The Best & Worst

Location
Berkeley, CA
Undergrads
25,018
Tuition (in-state)
$35,752 ($12,874)
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Best Of

Highest Grades

  1. 1
    Huge, diverse, and intellectually-driven student body
  2. 2
    World-renowned and inspiring faculty
  3. 3
    Large and abundant academic and athletic facilities
  4. 4
    Proximity to San Francisco's cultures and communities
  5. 5
    Natural amenities (marinas, parks, trails, ocean, etc. )
  6. 6
    DECAL program to start your own class
  7. 7
    Academic prestige in professional circles
  8. 8
    Cal Football games
  9. 9
    Thought-provoking and world-famous speakers
  10. 10
    Berkeley's energy

Facts & Statistics

Happy Students
96% of students return after their first year.
Proven Success
91% of students will complete their education and graduate with a degree.
Knowledgeable Professors
97% of students surveyed rated the general knowledge of professors as above average.
Low-Stress Course Load
56% of students surveyed rated the manageability of work as above average.
Accepting Campus Community
67% of students surveyed said that the campus community as a whole is very accepting of members of minority groups.
Great Local Atmosphere
50% of students surveyed said that there is always something fun and interesting going on near campus.
Highly Satisfied Students
77% of students surveyed would make the same school choice if they could do it all over again.
Vibrant Social Scene
64% of students surveyed agreed that there are lots of popular activities around campus every day.
Genders Equally Represented
A male-to-female ratio of 48/52 means there's a pretty even balance of students on campus.
Learn from the Best
99% of faculty have earned the highest degree in their field.
Personal Attention
You can expect personal attention with 60% of classes having less than 20 students.
Help to Succeed
The school has academic and career counseling available to help you when you need it.
Get AP Credit
If you took AP classes in high school, you might be able to get college credit for them.
Work Part-Time During School
Employment services are available for students.
Help Getting Hired
Placement services are available to graduates.
Extremely Diverse
One of the most racially diverse campuses-70% of students are minorities.

Worst Of

Lowest Grades

  1. 1
    Quality and price of off-campus housing
  2. 2
    High academic pressure
  3. 3
    Homeless population around campus
  4. 4
    An overly accepted drug culture
  5. 5
    Rainy weather in the winter
  6. 6
    Lack of local hot spots as opposed to San Francisco
  7. 7
    A college-town feel that can, at times, feel suffocating
  8. 8
    Lack of parking and the non-car-friendly UC policies
  9. 9
    The work-related pretentiousness of some students
  10. 10
    Bureaucratic/administrative red-tape

Facts & Statistics

Expensive
Tuition is a steep $35,752, one of the most expensive rates in the country.
Expensive to Just Get By
55% of students surveyed felt that the amount it costs to live while at school was worse than average.
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