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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: The variety of classes offered at UC Berkeley are unmatched. As a Media Studies major, the class list I get to choose from for my core classes and electives is exciting and innovating. The professors have all lived their lives, and do a fantastic job at balancing their lecturing with personal antecdotes. It makes going to lecture exciting. Class sizes vary, some have 100+, and others have 25-50. Each class has another mandatory section, whether that be a discussion or a seminar, which is only 25 students per section. This gives students a chance to build a relationship with their professors, as clarification questions, and give professors an opportunity to know their students more than just a graded test.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Again, I think this is unmatched anywhere else. The alumni community is such a strong knit group, that is head over heels about the current students. There are professional fraternities, in which alumni of specific majors get to connect to current students of that major. The career center is amazing about helping you find jobs and internships, as well as helping you land them.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Safety on campus is a huge topic. UC Berkeley takes their safety very seriously, since the city of Berkeley has access to campus. There is a number that you can call between the hours of 9pm-3am, for which a security guard will pick you up feom your location on campus and walk with you to your destination within three miles. So if you're in the library late at night, you don't have to feel nervous about walking to your apartment or to your housing in the dark.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Just like at any other school, the campus housing is convenient and easy, but it has its drawbacks. One major drawback is the price, given that you are paying to live in the Bay Area. The lottery system was difficult, but I ended up opting for an apartment with roommates on my own anyway. It's easy to find apartments in Berkeley for a better price than housing, but they not be as conveniently located to campus!

4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: UC Berkeley's Greek life is very representative of the school itself; it's very relaxed and diverse. The recruitment process is much more relaxed than other schools, and you don't HAVE to be a part of it to feel like you belong at the school.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Although UC Berkeley's football team does not have the best statistics, it's the passion and the spirit the team, and the rest of the school, has that makes it so amazing. Not only that, but the entire student body has free access to our Rec Center, which is the most motivating place to work out. Berkeley takes care of their athletes!

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I took for granted living in the San Francisco Bay Area growing up, so if you told me I would be a passionate and driven student at the University of California, Berkeley, I wouldn't have believed you. UC Berkeley has a community like no other, enriched with motivated students, dedicated professors, helpful advisors, stunning architecture and friendly competition. Such a diverse and liberal campus makes finding everlasting friendships easy and exciting. Most of the close friendships I have made were actually formed during my orientation, which goes to show how involved the school is in making you feel welcome and comfortable. In hindsight, it is the only school I can genuinely see myself going to, being happy at, and being debt-free at.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The courses available are very diverse and have amazing professors and students teaching them.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Berkeley has an amazing career center with advisors who can help you meet employers.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are various programs that were established to promote safety such as the bear walk.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The housing process is fairly simple, as long as you follow the instructions given. I love the arrangement of my dorm however it is quite a walk from my classes.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not involved in greek life, nor am I around it. They exist but not in my bubble.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Team involvement and fan support is through the roof. I am able to attend all the football games I want. The pep rallies are so much fun!

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My school is very diverse with a beautiful atmosphere.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The units are horrible size wise but great social wise. Foothill is large rooms but no one socializes.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There if you want it, but no pressure or judgement otherwise.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Cal Football speaks for it self. GO BEARS

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: We're mostly all aware and hope for the best

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Felt like I had space to fully put myself on paper

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: They're not too roomy, but you're there to study!

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Starting as a CC transfer this fall. Very excited!

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Some of the building are nice and cleaning staff does a good job

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I don't know much about it. Most people are not part of the greek system

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our football team and basketball are good. Not a lot of people get really excited for games

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It is a very inspiring place to be. People go above and beyond.

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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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