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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: If you are the smartest person in the room, you're in the wrong room. UC Berkeley surrounded me by students who are very motivated and are able to push me to do my best.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The academic environment of Berkeley is amazing. The people there are very excited and passionate about what they do. There are a plethora of extracurricular activities for everyone to participate in.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: So far, my experience with UC Berkeley has been a blast. Great people. Wonderful location. Strong academics. Contagious spirit. I'm looking forward to my classes in the fall.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Research opportunities with amazing professors and PIs for undergraduates are available on campus.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love Berkeley, the academics are challenging and has made me really work for the grades. It's a very diverse campus which I love, and it's got a great college town feel.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: People at Berkeley are smart, driven and passionate. Students who come here really care about their education and want to help their respective communities improve. They don't mind being late to class because of a protest or having to stay up till 3 am to finish a paper- because they know that action always prevails over inaction. They are the kind of people who will change the world one day, and I am so fortunate to go to school with them. The diversity of our campus is incredible. There are so many different communities represented at Berkeley and way to connect with people like yourself. That being said, there are also lots of people who are very different than you from whom you can learn valuable lessons from. The academic rigor at Berkeley is another one of the best parts about it. Among our professors are Nobel Laureates and famous researchers, and they all choose to be at Berkeley to teach YOU. Perhaps my favorite thing about Berkeley is the sense of community and pride that comes with being a golden bear.

7 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: So far I have only been to Cal for visiting and for CalSO. Each time I went out there I feel more in love with the college campus and the whole general feel of the area. I cannot wait to be a golden bear next year.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: University of California, Berkeley is a very interesting school in terms of its overall structure and student body. It has brought a huge group of very successful and renown faculty members from throughout the world and has also brought together a very ambitious and dedicated population of students. Due to its vastness, Berkeley offered tremendous amounts of opportunities both academic-wise and extracurricular-wise. However, it is important that the vastness of the school can also disallow a student to stand our from the crowd unless he or she is willing to directly meet the sources for academic and extracurricular development.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Berkeley has an incredible campus and so many opportunities for students to grow and learn. The city feels like a true college town and offers many fun places to hang out and eat. I must say though that the classes are very difficult but after some time you will get used to the intense academic expectations and become a better student in the long run.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: College is hard; there are no "easy A's" but it just makes it that much more rewarding when you get the grade you want.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: All of the interactions I've had with the people and facilities have been amazing

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The first year was most definitely a learning experience. Just adapting to the demands of the #1 Public University in the world was a challenge. However, there are many resources on campus for students with my background, its just a matter of looking for them a seeking them. Berkeley is very strange in a sense. There are different types of people, however, the diversity is not that abstract. It is interesting to get to know people and where they are from, however, I sometimes feel like there could be a better job of education the student who are not of color about the ignorance in society when it comes to systematic racism. One thing about Berkeley is that it taught me that every thing is political and every aspect of life is developed from a systematic philosophy.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Being at UC Berkeley is such an interesting experience. The college town is the perfect place to grow and spread your wings. However the classes are very, very difficult. Sometimes is seems like the people that are doing better than you are the ones with more "natural" intelligence. However there are so many opportunities to grow and experience in the bay area. So many different cultures and ethnicities are represented at school and make for a diverse and interesting environment.

8 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The second I walked on campus I knew it was the school for me. Besides the obvious fact that it is a beautiful campus with amazing architecture and weather, the environment and vibes set off by the students is what really drew me in. Everyone is so welcoming and there are so many resources available to make sure you are successful.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are a few pretentious assholes, but most of the people are friendly and relatable. My transition from high school to college was pretty smooth, coursework-wise.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love the Cal experience. Becoming a Golden Bear is the best decision I have ever made because the culture and environment here are exactly what I was looking for. I have also made great friends.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Course scheduling is difficult as orientation is in June so hard for out-of-state students to come.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Amazing college with mostly amazing community and professors.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: So much pride and so many opportunities. Go bears!

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The atmosphere is lively, and inviting. Though academically Cal is challenging and rigorous, I feel I am being better prepared for the world that lies ahead of me. There are always organizations and groups to become involved in as well. The area itself is awesome as its bay area location leaves opportunities endless for explorations.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Excellent school with great and world-recognized professors who are really invested in their students. Campus isn't bad, and the Berkeley is a great place to explore, with plenty of good restaurants, stores, and people.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Berkeley it's the greatest college! They have everything, from academics to athletics. and there's a lot of different activities one can get involved with.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: UC Berkeley has endless opportunities and no boundaries on trying new things.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I absolutely LOVE UC Berkeley, but UC Berkeley also drives me insane with difficulty of the classes. It is a love/ hate relationship between me and this school. I have not only grown in the academic world, but also in the real world, as UC Berkeley has a much more holistic view of the world in comparison to my upbringing.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Besides being academically rigorous, the school has a lot to offer. I joined the figure skating team, the gymnastics team, and a business club. I also worked two part time jobs and had a great experience doing everything. Time management was crucial in my ability to finish the year successfully. UC Berkeley has such a distinct atmosphere and culture.

3 people found this useful Report
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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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