Campus Strictness

Berkeley, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$35,752 ($12,874)
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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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.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I don't think Berkeley is that strict of a school. The only thing the administration is strict about is academic dishonesty.

2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Despite boasting open-mindedness and acceptance, the University often makes hypocritical blunders like its recent campus-wide smoking ban. The administration is too far-removed from students to understand how to make life bearable for them.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Academic dishonesty is the strictest policy.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: People here have a lot of freedom to do as they please, it's not like a police-state or anything.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1143rd
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 1162nd
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1333rd
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Meegan Brooks
Granite Bay, CA
Political science
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Students have pretty good things to say about campus police and security, citing few incidents of unreasonableness or unjust treatment. But police are police, and blatant misconduct will land you in academic and legal trouble. While living in the dorms, you’ll most likely run into more trouble with your resident advisor than any other campus officer, so it’s important to stay on good terms with him or her. Stealing and cheating are the two most frequent on-campus infringements and are dealt with primarily by campus security, while drug use, theft, and assault are the biggest crimes in the city of Berkeley and are handled by the police. On campus, bike and laptop theft are the most common, and once it’s gone, you’re probably not going to ever see it again.


Berkeley is known for having somewhat lenient law enforcement when it comes to marijuana use, underage drinking, and drinking in public, but there are always the rare cases where police have to crack down, and a first-time offender can get in severe trouble. There are more prominent risks for students—muggings, street violence, etc.—and police don’t spend as much time on the smaller crimes that college students are prone to committing. Students are pretty happy with campus police because most officers understand that they’re dealing with college students and leave room for them to make some mistakes.


Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being drunk at a football game
  • Cheating
  • Drinking in the dorms
  • Having a fake ID
  • J-walking
  • Riding your bike in a pedestrian-only area
  • Sneaking into Strawberry Canyon at night
  • Stealing

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 167 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 190 responses

  • 1% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 6% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 72% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 22% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.


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