Location
Berkeley, CA
Undergrads
25,018
Tuition (in-state)
$35,752 ($12,874)
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 2665 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors and GSIs are so helpful!

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The gym is quite big but sometimes the wait is too long!

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Some places are old and dirty and they are too expensive! It is stupid how they charge for parking garages!

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Some of the doctors are not quite friendly and useful.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The process is fairly easy.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Sometimes it is too cold and other times it is too cold...

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Professors and GSIs are nice and helpful.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: It definitely requires a lot of work, but then again it is college!

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It is too crowded and polluted.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation are cheap but can be quite crowded at times.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It is quite crowded and dirty at some parts.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I question the quality but it is quite affordable for students. There are many varieties to choose from!

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Shit gets dangerous because there are a few unpredictable elements especially in the downtown area

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
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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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