University of California - Berkeley

3,563 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

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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
71%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.160 responses
42%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.161 responses
45%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.161 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 80 responses
Report
  • Competitive and hardworking
    28%
  • Motivated, driven
    21%
  • Dedicated and exceptionally intelligent
    20%
  • Motivated, hardworking, intelligent and amazing!!!
    16%
  • Motivated but know how to have fun
    11%
  • Major a-hole
    1%
  • Motivated, Quirky, Intelligent
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
63%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.231 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.282 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 67 responses
Report
  • Diverse, liberal, crazy, and intelligent
    30%
  • Inclusive and intelligent
    21%
  • Diverse and liberal
    18%
  • AMAZING
    16%
  • Competative and liberal
    10%
  • Pretentious and competitive
    4%

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%
67%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.73 responses

Reviews

3,563 reviews
  • Excellent
    561
  • Very Good
    1336
  • Average
    1307
  • Poor
    227
  • Terrible
    97
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  • Niche User
  • 1 day ago
I've just started at UC Berkeley, but I have been deeply involved with this school since the beginning of high school. I did some academic programs here over the summer as well as simply being able to be around campus since my sister went here as well. The student life is simply amazing, I can't imagine what I would do without all my friends, other than just study. People are are kind, funny, and friendly. Simply, it feels like a family, a family that has 30,000 members. A lot of the dorms are pretty spacious, and the food is exceptional, as well as having an enormous variety. The area is also pretty fun. Everywhere you'll see artsists and musicians, drawing and singing on the streets, and all sorts of other characters that make life here even more fun. Not only but people here really know how to get hyped about things to. Overall its just a really positive place to be in, and I couldn't imagine not being here.
  • Freshman
  • 14 days ago
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
  • 17 days ago