Location: Berkeley, CA
Size: 36, 204
Percent Women: 52%
Tuition (one year): $37,940
Most Popular Major: Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Economics, Political Science, Business Administration, Psychology, and Media Studies
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 20.8%
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Why Choose UC Berkeley?
"It's so unique. You can go everywhere in the world and never find a place like Berkeley. It's so special, so beautiful, so diverse. I love that it's different. I want to try new things. Isn't that what college is all about?"
"Ive always said Berkeley isn't a "place; it's a "way of life!"
"Berkeley's reputation is outstanding. The environment is chill, laidback, and has so much character to it. You can easily walk around the campus by foot--there is no need for a car there. It's in an ideal location--only a half hour away from San Francisco (when you'd like to have fun in the city) and 40 minutes from San Jose (Silicon Valley, if you're looking into the tech industry). Nor Cal people tend to be relaxed and less concerned with their image than So Cal, in the whole...it's just really inviting and wonderful."
"So why Berkeley? Because I felt like I fit in. While I always held the school's prestigious reputation in the highest regard, I was ecstactic to be surrounded by brilliant and eccentric minds."
"Berkeley was what I needed. I didn't have any idea about my future at 18, and Berkeley provided me with the opportunity to figure things out."
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"I love that as a student I have free access to the Berkeley Art Museum to see beautiful exhibits by big renown artists"
"The local atmosphere is amazing. There is almost always a division 1 sporting event going on and the school spirit is amazing! Food options are so varied and almost always delicious! Just about anything you want to do (shopping, movies, eating, bowling..) are easily accessible by public transportation.""One of the biggest perks of attending Berkeley is the spectacular view of San Francisco and the entire Bay Area, literally one of the most beautiful view I have witnessed.""Having tons of amazing libraries to choose from and knowing that they are capacitated with the most intellectual books and archives.""Being taught by Noble Laureates and the amazing affect of saying"I go to UC Berkeley" among people."
"The dorms can be a good place to meet new people and socialize. The dorms are also pretty clean. However, the cost is a little much especially because I lived in triple. The dorm room was very small and tight. The hall also can be a little loud at times. The dining food is all right but can get tiring."
"Campus safety in my opinion needs improvement. I've never felt threatened on Berkeley's campus, but the surrounding areas does get pretty sketchy. Also, some more police activity around campus wouldn't hurt."
"Confusing Registration Process – Berkeley uses Telebears to register for classes and I found it quiet confusing because you can not sign up for your classes all at one. There are 2 Phases. You sign for a couple classes in Phase 1, which is in the month of June and then sign for more in Phase 2 which is in August. I did not really like that system and think they should improve it."
"I don't have nothing against homeless people, but there are a large number of homeless people on campus and outside of campus. There is always something happening with them and your day will always be extravagant because of them. Usually they are kind but they can be crazy. DONT WALK BY YOURSELF AT NIGHT."
New Collegiette on Campus
"I had heard that classes here were extremely competitive and basically made you suffer, but on my first day of classes, I was invigorated with a sense of competition and drive for academia. It felt great to be amongst peers who had high aspirations like me, and they encouraged me to push myself to my limits."
"My first semester of school was interesting. A spring admit, I chose to enroll in the Fall Program for Freshmen (FPF). When school started I didn't really understand what it meant to be a spring admit or an FPF student—I was really confused. It turned out that FPF was a great option for me. It gave me the opportunity to observe and understand Cal, before jumping directly into the water. FPF offered me a smooth transition into college, and I really enjoyed it. With fun and interesting classes, I enjoyed the academic aspects of my first semester."
"My first semester was an opportunity to fully investigate the numerous paths available to me during my undergraduate years, and to optimize my plans to make the most out of this huge monetary investment in my future"
"My first year at Cal was scary and funny at the same time. Berkeley can be very intimidating at first but little by little you are able to find your niche and love every moment of the Cal experience."
"I learned so much in my first semester at Cal, in the classroom and outside, too. I'm finding my place in the context of the larger world, starting first with the 36000 students at Cal. I'm trying new things and stepping out of my comfort zone. Most importantly, I am realizing that even if a plan seems to have fallen apart, in reality, more opportunities have opened."
All About Academics"I have never been challenged as much as when I cam to Berkeley. The things you learn in one class often overlap with what you learn in another, and the faculty are usually engaged and willing to answer questions and talk to students.""I'm a sociology major, and the classes I've taken are captivating and inspiring. The professors care about you and want you to feel the same passion you feel. There are many organizations on campus that help sociology majors form connections with professors and other undergrads."'I cannot imagine a better academic environment than Berkeley. You are challenged in every field but at the same time you are offered countless opportunities to receive support and academic guidance. In a school this large, the curriculum can feel overwhelming but Cal does an incredible job of teaching you to fight for what you deserve and exemplifies the "you get what you work for" motto.""Academics are superb at Cal. Anything you want, name it, we have it. Studying spaces and tutors are available, registration is great. The professors are amazing and the topics are quite unique. You get to learn about something your professor is passionate about, and that is how you really learn.""The most popular majors are the usual, business, engineering, media studies, and political science. Regardless though Cal has many majors to choose from and also many minors."
Learn From the BestProfessor Reich"The professors I have had are some of the smartest people I have ever had the honor of being taught in their presence.""Brilliant professors, fairly accessible although for a very limited amount of office time. For example, you get perhaps l0 minutes to meet with them before they say "I've got other students waiting." The campus has over 35, 000 students so it is a bit impersonal here admittedly. My only complaint is that I would rather have been on a very small campus but with the incredible academic opportunities here.""There are some professors are campus that are truly inspiring! There are also classes that are life-changing and will definitely challenge what you believe in!""Very Knowledgable Professor – Professors teaching here are experts in their field, they will teach you outside the textbook with their own findings and research. Although some of them are very busy with their own research, they still would help if you go asked for it, and only help if you asked for it.""Passionate About Their Work – All the professors I've had are very good at what they do. Not only that, but they also enjoy what they do. Anyone can see this because of the way they get excited while they give their lectures as well as the ways in which they try to make themselves available to the students."
Interests & Involvement"My involvement with the boxing team has been instrumental to the success of my college experience. It was much easier to meet new people in the gym, compared to the giant lecture halls on campus. In addition, I felt more comfortable as a student. In such a large University, it’s easy to feel more like a number than an individual.""As much as I love the service projects the club provides, what keeps me coming back week after week with such a positive attitude is the people in the club. It is amazing to be in a club with individuals of different backgrounds, interests, and experiences enjoying each other’s company, while having a common zeal for community service.""I am extremely proud to be part of the Cal Band organization. I’ve made wonderful friends, developed valuable leadership skills, built important connections, and been immersed in the spirit of Cal.""There are hundreds of clubs and organizations here at Cal. There is something for everybody.""Teaching a DeCal has been fulfilling to me in a way no other class has come close to; even simply from realizing that lots of other people share my passions. It’s nothing short of exhilarating to lead a successful class discussion, and to see people engaged in something I’ve created."
Team Spirit"It is amazing to be able to show up to a swim meet or gymnastics event and watch Olympians compete. The level of play for every sport is outstanding, and the school spirit is amazing! Basketball and football games are the most well-attended, but every sport draws a very fun crowd.""The city turns into a totally different environment once a varsity game starts. People arrive from out of town/state/ and even country in some cases. I don't think our teams are exception in any sense of the word, but people are still excited by the atmosphere generated by such attractions.""Athletics at Berkeley is pretty huge. There is a high school spirit, especially against Stanford, and there are lots of events. Many clubs and facilities are available too.""We are an NCAA division one athletic department. Our swimming team recently acquired Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin. Our football team has produced greats like Aaron Rodgers of the Packers. With the 300 million dollar new stadium we, are one of the best in the country""Big School, Big Spirit – The variety and talent of our sports teams make UC Berkeley a great place to study if you're an athlete. We have winning teams in a bunch of college sports like Basketball and Football, and the Golden Bears definitely have a huge fan base. We are currently building a new training center near the stadium, so sports are a priority at Cal."
"There are definitely more women on campus than men, which makes me very proud and happy that Cal thrives on equality for all."
"Being a women on campus is amazing. There is such a diversity and respect for women in all departments. We even have a women's resource center for advise and for help when we need it."
"Most women here at Cal are extremely stylish. There is boho chic vibe that goes around campus that many women embrace and know how to rock it."
"Here at Cal, women are truly respected. There is even an all-girl dorm for those who prefer not to go co-ed because of their beliefs or because they feel safer."
"52% of the students at Cal are women. It is a huge number and I have to say I am very proud. Cal believes that every person regardless of their race and gender deserve an amazing education."
Food & Drink"Although the dining halls may not be the best in the nation, they definitely are not bad. One of the aspects that make Berkeley such an amazing city to live in is that THERE IS SO MUCH GOOD FOOD EVERYWHERE. It blew my mind how many local hole-in-the-wall restaurants there were that served amazingly delicious and authentic food.""The off campus dining offers various restaurants from greek to brazilian to indian to mexican. Overall, most will be satisfied with the dining due to the vast differences in restaurants and how close they are to campus - which is convenient for students.""As a Freshman here, I am really impressed with the quality of the food the dining halls serve. Particularly, Cafe 3 has an "Asian" kitchen that prepares a different oriental-inspired dish every night. If you eat as much as I do, get the Premium Meal Points Plan because, between the good food at the dining halls and the availability of TO-GO Meals at GBC and Bear Market, you'll need every point you can get by the end of the semester.""Amazing late night food!!! You can literally get a juicy steak at night.""There are various cafes on campus that make incredible sandwiches and salads and there is a campus market as well. In addition, there is a food court type area that is great, super cheap, and gives enormous portions great for later use! Literally just a few steps away from campus we have an entire street full of a wide selection of food that is all quite exceptional and the largest variety you will find."
Social Scene"It does not matter what scene you belong to there is always something to do after hours on and off campus. Parties are everywhere, whether it be a frat house or a dorm party. Punk rockers can go see a local band perform and ravers can shuffle all night at a rave. The opportunities are endless.""Every semester.. different organizations host a party in clubs of San Francisco and take their party buses. it's actually fun, to ride with all your friends while meeting new people.. rather than just going straight to the club perhaps not knowing anybody.""Cal's frat row is like a scene out of a movie. Around 10:30 on Friday and Saturday nights, the sidewalks of Piedmont are bustling with girls in skimpy dresses and boys wearing too much cologne. The frat parties are a really great place to meet people and network. If you're 21 and older, Pappy's on Telegraph and Kip's on Durant are awesome places to hang out.""Diversity of People – At UC Berkeley, there are a variety of people with different interests; therefore, it is easy to find many things to do based on your interests. Students can have the typical frat party experience, mingle with more eccentric people at co-op parties, hike or bike with the outdoorsy types, attend lectures with the academic types, or simply eat dinner at one of Berkeley's many wonderful restaurants with the food connoisseurs.""One of the best places to be in the Bay area! So vibrant and fun!"
Dorm Life"The units are average at worst, I don't hear much complaint from them. Clark Kerr is amazing, feels like a country club with HUGE rooms. Foothill is also pretty nice, feels kind of like a camp out in the woods, but like a nice one.""I live in Stern, the all-girls dorm, that is known to be antisocial. However, during my first semester at UC Berkeley, I have discovered that if you want to be social, it is easy. There are so many events that mentors and RAs host, as well as unit-wide events, such as dances and karaoke nights.""I love that I can roll out of bed 10 minutes before class starts and get to class in no time. Dorms are very close to campus, but are also in the city and therefore near dinning and boutiques. Everything is walking-distance.""I had a great experience in the dorms! Clark Kerr has the largest dorms, but it is the farthest from campus. Units 1 and 2 are newer and close to CrossRoads, where most eat their meals. Unit 3 is closest to campus but also the oldest. Lastly, there is Foothill/Bowles/Stearns. These dorms are up on the hill near the football stadium and are far from Sproul on campus, but close to many East side buildings. They also have the best food, in my opinion. While dorms are costly, the experience of living in the dorms and meeting new people is priceless.""Not all the dorms are the best but the farthest dorms away from campus are. The cost is really high as well but the living space is comfortable and is cleaned everyday. The social atmosphere is also great and there is an opportunity to live in a themed dorm."
Exploring Berkeley"You have everything. No matter what kind of person you are, you can find something to do that you'll like. You have a strong community with vibrant activities happening in the city and campus every day. Also, if you are more of an outdoors person, you can go hiking behind the city or go visit bay. Around Berkeley, you have all the amazing sights and history in San Francisco and Oakland, which any student can visit anytime very easily. Very classic college environment with a vibrant and diverse atmosphere for anyone.""Berkeley has amazing transportation that can get you everywhere in the Bay Area.""A Healthy Utopia – Berkeley is an amazing utopia for the health-conscious person like myself. There is nowhere like it in reference to its variety of non-chain stores and restaurants, and the sheer atmosphere of enlightenment around Berkeley and the campus. It is truly a unique and amazing place.""Lots to Do – Berkeley is a great little diverse city. It's eclectic tastes range from Ethiopian to Italian foods and you can find poetry readings, music venues, movie theaters, and so much more within walking distance. The San Francisco Bay is only 20 minutes away as well by public transportation which opens doors to so many other fun activities-visiting Alcatraz, clubbing, going to Ghiradelli Square, and so much more.""Berkeley is very scenic and easily accessible via AC transit. And whatever your needs, if they cant be met at Berkeley, then a quick BART trip to any of the Bay area cities is easy and cheap. Oakland, San Francisco, Richmond, and San Jose are all within reach. Lots of food options too."
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