regards to the strictness. It makes students feel safe, because it is a college town while also not having police officers stopping individuals from right to left.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: it's the best decision I made! living on campus!

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: but definitely hard for international students to get!

4 College Sophomore

Majors: we have professors who do math research

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Majors: we have a career centre

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Having an internship at Berkeley is basically like one-upping everyone else. You are just perceived as higher achieving and better. There are a lot of companies who stop by and do presentations, lots of recruiters too.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Majors: I did not get into my program yet.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus is pretty lenient on everything.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: You have to go to San Francisco for the good clubs, there are none in berkeley unless you count the sports bars as a place to go dance.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Nice blend of urban and nature.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It is SO hard to get in contact with the financial office through phone, but if you go in person, the process is pretty smooth. They text your phone when they're ready for you and you just go in and get help.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many different types of food to eat all over the place!

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Okay, there are just way too many dangerous and hobo people around. It's a real culture schock for a lot of people, but most of them are very harmless.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: It is actually very hard to be practically any major here at Berkeley. Students are very competitive, not in the sense that they try to run you over, but in the sense that everyone here is so intrinsically motivated to be the best.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: There are so many local cafes and libraries to study at. The process to register for classes can be quite frustrating if you're a lower level undergrad because it's hard to get classes.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Quality of professors is great, they really know what they're doing and are actually very flexible. There's a wide rangle of courses to choose from.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The name "Berkeley" can get you a job practically anywhere. Everyone I know got a job at some sort of well-known company right after graduation.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I love the city of Berkeley. Its a culturally diverse and historically rich area with a lot of spunk. Plus its literally a bart ride away from San Francisco which is awesome.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Facilities: There's a variation in facilities. In general they are all clean and functioning. They all have the normal classroom technology that is required, its just some are nicer than others.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: A lot of people complain about the food but honestly I like it. I think people just get tired of it and probably just miss home cooked meals but i'm usually pretty satisfied with the dining hall food. There's usually at least one thing i like and I dont really need more.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Scholarships: I didn't get as much money I wanted but I also have work study so it works out.

College Senior

Greek Life: I don't know much about it.


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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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