Berkeley, CA
University of California-Berkeley


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Recent Reviews

Cherie
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Overall Berkeley is a really good school. The academics are amazing and the over all culture is just what you would expect at...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Overall Berkeley is a really good school. The academics are amazing and the over all culture is just what you would expect at any other competitive college. However, I do wish there were more African Americans admitted. There is not enough of a black presence on the campus and it truly shows.

Amber
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In only one semester of attendance, UC Berkeley has already come to feel like home for me! There are a lot of open minded peo...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

In only one semester of attendance, UC Berkeley has already come to feel like home for me! There are a lot of open minded people there who all help contribute to the excellent academic environment that is present at this university. The classes all have something great and different to offer the students taking them. UC Berkeley is also the nation's best research facility and subsequently attracts many brilliant individuals that come to research and also teach at the university and they often recruit the help of undergraduate and graduate students in completing their research!

Emily
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I was scared going in because of all the rumors of the competition, but I have found that I love it! The academics are tough,...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I was scared going in because of all the rumors of the competition, but I have found that I love it! The academics are tough, but it's the people that really make the school shine. Joining extracurriculars is a must because they really give you a family.

Nathan
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UC Berkeley is a very socially and ethically diverse school which allows students to feel comfortable on campus. In addition,...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

UC Berkeley is a very socially and ethically diverse school which allows students to feel comfortable on campus. In addition, the facilities and professors are easily accessible, which makes learning on campus much easier. Moreover, there are plenty of restaurants on campus or near the school. Furthermore, as a regular visitor of the campus, it can be seen that the atmosphere is always lively, providing a great learning environment. Overall, UC Berkeley is an excellent school to attend.

Jennifer
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Although there might not be sufficient academic resources allocated to undergrads because of the size of the school, I do fin...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Although there might not be sufficient academic resources allocated to undergrads because of the size of the school, I do find the diversity and variety of other opportunities fascinating. It's Cal after all.

Andy
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Great school for those who want to be pushing their educational limits and self growth. Lots of opportunities and abundant re...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Great school for those who want to be pushing their educational limits and self growth. Lots of opportunities and abundant resources for people to succeed. A place that calls for proactive thinking and learning. Culture is strongly educational but there is a lot of social and art resources.

Jigyasa
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I will bleed California Blue and Gold forever. I am beyond proud to be a Cal Alumni and I firmly believe that this institutio...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I will bleed California Blue and Gold forever. I am beyond proud to be a Cal Alumni and I firmly believe that this institution changed me in every dimension possible. I learned how to perform mental acrobatics in disciplines ranging from organic chemistry to sociology, embraced my Indian-American identity, become socially-engaged, and learned that activism will be inseparable from my future career as a physician. The personal, academic, and social growth I experiences at Cal is unparalleled.

Cooper
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I had a very high opinion of this university before I enrolled, and for the most part I still do. The main atmosphere of the ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I had a very high opinion of this university before I enrolled, and for the most part I still do. The main atmosphere of the university is for independent students who want to take advantage of as many amazing opportunities as possible and are motivated to do the legwork themselves. The coursework is definitely hard, but it varies by major, with the hardest classes being in computer science, engineering or especially chemical engineering. If you come in as a different major it probably won't be as difficult. The biggest drawback would probably be the location, not only because of the unsafe area around campus but also because of the terrible housing market--then again, at least it's not in the middle of nowhere. The most important thing to know about this school is that since its so big, there's basically a niche here for everyone, and always something new to do--in fact, it would be kind of unfair to make any sort of generalization about the student body since there's so many of them. Rumor: the grade deflation will destroy your GPA. True, but not absolutely devastating unless you're CS or engineering like I mentioned earlier. Rumor: the classes are too big. True. Rumor: everybody is constantly protesting everything and the political environment is suffocating. False, since I've only ever seen one protest so far in my time here and the vast majority of political riots are started by people unrelated to campus. That being said, I would agree that the campus isn't very tolerant of anything right-of-center, but it's definitely been overblown by the media. Rumor: the environment is too cutthroat. False, since I've read plenty of stories by people who encountered a cutthroat classmate but also even more stories of students legitimately helping each other here. Rumor: our football team is terrible. True. Rumor: you can take classes from Nobel laureates. False, since those really world-class professors almost exclusively teach graduate courses. There are sill some really great classes to take here anyway--like Astro C10 with Fillipenko, CogSci 1 with Li, or Drugs & The Brain--that are incredible engaging even if the professor doesn't have a Nobel. Rumor: the students here are total geniuses. Depends on what you consider genius--those asian perfect-test-scorers that play the violin who didn't get into Harvard? for the most part, they ended up here. This is the school where students go who had all the grades, test scores, and extracurriculars to get into the Ivy League, but didn't have anything truly astonishing to set them apart from the crowd. That said, there are DEFINITELY ivy-rank kids here who invented a space shuttle or some stuff like that. Anyway, it's absolutely possible to have a horrible time here, but its also absolutely possible to have a very good time, especially if you've got an independent streak and tend to be really motivated.

Lia
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I think this school is great for people who enjoy rigorous and competitive academics, but if you do not enjoy the rigor so mu...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think this school is great for people who enjoy rigorous and competitive academics, but if you do not enjoy the rigor so much this would not be the place for you. The environment​ can be toxic at times, but if you find the people you connect with you can feel at home, I know I do.

Summer
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Overall my experience at UC Berkeley was academically great, but socially a bit of a struggle. I learned and gained so much e...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Overall my experience at UC Berkeley was academically great, but socially a bit of a struggle. I learned and gained so much experience from all of my classes as well as my teachers. i was given opportunities that I would not have been given elsewhere, and the research aspect gave me a heads-up for graduate school. However, socially it was a bit of a struggle because the students were extremely competitive and it was hard to find my niche.

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