Berkeley, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$35,752 ($12,874)
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 2877 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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College Senior

Guys & Girls: This is not something I pay much attention to as I am mostly there to learn. Everyone that I have interacted with has been generally kind.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Athletics: There is a ton of school spirit and attendance happens especially at football. I wish they would put more emphasis on other sports.

3 College Senior

Diversity: I wish there were more diversity and emphasis on that without it turning into a scapegoat for funding etc.

3 College Senior

Facilities: The sciences and law facilities are very nice and new, the arts and interdisciplinary buildings are cramped, hot and uncomfortable for learning.

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4 College Senior

Majors: My program is slightly selective and therefore weeds out those not really committed to it, which I think is a good thing.

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5 College Senior

Majors: I love the film studies program. There are a wide variety of courses, both practical and theoretical and they have brought in a ton of really great professors.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: There are a few good places but mostly its geared toward the very young.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Parking is terrible in SF but transportation there is decent. There is a lot to do and very friendly people.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are some fantastic restaurants within blocks of the school.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: There are great services to walk or take you home and posted numbers in a lot of places. I would like to see more security on campus.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I have had great experiences with apartments in the area. It can get expensive but it is usually high quality.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: There are a few expected issues with cleanliness and upkeep but they work very hard to make that happen.

3 College Junior

Academics: Economics is one of the most popular majors at Cal!

4 College Junior

Academics: We have great professors and courses.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus dining is pretty good. There is a lot of variety around. They open very late, so it's also very convenient. The prices are also manageable.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I ate at the University's dinning hall when i was a freshmen. Students often claim that the food is bad, but i quite liked it. I ate a lot at Crossroad. It's buffet system , so you can eat as much as you want. If you want to eat healthier, there is always salad booth.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The campus is a open space. So basically anyone can come in and look around the place. The campus and the place might not be the safest place since you can see homeless people everywhere. However, the rate of crime isn't that much high. There isn't much to do around Berkeley , however there is always San Francisco for shopping. All you got to do is take the Bart for like 30 minutes.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The majority of the guys here are Asians. People I have meet so far are very approachable. Look wise, they are average. There are few very attractive Asian guys around.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Like many colleges, football is the most popular sport. Although this is try for our school as well, our school should be better known for our basketball team, rugby team and soccer team. Although there is much school spirit for football, there is not enough school spirit at our rugby games. Our team has done great for years and will do great for years to come. There isn't always a roaring crowd and I feel that there should be.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Being in Berkeley, I can honestly say that I have found myself. Everyone accepts who you are and supports what you do. In Berkeley, there are endless opportunities with the academic programs provided. You can take any course you want to take and if its not available, you can teach a course on the topic of your choice. Students are accepting of one another and encouraging. Overall, attending Berkeley was the best decision I have ever made.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Any kind of social experience you desire, you will find in Berkeley. If you just want to hangout with your peers feel free to lay under the sun at Memorial Glade. If there is something you feel every student should know, go out and flyer at Sproul. If you don't understand how to do an assignment in a math class, feel free to go into the Student Learning Center where you will receive free tutoring. If you just want to study in a quiet area, well there are over 40 libraries to choose from. Student life on campus is what Berkeley is about.

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Finding a decent place to stay for a reasonable price is difficult. Start your search early (March).

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Berkeley has a lot of students of the Asian variety.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I've heard of crazy parties that happen at other schools' dorms. That doesn't happen at Berkeley. Parties exist almost entirely in the frat houses. There may be some drinking in the dorms, but that isn't too common.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Bright students, great professors, the beautiful Bay, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and many other small elements in the area combine to make Berkeley an awesome place to be.


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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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