University of California - Berkeley

3,579 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

3,579 reviews
  • Excellent
    572
  • 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
I'm biased because I am in Greek life, but it has had a great influence on my college career. I am in a sorority where there are a wide range of women, many of whom thought they would never ever join a sorority. There are girls who go to parties and drink, and girls who never do, and all of them are very studious. I think Berkeley Greek life breaks most stereotypes. While there may be the stereotypical rude blonde sorority girl or obnoxiously fratty guy here and there, there are many genuine people with interests and goals way beyond Greek life. I have made a lot of my best friends in my sorority, but still have friends outside of it through involvement on campus.

There are also almost always parties on weekend nights and often small mixers on tuesday-thurs. The weekend parties range from 500 people themed ragers to mixers between one sorority and one frat. The only night where it might be hard to find people getting drunk is Monday. It is definitely harder to get in if you're a guy not in Greek life.

Another plus to Greek life- The housing for women is awesome and generally a lot cheaper than dorms.. The frat houses are grimey but are fun because they're all on a real "greek row", which really adds to the collegiate atmosphere. Check out Piedmont Ave South of campus on google maps!
  • College Sophomore
  • 11 months ago
Berkeley is great! There are so many affordable food options, with cuisine from all over the world. There's a downtown farmers market every Saturday and markets on historic Telegraph Ave. during the summer. Campus is great, with its historic campanile, beautiful old buildings, museums, libraries, tree groves, and there's a vibrant atmosphere. Students care about academics and social issues. Football games at memorial stadium are fun. There are great places to catch a magical view of sunset over the Bay and San Francisco.

Transportation by buses is pretty good - you can get a lot of places with the AC transport bus pass that comes with your UC Berkeley ID card, including SF and nearby Tilden Regional Park (which has hiking, a lake, a little farm, etc). And BART is pretty good for getting to the City.

Downtown Shattuck has improved over the years. It's not the cleanest, and there are lots of homeless individuals but they do not generally cause any problems. It has it's charm though, and the movie theaters are nice, the trees are wrapped in lights. Some people say that it is dangerous, but it's really generally very safe as long as you take reasonable care like not walking by yourself late at night through the more south & west side areas. There are also really great family neighborhoods of Berkeley, with classic great big Berkeley houses.
  • Recent Alumnus
  • Dec 13 2014