Location
Berkeley, CA
Undergrads
25,018
Tuition (in-state)
$35,752 ($12,874)
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 2923 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: it's definitely cheaper than campus housing

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm rushing this coming semester!

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Scholarships: For an in-state student, who is low-income, I would say it's pretty good. You still have to take out loans, or work. For an out-of-state or international student it is incredibly expensive to go here even with financial aid.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Cheating or any kind of plagiarism is not tolerated, AT ALL. In terms of drugs, there are a lot and they can't really enforce anything. We did just become a tobacco-free campus to promote being healthy. There are always people doing demonstrations and the police try to stop it, but we do it anyways. We fight for what we want.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Academics: My major is Molecular Environmental Biology and I love it. Our department is full of faculty that care and are making incredible contributions to the world. The College of Natural Resources is very personal and has really been a part of why I love Cal. There are many research opportunities.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Academics: Professors at Cal are world-renowned. They really are inspiring and incredibly knowledgeable. That said, Cal is really tough. This is especially true for STEM majors, where classes are curved and not everyone can get an A. In fact, many people will get Cs. Sometimes your moral will be low, but you will build character for sure. Also, professors will also tell you that it's okay to get a C and you are more than your grades. If you put in the work, you can excel here.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Athletics: Most of our sports teams do really well, except they get overshadowed by football. Our softball, rugby, and swimming are especially some of the best in the country.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The football team is pretty bad at winning

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

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

1 person found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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!

2 people found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

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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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