University of California, Berkeley (Cal)

Berkeley, CA

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Cal Reviews

Alumnus - Grad Year 2009

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Perfect blend between academics and social. The liberal environment offers you a good diversity of study options and social experiences. I loe the collaborative and innovative environment. The program is highly collaborative and bring a diverse set of students from all of the world. Highly recommend!

Academics

Size class size (240) full-time MBA program is ideal for fostering an intimate and supportive environment. Professors are friendly and readily accessible both on and off office hours. Workload is definitely more during the first year. The curriculum offers a good balance between teamwork and independent study opportunities.

College Life

A good number of clubs and organizations around various industries. If there's isnt one you're looking for, then the "run by students, for students" environment enables you to create one yourself. The program provides good infrastructure and guidance.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1996

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Berkeley is what you make of it, but you can make anything you want. This is not a school that will coddle you and make sure you show up for class and are on track at all times, but it's a place that will let you explore and try many different things. You can dabble in all different subjects and classes and learn from world-class people in all of them. The diversity of the students is unmatched, as is life in the bay area, where you can enjoy the lifestyle of Berkeley or go explore San Francisco on the weekend. You have to be driven and be prepared to work hard and compete, but if you're ready for that, this could be a good spot.

Academics

The academic experience here really differs based on what subject you study. The hard sciences, engineering, computer science are really tough, competitive, and you can expect to work a ton. For the social sciences that I was in, there was a fairly good balance and the workload was a bit more reasonable. Class sizes tend towards the large size (for mine, I had many with over 200 people), with a lot of the detailed discussion happening in section breakouts led by TAs (who are typically top grad students themselves). You do have an opportunity to learn from some of the top people in their fields (including several Nobel laureates), but at somewhat of an arm's distance (at least in lower level classes). It can sometimes be hard to get the exact classes you want, but you just learn to work around that.

College Life

Berkeley is a vibrant area and you can have whatever social life you want, including Greek life, athletics, academic groups. Because of the diversity of the campus you can find your group no matter who you are. Off campus, there are tons of activities, good food, etc, although you do sometimes have to be careful at night on your own. The campus is beautiful, though, with lots of nooks and crannies to explore. On the weekends, you can do anything you want, from exploring San Francisco, to going to Tahoe, to going to any of the sports events at Berkeley, SF, or Oakland, or just relaxing in town (though you will have to spend sometime studying too). But there really can't be a better place for extracurriculars.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2002

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Great location, well integrated into the City so there is a nice mix of a college atmosphere, mixed with a more real world setting. Pretty much the entire City is college students, so it definitely feels like a college town. You're a short BART ride away from San Francisco, which is awesome, but there is plenty to do in Berkeley as well. Food options in Berkeley are awesome, especially for late night cheap food. And everything is walkable, which is great.

Academics

Engineering classes are challenging and deliberately designed to weed out certain students. Class sizes are huge (especially in the lower divisions). Don't expect professors to know your names. Really, it's the GSIs that you will interact with on a daily or weekly basis. Upper division classes are actually easier than most lower division courses, but that could just be because of the foundation you build in the lower divisions.

College Life

Berkeley is definitely a college town and with the size of the student body, there is no shortage of clubs that you can join. No matter what your interest or affinity, there is almost always a group of like minded individuals. Regarding the campus and surrounding areas, certain areas of the City aren't the safest, but in general, if you use good judgment and common sense, there's never any real risk.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1996

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

I loved going to Cal. Lots of different people and a great town. I played club Water Polo and then it became NCAA. I also studied abroad, their study abroad program is great. I went to Ireland and loved it.

Academics

Workload is heavy, class sizes are big. Getting smaller classes is great when you can do it. You have to advocate for yourself - talk to professors and TAs, join study groups, etc. It takes a year or so to figure it out, but you will.

College Life

Lots of clubs for those interested. Lively campus - always something going on. Game weekends are fun. The campus is the town, which is awesome. The campus has a great historic feel and the town supports the students and activities.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1997

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Great school and breadth of experiences both academically & socially, especially for public education. Highest quality education for public university tuition. Even with tuition increases, it's still the best bargain for higher education. Diversity of subjects, majors and student population. There's no coddling. This is real education that will prepare you for the real world.

Academics

Diverse classes from ethnic music, to alternative medicine. Top programs in specialties like engineering, architecture, business, sciences, as well as being able to create your own unique majors like Asian American studies, Chicano studies, or any interdisciplinary study. Professors are at the top of their fields. Classes are big, and you could get lost if you're not proactive. But it prepares you for the competitiveness of the real world.

College Life

Berkeley is a diverse city with a wealth of interesting activities. The university is a big part of the town, but it's not the only thing. Berkeley stands on its own as a cool city with amazing food & interesting community activities. Small town with big city amenities. Close proximity to San Francisco which is very accessible by public transportation. It's not a big party school with lots of night life, but you won't be bored.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1996

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

There are a lot of things that go into a Cal educational experience -- and opinions will differ widely. But i don't think many can argue this -- Cal alumni are extraordinary loyal and continue to support the school long after graduating. I think that says a lot.

Academics

The diversity of opportunities is nearly overwhelming -- Cal has absolutely everything on offer iwth respect to academics. Some introductary / basic classics (Econ, some history, Psych, etc) can be huge and lectures can be intimidating -- but once you get through the basics the school becomes far more personal and intimate. The professors are clearly world class -- but a lot of classes (lower level) are taught in large part by Phd candidates. Nevertheless the system seems to work well -- and the workloads are fair.

College Life

This is a big school in an usual city setting. Those that prosper become fiercely loyal alumni -- but i can imagine that there are many that prefer a more intimate setting to pursue their education. Despite Berkeley's gritty nature, the campus feels very safe -- the University spends a great deal of time making sure that people feel comfortable.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1984

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Just walking around campus feels like an international experience. The campus itself isn't large, but the student body is, so it is important to find a group or organization to get involved with, otherwise you may feel lost. Despite popular opinion, the political views of the majority of the student body are fairly conservative, although the surrounding population in the city of Berkeley seems just the opposite. As a small hometown girl, I found it exhilarating to be amongst such diversity and knowledge!

Academics

For the introductory classes, large lecture format breaking down into smaller groups with TAs. For the higher level classes, some can be quite small. As one of the country's highest ranked public institutions, the faculty pushes hard and expects critical thinking and the highest quality work. The workload is manageable.

College Life

There is always something going on around campus; athletic competitions, concerts, rallies...you name it. Local restaurants and shops are unique and fun. It is easy to hop on BART to enjoy San Francisco. The campus shuttle is reliable and convenient; the campus is small enough that you feel safe at any time.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1990

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Former Student - Last Attended 2013

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

I attended Cal's summer session and I really enjoyed what I experienced in those few weeks. The environment is great. It's quiet in the early morning with fresh air and a little breeze. Some lecture halls are a little far from each other, so do not waste time in between classes and you'll get to the next class on time.

Academics

I took Intro to Econ last summer. It was a very popular class, so the class size was around 150. The professor could not pay much attention to each student. However, the group sessions made up for that. My classmates and the TA had a pretty good time studying and discussing materials learned in class. The TAs are pretty helpful, and if you are afraid of asking them a question, you are missing out. My TA had post-grad research to do, but she was very kind and flexible with her office hours if you asked. I bet it's the same with most TAs at Cal.

College Life

I was a commuter, so I did not have time to get much of the college life privileges. The campus is very safe. There are shuttles and buses. If you need someone to accompany you to walk on campus late at night, you can call a few club hotlines for a few students or a free shuttle to come and get you. The school is near downtown Berkeley, so there are plenty of cafes and restaurants to get food and coffee. Around noon time, students would scatter around on campus to have lunch and chat. The social atmosphere is not There are a lot of clubs to choose from and they are pretty welcoming to new people, too.


Former Student - Last Attended 2001

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Berkeley provides the ultimate college experience. It has a little bit of everything for everyone to enjoy. Of course, there's the incredible education that the school has built a reputation on. On top of that, however, there's a lot of school pride, an excellent football program (Aaron Rodgers, anybody?!), and an unbelievably diverse student body. The surrounding areas are drenched in history and stories from the 60s and 70s and a trip just across the bay places you in San Francisco. If you want to get everything you possibly can out of a college, than Berkeley is the perfect choice.

Academics

Berkeley has become well known for so many of its professors and classes. Being able to take part in some of these famous courses was an experience that I, still to this day, take pride in. The workload can get pretty intense, but if you are smart with your time, you can definitely take part in all the fun that college has to offer.

College Life

There is always something going on every day of the week. In the fall and winter, if there is a home football game, it's near impossible not to get sucked into the festivities. Prospective students, current students, alumni, and families are come together to celebrate, eat, and root on their California Golden Bears. The options for extracurricular activities are endless. There are even student run courses called DeCal's that you can take and receive credit for. I took a class that was all about "Family Guy". It was a fun addition to what tends to be a pretty tedious and hectic workload.


Former Student - Last Attended 2007

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Berkeley has an amazing culture and environment and inspires students to bring their best and question what they know. i really like the ability to take any class you are interested in and that the professors are very knowledgeable and experts in their field

Academics

the EECS program was extremely tough with lots of projects and heavy workload, but you receive an education that is similar to a graduate education elsewhere. the professors are very excellent lecturers and students are always helpful

College Life

tons of clubs to join, campus athletics are always bustling! the downside is there are so many students in all the clubs that you really have to be extra outgoing to get deeply involved. that being said, it was very rewarding


Former Student - Last Attended 1974

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Berkelely is a super school. It's a great university with a fabulous faculty, super exracurricular activities, and a fantastic campus. Of course, it's highly competitive, so a place you have to study hard...but also a place to meet fascinating people from all over the world...and be exposed to so many wonderful opportunties. I feel very lucky to have graduated from such a fine university.

Academics

Academics are vigorous...but that's to be expected, as it's really hard to get into. But, if you work hard, it's doable. Professors are very accessbile...and lots of great resources everywhere. Internships were significant also...so I had lots of hands on experience. Prepared me well for my graduate education.

College Life

Lots of fun social things to do...I loved choir...even though I wasn't a music major....dance clubs...drama performances...fabulous international films and performances for cheap prices...A club for every interest...and of course the sports and the Greek life for those who want that. It's a super college town with lots of restaurants, and places to go...Lovely parks and a beautiful campus. Berkeley has it all.


Former Student - Last Attended 1988

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Great atmosphere, diversity. I loved the wild diversity of the city in every way: class, race, religion, socioeconomics, mental health-- the exposure was so exciting and new. When I was attending Berkeley, I particularly remember "the Naked Guy" getting tons of attention...if I recall correctly, he was a student. I never saw the "full monty" so to speak, thanks to the strategic hankerchief.

Academics

You get what you sign up for: in the early years, taking lots of required classes, the class sizes are enormous. You get more access to doctoral student teaching assistants. As you move along, class sizes get smaller & you have more direct contact with the professors.

College Life

In terms of location, you can;t beat Berkeley: it situated in a superb spot across the Bay from San Francisco & nextdoor to Oakland. Lots to explore in the area. Berkeley is urban, do not take your personal safety for granted, but campus safety is active and noticeable around campus.


Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Well, i have not seen the school of Berkeley yet, but I can say that it has had one of the best music programs and is very well-known. I really would LOVE to attend at this school and would definitely recommend it to others looking for a college who are still in high school.

Academics

My classes have always been great! I have never had a problem with any teachers and my grades have always been satisfactory. School has been something that I have taken serious since I was in kindergarten. I will say that the classes that interested me the most in were my music classes. Taking those classes is what made me interested in becoming a music major.

College Life

The student life I carry here in my school is perfect. Started as a shy not-talkative freshment, to a loud and talkative senior. The clubs I joined were clubs like, Mecha, and Christian club. I am revolved around hispanics a lot and christianity has been a main part of my life. I never joined any sports but for sure I always stayed fit and active. The weekend activities would be hang out with my family and church every single Sunday.


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