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University of California, Berkeley

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Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 24 Review

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars

Student Ratings

Reviews for University of California, Berkeley

Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

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Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Overall

Overall I think Cal is great school. They have an amazing financial aid package and take care of their students. I am a student-parent and the school, as well as the professors, have been extremely supportive of my situation. Cal has a student parent center, which is amazing! I really enjoy the school and the students and professors are incredibly smart, which can be intimidating sometimes, but it is well worth it as they keep my drive to do well high. Cal will definitely change you and your perception of the world. The education department (I am a Education Minor) really breaks you down in order to build you back up and shape you in a liberal way. The only draw back is that the school is extremely liberal, and sometimes while things sound great in theory they might not work in practice. Many professors live in a state that is so disconnected from "real" people that they fail to take this into account. Any how, the school definitely trains its students to be critical thinkers and to think brilliantly. It is also very diverse and open.

Academics

The workload is intense. Prepare to have no life if you want A's. Allot is expected of the students, but on the plus side it is not busy, boring work. The class sizes are all different. Some classes have 16 people, some have 40, and some have 100. It just depends.

College Life

There is a club/organization for everybody. Cal is so big that it is easy to loose yourself and this is well known, so there are a million clubs to help you keep your roots. Everything from speaking klingon to hip hop dance. It is very social and easy to find all the clubs, but hard to choose just one. Berkeley's motto is to get involved, so the school is very hands on in the community and in outreach programs that students can help with or make. The campus is safe, however, I have had several students tell me they were mugged off, but near campus. Overall, if you are just careful I think it is a safe campus though.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2012

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Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

I like that the environment here is very different from where I'm from. Where I'm from most of my friends have similar backgrounds to me and grew up the same way I did. At Berkeley, I get to meet people from different backgrounds and learn their life story and it makes me appreciate how much I have.

Academics

The classes for my program have been really great and I really enjoy learning. The information I have been learning has been very enlightening. The hard part of school though was my general education courses. I felt that they were very difficult and the workload was a lot. This got me very depressed and question whether or not I wanted to continue pursuing my major.

College Life

The social atmosphere here is very open. There are many clubs open to all sorts of people. Although I didn't participate in many clubs I do wish I was more involved in the campus activities. I enjoy joining to the athletic games.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

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Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Overall

beautiful campus but not enough updated facilities, some buildings are dangerous and not retrofitted for earthquakes etc. I think for an undergrad, it's not the best idea to come here given the rising costs of UC Schools, for the price just go to a private school.

Academics

i'm in the optometry program, so it is almost like a separate school, class sizes are good, but equiptment is a bit outdated. Classes and schedules are extremely rigorous, and I have class every day of the weekn and come in on weekends to complete work.

College Life

lots of things to do in the area, telegraph and shattuck are really vibrarnt areas. There's a plethora of good cheap food, it's very much a college town. Plus public transportation is great and you can get into San Francisco in a jiffy if you need to.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

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Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars

Student at This School - Grad Year 2012

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Nightlife:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars

Student at This School - Grad Year 2012

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars

Alumnus - Grad Year 1993

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Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

A great experience! A very well rounded education with elite academics, solid athletic program, great Greek Community and a very diverse atmosphere. Outstanding surrounding area with San Francisco right across the Bay.

Academics

The academics are amazing. The amount of Professors that are considered the expert in their field is tremendous. A lot of the Departments are considered tops in the Nation. The diploma is very valuable in the business community.

College Life

The athletic program is solid from top to bottom. Good football and basketball and then the other programs are national elite's. Very large Greek program. Berkeley is a very unique City, not so much a College Town though.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1971

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Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

There were many choices and options available, but I knew that UC Berkeley was BEST choice for me. As I was a married mother of 5, and returning to continue my education, it was clear that I should choose one that would offer me the best opportunities for a career. UC more than answered the call. My chosen field was Geography. The staff and faculty were amazing and some of the finest in their field. Campus life was hectic, challenging, friendly and allowed many new experiences. Everything was close at hand, arts, lectures, museums, concerts, events, and they all contributed to a well rounded education. I made many lifelong friends and valued the wisdom of my professors. I am very grateful for the opportunity offered by UC Berkeley and will always say " GO BEARS"!

Academics

Cultural Geography, my first class was the best foundation for Geography. Taught by Clarence Glacken, who was an expert in the field. This class of about 25 - 30 was exciting and the best introduction to " keeping eyes and ears open". Physical Geography, Meterology and the scientific side of the field were especailly interesting to me and still are part of my life. The Field trips were an essential part of the undergraduate experience, and very popular and sought after. This allowed the students to observe, evaluate, and asses much around us that allowed for practical thought, analysis and thesis development. Taught by the best lecturer and mentor, Douglas R. Powell, his classes were the best in the department. Our workloads were thought provoking and forced critical thinking, use of the scientific method and always worth the work. The department was smaller then and the lecture halls often were overflowing, but you could always get the classes you wanted or needed. Grad students were welcomed friends and helpmates. This allowed for a very cohesive environment. We had informal classes off campus, expanding discussions and fostering creative thought.

College Life

As I was a full time mother in addition to being a full time student, I did not participate in clubs or organizations, sports or many weekend activities. They were all there for any one who wanted. Campus safety was excellent and the area well lighted, patrolled and safe. This made attending evening events very pleasant and parking was nearby, and convenient.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2003

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Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

UC Berkeley is the best school I could ever have attended for college. It had an amazing student population and I have a lot of fond memories of the campus including the asian food ghetto, top dog on a friday night, bbq's at the fraternities before a football game, the basketball games, everything was fantastic.

Academics

The core computer science classes were huge, but you weren't anonymous if you didn't want to be. Making an effort to ask questions at office hours were always a great way to learn about something in more detail. The humanities classes were smaller, and I learned a lot from both lecture and discussions.

College Life

Berkeley is a unique town, very quirky. There are tons of shops, and the north side and south side are like night and day. The south side is for the younger crowd, louder and tons of bars for after a football game. The north side is quiet and has great restaurants, including the gourmet ghetto, gregorie's, saul's, and cheese board. For those with money, chez panisse is fantastic. For those who want good greasy food, pyramid brewery is the place to go. Being in a sorority helped with always having activities to do and still being close to campus.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1988

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Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Overall

I enjoyed UC Berkeley as it was very eye opening experience from the diversity of its students to the eclectic people walking along Telegraph Avenue. Memorable experiences included a great sense of freedom as well as independence while walking from class to class. Also, although the campus was large, you always ran into a familiar face.

Academics

The classes I took were for the most part quite challenging. Some of the lectures were quite large with the professor, but I enjoyed the smaller classes with the teaching assistants. The workload was tough at times and required good time management and organizational skills to make sure everything got done.

College Life

I lived off campus but was still able to socialize with fellow students by joining the numerous clubs on campus. I enjoyed my time in the California Alumni Association (having been an Alumni Scholar) working on the newsletter and planning events. I typically always felt safe on campus and walking to BART. Weekends were spent with friends who lived on campus and going to football games.


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