University of California - Berkeley Summary

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Basic Statistics

Location
Berkeley, CA
Website
www.berkeley.edu
Full-Time Undergrads
25,018
Part-Time Undergrads
756
Setting
Mid-sized city
In-State Tuition
$12,874
Out-of-State Tuition
$35,752
Room & Board
$15,304
Acceptance Rate
22 %
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
Average SAT Scores
1870–2230
Average ACT Scores
27–33

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Huge, diverse, and intellectually-driven student body
  • World-renowned and inspiring faculty
  • Large and abundant academic and athletic facilities
  • Proximity to San Francisco's cultures and communities

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Quality and price of off-campus housing
  • High academic pressure
  • Homeless population around campus
  • An overly accepted drug culture

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

 

UC Berkeley Student Reviews

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3 College Senior

Academics: Majoring in Integrative Biology has definitely been challenging. Several upper division courses are more in depth and intensive than others, but will lead to a better understanding and appreciation of science and research.

3 College Senior

Academics: Each UC Berkeley professor and faculty member have their own approach to teaching. There are professors that genuinely care about their students and want to share their knowledge of the field with them.

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3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Berkeley offers a diverse range of activities, cultural events, guest speakers, performances, and attractions. There are "hidden gems" in terms of places to eat and explore throughout the city.

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.

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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.

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