Campus Strictness

Tuition (in-state)
$35,742 ($12,864)
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Rules are sensible and easy to follow. Pretty lenient and plenty of room for independence.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: average, just the parking is crazy strict

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.

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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.


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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 175 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 198 responses

  • 1% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 7% 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.
  • 21% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.


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