University of California - Berkeley

3,580 reviews
  1. Berkeley, CA
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    C-
University of California - Berkeley is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conference
Pac-12 Conference
Address
200 California Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720

University of California - Berkeley Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
16%
SAT Range
1240-1500
ACT Range
29-34
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website
Data not available

Cost

Net Price
$16,655/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $8,607/ year
  • $30-48k
    $9,429/ year
  • $49-75k
    $13,192/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,722/ year
  • $110k+
    $29,196/ year

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
70%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.227 responses
39%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.231 responses
38%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.231 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
26,320Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
24%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 143 responses
Report
  • Competitive and hardworking
    30%
  • Motivated, driven
    20%
  • Dedicated and exceptionally intelligent
    17%
  • Motivated, hardworking, intelligent and amazing!!!
    14%
  • Motivated but know how to have fun
    10%
  • Motivated, Quirky, Intelligent
    4%
  • They are some characters
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
62%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.286 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.344 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 147 responses
Report
  • Diverse, liberal, crazy, and intelligent
    28%
  • Diverse and liberal
    17%
  • Inclusive and intelligent
    14%
  • AMAZING
    10%
  • Competitive, awe- inspiring, + challenging
    9%
  • Competative and liberal
    7%
  • Competitive, liberal, and difficult
    7%

After University of California - Berkeley

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$62,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
91%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
86%
National
83%
68%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.154 responses

Reviews

3,580 reviews
  • Excellent
    573
  • Very Good
    1362
  • Average
    1317
  • Poor
    230
  • Terrible
    98
My experience at UC Berkeley has been amazing. The professors are my favorite part. They are so knowledgeable, and some are even famous, in their field of study. The best part? They genuinely care about our, the students, growth! UC Berkeley professors are not just looking for a pay check, they are looking to share knowledge with students that they believe are important. My least favorite part of Cal, housing. Ugh! Good housing is not only hard to come by, but its inflated! I hope UC Berkeley looks into creating more affordable and comfortable student housing.
  • Senior
  • 3 months ago
Way over priced! I was in Unit 2 in a triple and it was very tight for the amount it costed. I get that rent in the bay area is expensive but I think I'd be better off renting a room off of craigslist or something. The elevators would be out a lot, but I was on a lower level so I always used the stairs. The bathrooms were kind of shabby, I'm very appreciative of the people who kept for them but young adults are messy! Also on my floor there was definitely favorite showers and showers you did not want to use (i.e. one had no flow, another didn't drain). Sometimes people had sex in the showers, some guy recorded me showering once but UCPD handled my report well and the guy was removed from UC housing. He still was able to attend school though?

My floor had laundry on it (yay) and the building had no air conditioning so we (my roommates and I) would leave our window open most of the early months. It was loud outside at night so we used ear plugs while we slept.

The underground communal space is nice, good study spaces and a little workout room with one working treadmill and some really nice ellipticals.

I liked being on southside close to Telegraph but I know some people didn't like being near that area.

Also there are compost bins in the rooms make sure to empty them if you use them! The guys in the room next door didn't for months and when they opened it a swarm of fruit flies came out...
  • College Freshman
  • 4 months ago
UC Berkeley gets a lot of attention for their sports teams, most significantly the rivalry between other neighboring universities. Students are very passionate not just for the sports, but as part of a large community where sports are one method of representing our school. Our athletic teams perform well, and the students rally together to support each of them. School spirit is high and for good reason: we all love our school and love being proud of our athletes!
  • College Freshman
  • 5 months ago