University of California - Berkeley Reviews
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UC Berkeley is a very unique university. Overall, I had a great experience for a top-notch college, where I had the opportunity to learn from brilliant industry expert professors, meet and make friends with individuals of all walks of life, and get to know myself better. It is easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of such as large school, coupled with the extremely difficult curriculum, but pushing through this definitely made me a stronger person and taught me how to think differently and consider the bigger picture. There are classes for everyone; if there is something you want to learn about, Berkeley will have it.
If you think diversity is extended to thoughts, opinions, and any form of free thinking, this is not the school for you. You must conform to the group think or you will be punished in your GPA. I was essentially ostracized to the point of transferring to a school that actually believed in education over indoctrination, and business as a viable career path over state run markets. They will go the extra mile to get you financial aid, they love to accept money from anywhere.
While I attended the University of California-Berkeley, it lived up to its reputation of being one of the best schools in the world. The professors of the psychology department were well-known experts in their field. Since psychology is a popular major, some of the best classes are quite large, making it difficult to form personal relationships with the professors. However, students can meet with professors during their office hours, though getting access can be competitive. Other courses have 20-30 students enrolled, making it easier to stand out and get to know the professors. The psychology department has many opportunities for students to become involved in research. In only two years, I worked on six research projects. This can help students gain valuable hands-on research experience. To say the campus is beautiful is an understatement. Strawberry Creek runs through the campus, giving it a calm and earthy feel. You can sit under willow trees while listening to the creek, and take a nap. There are several libraries where students can study, all of which are quiet and study-friendly.
My experience at UC Berkeley was very rewarding to me socially and educationally. UC Berkeley is a large campus and the owness to shape your experiences and journey starts with the student. It may be difficult at first to navigate such a large place with over 30,000 students, but step one is to say yes! In your first few days on campus there will be plenty of networking and welcome events. It can be daunting to go somewhere that you don't know anyone but is was by far the most beneficial way for me to find my community. I was able to find people who shared the same major as me and study with them for our classes. I highly recommend using all the resources available to you. There are career counselors you can meet with to help you choose your classes for the year and map out your career. There are free tutors in the MLK building to help you with your papers and classes you are struggling with. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of using your resources and this will open up many doors. The difficult part is figuring out what resources you have available to you to begin with. Large classes are divided into two sections: Lecture and Discussion. This means that for every class you take, you will have two classes to attend. About 200 students will be in the lecture with you and the Discussion will be a deep dive into the content with a GSI. It is important to remember to build relationships with both the professor and your GSI as both will have a say into your final grade.
The Urban Studies program at UC Berkeley is one of the best in the country. The program is part of the College of Environmental Design (CED). Other majors that are also part of this college are architecture and landscape architecture. This progressive undergraduate degree focuses on both environmental and economic sustainability. Many urban studies students were initially planning on being architects. However, if you have an interest in politics, community development and/or social justice this program may be right for you. Urban Studies major cover a wide range of topics like transportation, policy, economic development, urban theory, etc. There are a few studios, but this major does not heavily focus on design. If you would like to focus more on design, architecture and landscape architecture may be choices. In the future, you could also pursue a masters in urban design. Best of luck!
I transferred to UC, Berkeley from Santa Barbara City College (voted the best city college in the nation in one poll). At SBCC I found a lively, encouraging atmosphere of students and professors working together and mutually stimulating each other. I was disappointed when I transferred to Berkeley to find a more competitive atmosphere, with students judging each other, trying to beat each other. Nevertheless, Berkeley introduced me to the world of academia, and took my educational pursuits to a new, higher level of organization and professionalism.
The Media Studies program at UC Berkeley is transformative. Those interested in further pursuing their passion in mass communication should look into this degree program. The faculty is outstanding and there are many interdisciplinary curriculums that allow for expanded skillsets and newfound knowledge. There are various extracurricular activities that are supplemental (and fun!) for the degree such as KALX Radio, The Daily Californian, and Business Careers in Entertainment Club, just to name a few. UC Berkeley's location is quintessential for those looking for internship opportunities around the bay area as well, particularly in San Francisco. Lastly, the diversity of the student population makes for an inclusive and immersive experience at the number one public university in the world!
The University of California, Berkeley is an incredibly rigorous, challenging, rewarding, and beautiful school to attend. I was so lucky to attend and obtain a degree in Film and Media with a minor in Education; I learned so much about not only those specific topics but about who I was as a person through general education classes, clubs, my a cappella group, my sorority, and by participating in the Jewish Community on campus (Hillel). I would recommend that anyone and everyone apply to UC Berkeley (go bears)!
The University of California, Berkeley is renowned across the world as the best public university in the world for a reason. Although the curriculum is difficult and can be strenuous at times, the effort is well worth it. You gain perseverance, resilience, and a knowledge that is definitely worth the tuition.
I attended UC Berkeley Extension as an older student in career transition. At first I was intimidated by the cost of the classes but upon completion of my certification, I can confidently report that it was money well spent. Every instructor I had was either currently teaching or prominent in their field and highly motivated to instruct. Our materials were up-to-date (I still refer back to a few chapters and assignments I had!) and the content of the classes was engaging, group oriented when appropriate, and well paced. I didn't enter into the program to meet people but ending up making connections with other students, both personal and professional, that continue to be rewarding. When it came time to apply to graduate school, I felt prepared by my experience in two ways: 1) the academic study was very good and covered basic core requirements, and 2) even though this is a program geared to assist those looking to go back to school, there was time set aside to address how to break into the every level of the world of counseling both professionally and academically. I felt guided and supported through this process and opted to tap my instructors for letters of rec when I applied to grad school, which was very helpful as an older student because I had lost touch with my undergrad instructors. I have no doubt that my performance substantially upped the competitiveness of my application since I was accepted into two top-ten schools out of 4 applications. I highly recommend UC Berkeley extension overall as a wonderful place to learn about a variety of subjects and specifically for their certification in counseling and psychology program.