University of California - Berkeley Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (26)
Very large, requires students to be confident and self-motivated in reaching out to professors and departments.
An EECS degree from UC Berkeley is the perfect start to a career in tech in the Bay Area.
Great college town, will take time to get used to Berkeley's unique-ness, academics are top-notch
Brilliant people, socially active campus, and a great location are three reasons for attending Cal. Both student life and academic life are excellent here.
Despite my very strong desire to like this institution as a leading public university, because I believe in public education, I have been unable to come away without significant hatred. The administration is terrible. The University of California organization is corrupt at the top and this leaks down quite noticeably. Most obvious direct impact is in the exponential growth of tuition/student fees over the last two decades. While I was there they even fabricated a retroactive fee increase for an already-past session. Clearly stupid, dishonest, and illegal. Five years and a class action lawsuit later they sent me a check but no apology for the crime. The morons who concocted and approved this abusive waste of public resources sadly aren't rotting in jail.
I love Cal and have met some of the most talented and intelligent people while there. I've always felt like Cal really gave me a good foundation for my job.
It was a wonderful place to go to law school. Not only were you surrounded by some of the most brilliant minds in the country, but the school set out to create a cooperative environment in which to learn.
Good campus, centrally-located, options for pretty much any kind of interest. Expect to pay a lot for housing because the city government does everything they can to limit development.
Highly competitive, and incredibly rough to start out at. But pushed me to new heights of excellence, and the faculty (at least in the EPS department, but in most other departments as well) are very supportive. Both learning material, but also learning how to see deep into the crux of the question is emphasized through most classes.
UC Berkeley is a top class college in academics. Great name and well recognized at an international level. The big brand name recognition is worth the public school tuition if you are from california. My degree in Economics pushed me to a whole new level of performance due to the extreme competition. Very bright classmates, many foreign students, big challenge. The reward at the end of it is definitely worthwhile.