Berkeley, CA
University of California-Berkeley


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Cindy
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UC Berkeley has an immensely inclusive environment which surprised me. Coming from a low-income mostly Latino community, I e...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

UC Berkeley has an immensely inclusive environment which surprised me. Coming from a low-income mostly Latino community, I expected the university to feel intense and a harsh environment due to the competitive environment it is said to have. Once I began attending Berkeley, I quickly realized it is the contrary. Of course, everyone is trying to stand out yet this does not keep students from being there for each other. Before you know it, you have your community in Berkeley and it quickly feels like home. There are clubs for everyone and self-care events and resources year-round on and off-campus. As Cal is an open campus, students are directly exposed to city life with downtown only a block west from the main campus. The city itself is not "ideal" as homeless people are abundant and there is no shelter nearby. San Francisco is a BART ride away and there is so much to do on the weekends. There are many coffee shops and great food options around campus. UC Berkeley has outstanding academics with a majority of classes challenging you and the career-driven sentiment of students around campus is very contagious. Like any other campus, Berkeley has some aspects it can improve on but it is an overall great environment to be involved in for secondary education.

Giselle
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I started school here with the hope that everything it advertised—being politically active, big on diversity, always thriving...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I started school here with the hope that everything it advertised—being politically active, big on diversity, always thriving to make its community safe, plenty of spaces for students of color—would not become a regret. This school has failed me in many ways and while I’m grateful to have the opportunity to go to college, I have never felt more unsafe. Students of color are constantly facing abusers of power, starting from chancellor christ to the college of republicans and ending with ucpd. This school may have its history of direct action behind it but they also silence and ignore those in great need of vocalizing their needs.

Maliha
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Berkeley is full of diverse intellectuals who have all kinds of talents and a wide range of different backgrounds. You meet p...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Berkeley is full of diverse intellectuals who have all kinds of talents and a wide range of different backgrounds. You meet people from all over the world who all share a similar thirst for knowledge. The culture of academics is extremely intense and so it gets rather stressful from time to time but the students here enjoy it. They have a knack for learning things and an undiluted interest in what they're studying. The social life at Berkeley is surprising given the priority placed on academics. It's really easy to make friends here. Everyone is outgoing and willing to meet new people. The party life is also very alive and on full blast almost every weekend. It's all very work hard, play hard. The area around Berkeley is the definition of urban and full of cute little restaurants and shops. There's a college town that has almost everything a college student could ask for: multiple boba shops, pizza shops, restaurants, and the crown jewel of them all - a Taco Bell. Freshman 15 doesn't come from the dining hall food, it comes from all these food places around campus. Speaking of dining hall food, the food at Berkeley is undeniably not the best. It's plain and sometimes kind of strange but edible most of the time. The dorms at Berkeley vary. Some are extremely nice with many amenities while others, not so much. Housing is just a thing of luck here. Off-campus housing is much better but a lot harder to find because its so in demand. The area around Berkeley is not the safest. The homeless population here is rather large and one area in particular, People's Park, is usually avoided by most students. This park is near the dorms and one of the dining halls so it is recommended that people do not go out alone at night. Other than that, Berkeley is safe for the most part. I've completed one semester at Berkeley so far and I have to say I've loved every second of it. It was hard moving to a new city so far from home (LA) by myself and adjusting took some time but I found some amazing friends who have made my college experience a dream. I feel like I've already been shaped into a new person thanks to Berkeley and I would recommend it to any incoming freshman or transfer. Go Bears!

Estefania
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UC Berkeley is a great school and I am a proud golden bear! I wake up everyday ready for class because I know that my profess...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

UC Berkeley is a great school and I am a proud golden bear! I wake up everyday ready for class because I know that my professors are ready to teach. The staff here are very friendly and most of them will greet you if you pass them. Our campus is very inclusive, which makes my experience here at Berkeley easier. Students here are not afraid to standout! The best thing about UC Berkeley is that everyone including students, faculty and community members are allowed to express their freedom of speech. Protest here remind me about the unalienable rights that were given to us many years ago. I chose the University of California, Berkeley because of its political environment, but students do not have to be involved in politics to enjoy their experience! Academics here are very challenging, but there are lots of resources for students struggling with their classes, such as tutoring. Counselors here are also very helpful and reachable, as they provide different methods of communication. My favorite part of campus is the memorial glade, where students can take a break from the stress by taking a nap on the green grass or by cloud watching. I would have to agree that the City of Berkeley is very connected to the campus because telegraph Avenue and the Boba form a great culture and daily life style for students. Overall, the University of California Berkeley has given me more than what I have asked for and I am excited for the upcoming years.

Hannah
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I originally was not planning on attending UC Berkeley. It was the last school I was admitted to and when I came to visit, I ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I originally was not planning on attending UC Berkeley. It was the last school I was admitted to and when I came to visit, I thought the environment was overwhelming. Since my time here, I've grown to love the campus. There are so many academic opportunities for students and plenty of opportunities to meet people. I've found a great community and I'm excited to continue my studies here. Full disclosure, the academics are challenging so be prepared to work a little harder than the average college students. The professors are experts though and I know I'm learning from the best.

Oscar
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It is a university that I have always strived to get accepted into because of its amazing programs locations and campus life....

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is a university that I have always strived to get accepted into because of its amazing programs locations and campus life. Ever since I knew about this school I have always been interested with going to this school. Although I know that it is a very competitive school, I have always kept up with the requirements the best that I can.

Maria
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Overall, the community atmosphere is present that makes me feel part of the school and it’s useful facilities. For example, t...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Overall, the community atmosphere is present that makes me feel part of the school and it’s useful facilities. For example, their library is amazing with billions of books and many areas to form study groups. Though there is something I did not really like that was that the distances from different colleges is fairly long as it takes approximately 10 minutes to walk from the the library to cafeteria. I enjoyed it anyway. So you might end up liking it too!

Keara
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I think that Berkeley gives students a lot of opportunities and offers them to make a lot of connections to be successful. Th...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think that Berkeley gives students a lot of opportunities and offers them to make a lot of connections to be successful. They have a lot of resources and have made a lot of progress in research, I think the school can be challenging but it pushes students to go a head and find success. They have opportunities for each major and they allow you to grow in the field of your choice.

JoseEmanuel
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I think UC Berkeley is an amazing school for every single major, but the resources are not all the way there for the Latinx c...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think UC Berkeley is an amazing school for every single major, but the resources are not all the way there for the Latinx community. I Identify as a Guatemalan American low income student, and the only resources we have is the EOP office, the Educational Opportunities Program office, for those students who identify as an unrepresented student. As of class of 2022, there are approximately over 700 students who identify from their Latin roots, and we only have 1 EOP counselor to rely on throughout the academic year. Apart from that, I personally believe that this school is a little too vocal when it comes to political opinions. I say that because with an opinion that comes out of any person's mouth, there is an immediate war between the opposing option to that opinion, an example can be the positions of being republican or democratic, which I will not get into because it says enough. Another issue I would have is only on a personal level with other students. Personally I have dealt with racism from white and Asian students, I know for a fact it is because I do not share the same background as they do, a background with money. I WOULD HEAR THINGS LIKE, "He has no money cause he's Latino." or "He's most likely undocumented." No one wants to hear these things knowing that this will be their home for the next four years. The environment of UC Berkeley is just very toxic in my opinion, and at times I do regret my decision in coming here. One more thing I would like to add is the housing crisis. I speak on behalf on the Latinx community that our budgets do not match those of a white individual, or that of someone who comes from money. We would love to afford a single, but the housing prices in Berkeley for a single alone costs minimum $2000, we have to settle for double triples and quads for prices that are still pretty high. Apart from that, the homeless rates in this city are ridiculous, 10% of the student population is homeless ever academic year due to high rents and space close to school. UC Berkeley is the #1 public University in the world, but their methods in actually caring for students could step up a couple notches.

Annie
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UC Berkeley is an interesting hub of activity. At the risk of sounding too much like their website, UC Berkeley does in fact ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

UC Berkeley is an interesting hub of activity. At the risk of sounding too much like their website, UC Berkeley does in fact have some of the best academic resources in the nation. There are professors that are the top of their field and graduate student advisors that are knowledgable and extremely helpful. The campus is a beautiful mix of nature and impressive architecture and the compact nature of Berkeley as a city allows for many opportunities and fun activities. The only draw backs to UC Berkeley are the dorms and the safety in the surrounding area. Depending on which dorm you enter, they can either be great or severely lacking. But, overall they are just old. In terms of the safety, you definitely need to take caution and be careful, but as long as you are smart about it, most students are ok.

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