University of California - Berkeley Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (48)
College of Letters and Science/ Media Studies (Major,) Journalism (Minor.) The media studies program at UC Berkeley is an interdisciplinary program. Thus, the program offers the flexibility and opportunity for students to explore in as many areas of interest as possible . While studying Media Studies, I was able to take classes from many different departments, from public policy, to film.
UC Berkeley is hands down the most diverse, open-minded, and cognitively stimulating institution I have ever had the opportunity to be a part of. Every course more interesting than the one before, and each professor more passionate and knowledgable than the next. It broadens your horizon in every part of your life. It is also the most accepting and nurturing community; everyone has a place in Berkeley.
UC Berkeley is truly a remarkable institution teeming with innovation, great resources, and the right mix of crazy that truly inspires and provides scholars with the resources and training needed to be leaders in this world. With its reputation of continuously being a worldly institution, while boasting a year after year declaration of being the #1 public institution around the world, it is no surprise Cal has been on the forefront of progress; whether it is helping find a handful of elements on the periodic table (i.e. Berkelium, Lawrencium) to leading the Manhattan Project to being associated with a multitude of award recipients, Cal is one remarkable and one of a kind place to get an education. Not only is Cal amazing, but the College of Natural Resources (CNR) provides students with that small college feel on a large campus. The Molecular Environmental Biology (MEB) degree program is the perfect major to be a part of. It is the right major for anyone looking to explore the possibilities biology has to offer, from deciding whether to purse healthcare to being a bioethicist, CNR's MEB degree program is perfect for any scholar exploring the science of life. It is with great honor that I received my B.S. from Cal. It has truly inspired me to be a person that wants to make a positive impact in this world and has equipped me with all that it could have to truly prosper in my life. Cal will truly challenge you, not for a sadistic pleasure, but will challenge you mentally, emotionally, and on deeper levels to really make sure it mints a remarkable individual that will later be on the forefront of innovation.
UCB was an excellent place to go to school. It's very rigorous, but if you study hard, create a healthy school-life balance, and chill out, you will be all good. There are may clubs, organizations, and cultural communities for you to find your niche/group since the campus is huge! The grade you earn is the one you get. No grade inflation here! Overall Berkeley gave me a solid college experience (football games, bay area, clubs, rigor, excellent school). Also, you must be a go-getter here. Nothing will be handed to you. You will come out strong! GO BEARS!!
Great school! UC Berkeley provides excellent courses with knowledgeable faculty. The academic and often competitive atmosphere among students in many ways encourages intellectual growth. I would certainly recommend the school to any student choosing between universities.
The University of California, Berkeley is not only an excellent institution but it is at the forefront of change on a local, national and international level. I am honored to be an alumnus!The school is tough and requires critical thinking but Cal prepares you for the real world.
Berkeley was an eye-opening and formative place for one's personal and professional development. As a public institution, it provided the socioeconomic diversity that enabled contrasting ideas and opinions to flourish. As a preeminent research university with an large student population, there is something for everyone be it academic programs, student events, or just social networks. From a pure value perspective, especially if one is a California resident, the career opportunities given the cost of "admission" is one of the most distinguishing qualities. I simply hope that alumni can give back to enable the next generation of students to achieve an affordable, top-tier university experience.
People warned me that Berkeley would be very competitive, but I didn't find that this was the case. My classes were challenging but never cutthroat, and people were willing to help each other in spite of the rumors I heard before attending. The courses were certainly difficult,but definitely manageable given reasonable time management skills. It definitely isn't a good place for procrastinators. Finally, while I generally liked the campus, some of the undergraduate buildings could have used some renovation.
Berkeley is an amazing school with amazing people. There is so much to learn at this campus, and so many opportunities to grow. Berkeley will not hold your hand - you will need to figure it out on your own. But this experience will cause you to grow in ways you didn't know were possible. The people you meet will astound you. Go to this school, if you can. It is worth it. The Bay Area is an amazing place to live, too. If you have never been, it's worth checking out.
Cal has a first-rate reputation, great diversity, and some of the most talented students and faculty one could find at a university. Unparalleled experience.