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Founded in 1868, University of California-Berkeley. is a Public college. Located in California, which is a city setting in California, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 29,310 full time undergraduate students, and 10,844 full time graduate students.
The University of California-Berkeley Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 18:1. There are 1646 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at University of California-Berkeley include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at UCB are considered Most Selective, with ,226% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 7 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
100% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 100% were in the top quarter, and 98% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at University of California-Berkeley.
380 Students rated on-campus housing 3.3 stars. 12 % gave the school a 5.0.
375 Students rated off-campus housing 2.9 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
417 Students rated campus food 3.2 stars. 12 % gave the school a 5.0.
430 Students rated campus facilities 3.9 stars. 28 % gave the school a 5.0.
429 Students rated class size 3.2 stars. 13 % gave the school a 5.0.
429 Students rated school activities 4.3 stars. 53 % gave the school a 5.0.
431 Students rated local services 4.2 stars. 47 % gave the school a 5.0.
429 Students rated academics 4.3 stars. 55 % gave the school a 5.0.
174 Students rated University of California-Berkeley
I am very motivated to be in such a rigorous campus. To be able to thrive with others who intend to achieve bright futures is what we are all about. In Berkeley you can network, and find the connections that will help stabalize your future socially and financially.
UC Berkeley is a beautiful scene near San Francisco and Alameda. I will be studying Cognitive Science and seek to double major with Computer Science. I know lots of people claim that the class sizes are very large, making many have to attend office hours. However I am excited to enter the world of UC Berkeley.
My perspective is probably a bit skewed, but I have really lost a lot of respect for the university in my time here. From online biochemistry labs during COVID, to receiving zero feedback on a semester's worth of work due to a graduate student strike, to plain old poor teaching in both effort and ability. I never realized before attending that the professors are only here to research while they are forced to teach as compensation for their lab or office or research spaces and resources. The same is true for the graduate students who actually carry the bulk of the weight and grade most of the work. I couldn't believe someone who was just in my class one year ago is now in the position of teaching me and determining my grade. Not a real school for those who wish to learn from the faculty, but instead more of a disguised effort to fundraise for the graduate research programs.
If you come from out-of-state or international, tuition and fees are expensive. It is also challenging to find housing here. Unless you're rich or get tons of scholarships, you will have student loans or have to work really hard. As the school is at the center of the city, you frequently see people who are houseless on campus or near the area. During the nighttime, you should be careful and be with a buddy to be safe. But there are a lot of clubs and organizations here. So, you can meet so many students and find your community. Berkeley is also accepting of transfer students, so don't be worried cause they're nice about it and you're not the only one.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for University of California-Berkeley is 16%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
I would tell my highschool self to start being more open and social since, unlike highschool, I wouldn't have my close friends around anymore. So I should try meeting new people more often.
My classmates all have unique characteristics
It is a college town, the school is beautiful and has a great accepting and engaging atmosphere.
A culturally diverse and prestigous university.
I honestly cannot see anything bad about Berkeley, at first I thought it would be the hobos that live near the southern part of campus, but they are extremely friendly, interesting and wish the students luck in their exams.
This school is a breeding ground for anything you want it to be. As a freshman and sophomore, I contained my responsibilities to schoolwork only. Now, as a junior (and perhaps a little too late), I find that every niche interest has a group. I am interested in finance, so I joined the credit union. My friend entered an application competition for Android-run phones and is going to Spain next month to present it at a conference. This school allows you to unleash your passions and develop them with people who have similar abilities and interests. Always be sure to utilize your resources to the fullest extent. Otherwise, you will regret it like I do.
People who expect or need a lot of individual attention or hand holding.
There is a wide range of class sizes, from small five person seminars to eight hundred person lecture halls. This implies that the class size dictates familiarity with the professors, and it does. The best way to get to know a professor is to attend his/her office hours. My favorite class was LGBT 145: Queer History. It was truly illuminating to experience a subset of individuals who I had no idea about whatsoever. Students study depending on their academic interests and activities outside of class. Also, natural ability has to be taken into account. Class participation varies as well; it all depends on the individuals. You will see, however, participation increasing with seniority. Students are INDEED competitive. Watch out!
Those who love to learn and explore. The liberal education there is one of the best in the world.
Its prestige. Research opportunities. Location.
The difficulty of the coursework compared with other schools
Berkeley's one of the best universities in the world though most of us are from lower-class backgrounds.
The most frustrating thing about Cal is the difficulty getting into classes. I am currently on the waitlist for over half of my classes, and will not find out until possibly the fifth week of instruction whether or not I will get in. I went to try to get into a class with an enrollment maximum of 15, and over 200 students showed up. The fifteen students will be chosen based on a lottery system. Cal also employs the typical first come, first served method with preferance given to upperclassmen. Either way, the uncertainty it is extremely frustrating.
These stereotypes CAN be true, but another stereotype that is ALWAYS true is that Berkeley is diverse, and often immune to blanket statements about student population. Certain majors certainly have a majority of ugly, studious intellectuals adorned in musty sweatpants (EECS, cough), but you're really sure to find almost every type of character on campus. Even fringe personalities can find a match if you make your fringeness visible enough.
Berkeley is known for its smart, free-spirited, strong-willed student population. Berkeley is known for its student protests, co-ops, and general hippie atmosphere. Personally, I think this is too much of a generalization. The thing about Berkeley is that it allows each student to decide how to define themselves. And yes, some of them choose to be hippies. Perhaps it is because of the large student body, but I feel that Berkeley allows for people to self-actualize. There are opportunities for every possible interest in the form of classes, clubs, organiztions, and teams. Classes are competitive, meaning students have to work their butt off just to get a B. I always say, "B for Berkeley." However, tough classes aside, Berkeley is a center of activity. You will never be bored.
There are hundreds of organizations on campus. All you have to do is think about what you want to do, and more than likely, it exists. I am involved with the credit union on campus. I see myself in finance in a few years, and have taken the steps to begin a practical approach to my experience. Students leave their doors open if the floor is social. My floor did, and it encouraged a very friendly atmosphere. Athletic events and guest speakers abound, while theater has a presence, but much less so. I'm never awake at 2 AM on a Tuesday. These classes will take something out of you, so you'd better get some sleep! People party every weekend, excluding finals and midterms seasons. Fraternities and sororities have a presence, and you will find most people partying at fraternity houses. If you don't like drinking, you can go to the movies, hang out with your club members, go to San Francisco, and so many cool niche places.
The stereotype Berkeley student is up-tight, a studyholic, a leftist communist hippy, and someone who is extremely political. 70% of Berkeley students are of ethnic minorities. Most Berkeley students spend their free time playing computer games or other nerdy activities.
For on campus dining options, there is the Golden Bear Cafe (GBC) on Sproul. This is your basic convenience store/ cafe. They provide burgers and soups for lunch, but they aren't really anything to brag about, just basic fare. There is also Ramona's by Wurster. They serve rice bowls, coffee, and other snacks. The dining commons for the dorms are buffet style and change their menus daily. However, they always have a salad bar, some soup, pizza, and some type of vegetarian option. The deserts aren't too bad either. You can always find the menu for the dining commons online so you can decide if you want to go there or not. All of these places accept the campus meal points.
Off campus, there are plenty of options. There are a number of pizza places to go to. On the south side of campus Blondie's is the closest and probably the one I would recommend. There is also Cheeseboard, but that one is vegetarian only and its a bit of a walk. Zachary's is also good, but you have to bus there and there is always usually a bit of a wait. If you're not in the mood for pizza, but still in the mood for Italian, there's Gypsy's at the Durant Food Court, or you can walk further down Telegraph and go to Pasta Bene.
There may not be many chain fast food burger places in Berkeley, but we still have some pretty good alternatives. The most well known is probably Bongo Burger. There are three of them: one on Euclid for those who live North side, one on Center Street, and one on Dwight for those on South side. There is also Smart Alec's and Manhattan Burger's across from the Durant Food Court.
If you're looking for something a bit more exotic, you can always try some sushi at C U Sushi on Center or Joshu-ya's on South side. If you're looking for something sweet there's Chocolatier Blue on University Avenue or CREAM on Telegraph.
There are plenty of places to eat around campus, after all, students need their brain food.
As shallow as it is, prestige. Berkeley's one of the best universities in the world. My experience here hasn't proved otherwise.
The only comparable campus I was accepted to was UCLA, and I didn't want to live in LA.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
63% of students
attending University of California-Berkeley receive some sort of financial aid.
23% were awarded federal grants.
While 24% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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