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Campus Quality


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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: It is a great campus maybe a little dirty on the streets but it gives the genuine look of things

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There's a variation in facilities. In general they are all clean and functioning. They all have the normal classroom technology that is required, its just some are nicer than others.

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3 College Senior

Campus Quality: The sciences and law facilities are very nice and new, the arts and interdisciplinary buildings are cramped, hot and uncomfortable for learning.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Being in Berkeley, I can honestly say that I have found myself. Everyone accepts who you are and supports what you do. In Berkeley, there are endless opportunities with the academic programs provided. You can take any course you want to take and if its not available, you can teach a course on the topic of your choice. Students are accepting of one another and encouraging. Overall, attending Berkeley was the best decision I have ever made.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Any kind of social experience you desire, you will find in Berkeley. If you just want to hangout with your peers feel free to lay under the sun at Memorial Glade. If there is something you feel every student should know, go out and flyer at Sproul. If you don't understand how to do an assignment in a math class, feel free to go into the Student Learning Center where you will receive free tutoring. If you just want to study in a quiet area, well there are over 40 libraries to choose from. Student life on campus is what Berkeley is about.

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UC Berkeley was designed to be the “Athens of the West,” and its beautiful Greek architecture is definitely admired by students. After the initial design, however, any goal at uniformity was abandoned, leaving the campus with a random mix of styles and designs that mirrors its mismatched, eccentric personality. When it comes to academic facilities, Cal can’t be beat. Its libraries and research laboratories are some of the best in the world and are available to students. The school definitely delivers in other areas, as well, without making students feel spoiled. Many students say they’d enjoy a few extra cardio machines or newer computers in the library but agree that neither is a necessity. There are several places to study on campus, and it’s easy to find a room for a club meeting. Likewise, the campus is spotted with athletic fields, and the gym is big enough to accommodate the student body. The University has also found a prominent place in the arts community with its renowned Zellerbach Playhouse, which serves as home to some of the most celebrated groups and performers throughout the year.

The two most complained about facilities are the student medical center—the Tang Center—and the Career Center. While Tang offers many services, including free counseling, students often joke about the poor quality of the treatment. Furthermore, it is a pain to use the facility if you don’t buy the school’s insurance plan, SHIP. The Career Center is several blocks away from campus and requires an appointment for most of its services. This makes it difficult to drop by and ask a question or to explore the Center’s programs and services. Toward the end of school, many students feel anxious about what to do next and have to rely on the Career Center’s mediocre website for guidance. However, the Career Center does provide weekly e-mails that inform students of internship opportunities and job fairs that occur on campus.


Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
1,232 acres
Student Centers
  • Cesar Chavez Student Center
  • Eshelman Hall
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Union
  • Student Learning Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • "Main Stacks" (Gardner Stacks)
  • C. V. Starr East Asian Library
  • Doe Library
  • Moffit Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Free Speech Movement Café
  • Glade
  • Upper Sproul
Bar on Campus
The Bear's Lair
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • All on-campus restaurants serve coffee
  • The Free Speech Movement Café
Movie Theater on Campus
Pacific Film Archive in Wheeler Auditorium
School Slang
  • CalSO: Orientation for new students.
  • The City: San Francisco.
  • CKC: Clark Kerr Campus.
  • DC: Dining commons.
  • Down the Hill: The bars near Telegraph (Henry's, Blakes, and Kip's).
  • Extension: Students admitted for the spring semester are given the opportunity to participate in the Fall Program for Freshman (known as the Extension program), which is located a few blocks from campus.
  • FSM: Free Speech Movement Café.
  • GBC: Golden Bear Café.
  • Ghetto Food Court, Food Ghetto: Asian food court on Durant Ave., between Telegraph and Bowditch.
  • Invitational: A dance party students must be invited to, usually organized by sororities or fraternities; typically involves free transportation, alcohol, and free entry to a dance club.
  • RSF: Recreational Sports Facility.
  • Stacks: Gardner Main Stacks (popular library study spot).
  • Tight: Cool, great, perfect. ("That move you did on the dance floor was tight.")
  • Trashed, wasted, hammered, sloshed, obliterated, messed up: Drunk, high, or combination thereof.
  • Whack: Unfair, unfortunate, usually used in describing a minor injustice. ("The way your boyfriend broke up with you was whack.")
  • Big "C": The Big "C" visible in the hills above campus-normally gold-is often painted by student groups or opposing schools. Toward the end of school, it is painted white by the senior class. It has also been pink, blue, and camouflage-print, and is often painted red as a prank by Stanford students. Whenever the C is painted, however, students from the UC Rally Committee repaint it gold.
  • Cal vs. Stanford Football Game, a.k.a. "The Big Game" : This is the pinnacle of our sports year. The axe is the prize for the victor of this monumental annual game pitting the Cal football team against its cross-town rival, Stanford. The antagonism between Cal and Stanford has gone on for a century and continues to be one of the strongest signs of our school spirit to this day. Stanford is the most despised school among Cal fans, and the Big Game during football season is one of the only times we get to show them just how nasty we can get. The stadium, Stanford's or Cal's depending on the year, is always packed with students, family, and alumni-ranging from the class of 1956, to current students-sporting shirts, hats, and flags of gold, blue, and crimson. And be careful-don't get caught wearing red (Stanford's color) the week of the Big Game, or you might get pointed out on campus, told by roaming Rally Committee members and athletes to "take off that red," and hassled until you do.
  • Card Stunt: Each football game, a stack of colored cards is placed below each seat in the Student Section of the stadium. During halftime, the Mic Man yells which colors for students to show, and the entire section creates a series of pictures that support a Cal win.
  • Football Pre and After-Parties on Frat Row: The frats start drinking before noon on football game days, and they usually continue the festivities deep into the night with live music, dancing, and free alcohol. You can find at least one frat having a huge post-game party, and you'll most definitely find lots of drunk Greek scenesters roaming the local bars on those nights, too.
  • Homecoming and Parent Weekend: This is within the first few months of school and is usually when the Cal parents and alumni show up to either relive their college years or just check in with their kids. There are games, food, events, lectures, exhibits, tours, and lots of people all over campus who are all smiles for Cal. It's a good time to remind yourself of how lucky you are to be a Berkeley student.
  • Oski: This is the official mascot of UC Berkeley. This big, friendly golden bear wears a college letterman's sweater and is often seen at athletic games and other special events on campus. He's an undercover party animal and can be seen pouring and downing beers at the Bear's Lair Brewpub from time to time.
Urban Legends
  • A parking lot was built exclusively for Nobel Laureates.
  • People lived in the trees for more than a year to protest a new athletic facility. This is actually true, except that for the first year or so, they were not residing in the trees, but instead sitting in them in shifts.
  • Sather Gate could fall down in the event of a major earthquake.
  • The brownies at the Dining Commons are laced with marijuana.
  • Two students committed suicide by jumping off the top floors in Evans Hall one year, leaving it with a curse.
Favorite Things To Do
Play Frisbee on Memorial Glade, go to the top of the Campanile, and listen to a concert at noon or 6 p.m. You can attend an outdoor concert at the Greek Theatre, watch an a cappella show at Sather Gate, read in a comfy place like Morrison Reading Room, watch a classic film from the Pacific Film Archive or Media Resource Library, play Frisbee or just relax in the Memorial Glade, hear an afternoon concert in Morrison Hall, see an art exhibit at the Berkeley Art Museum, or see archaeological artifacts in the Kroeber Hall Museum of Anthropology.
Student Organizations Web Site
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are more than 700 approved organizations on campus, with new groups every semester. If you have a specific interest, from fencing to physics, there's most likely a group for you. If not, you can start one with enough time and effort.
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 203 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 87 responses

  • 18% Rivalry with Stanfurd
  • 16% Big "C"
  • 12% Going up the campanile
  • 11% Football Pre and After-Parties on Frat Row
  • 9% Cal basketball games
  • 7% Calapooza
  • 6% The Campanile
  • 5% Oski
  • 5% Caltopia
  • 4% Residence Hall Socials
  • 3% Homecoming and Parent Weekend
  • 3% Card Stunt
  • 0% Walking through the beautiful scenery
  • 0% Gypsy
  • 0% Big Game Week

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 88 responses

  • 21% Weekend trip to SF
  • 18% Exploring natural parts of campus
  • 14% Eat on northside/gourmet ghetto area
  • 14% Study groups can be fun too!
  • 10% Apartment parties at friend's place
  • 6% Bar-hopping/happy hours
  • 5% Sporting Events
  • 5% Frat parties
  • 2% Stay home
  • 2% Study groups ARE fun.
  • 2% Take pictures of squirrels
  • 1% Play pick-up soccer
  • 0% Walk down on Shattuck

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 99 responses

  • 52% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 44% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 4% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 207 responses

  • 36% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 49% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 12% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 3% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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