University of California - Berkeley Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (52)
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.
I attended UC Berkeley for the last two years of my bachelors degree. At first, I was hesitant to attend this school and I was worried that I would not be able to keep up with others, and would become limited in other dimensions of my life, to an unhealthy balance point. However, now I believe going to this school was the best decision I made in my life. Attending this campus opened my eyes to many dimensions of life, society and the world that I was not aware of before. I came into contact with a very diverse group of amazing, smart, ans motivated group of people. This also motivated me to pursue growth. It not only did not limit me, but also introduced me to groups that would guide me to become better, and strive for more.
Amazing school with unlimited educational opportunities in a wide array of disciplines. Faculty are top notch and experts in their field. If you are interested in research, this is the school to go to. The Integrative Biology Program is phenomenal with a breath of courses to suit every students interest.
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 a fantastic school with more resources than most universities in the world. It behooves you to take advantage of these resources while you attend and not let them go unused. Talk to professors and other students about topics that are not directly related to coursework, for example, there is more to learn than what appears in the lectures. The classes can be challenging and other students can be competitive, but at the end of the day, it will force you to learn and become a better student, and you should embrace these qualities. One of the greatest parts about UC Berkeley is the ability to create your own interdisciplinary major. This can be done by simply taking the classes you are interested in (as well as the requirements) and then in your senior year working with a counselor to create a unique major that is based on your classes. This gives you more freedom than participating in a pre-built major, and so you can take classes you might not be otherwise able. Make sure you participate in clubs and extracurricular, as you do not want to miss out on making interesting Berkeley friends. The location is great, the reputation is stellar, and the work is very high level. If you can hustle, this school is for you.
The Art History department at the University of California Berkeley is one of the top programs in the country, for good reason. The professors that teach in the program are the ones who wrote the texts and articles being taught all over the country. Because of this, you are receiving instruction from some of the most knowledgeable and diverse experts in the field. It is also a small department, so the class sizes are usually smaller than average and most of the professors are happy to meet with students.
UC Berkeley is a world-renowned institution, and when you tell people you went to Berkeley, heads will turn. If I could go back and do one thing differently, it would be to get involved in research earlier. Groundbreaking research is always taking place, and as an undergraduate at Berkeley you have the rare opportunity to learn from leaders in the field about their discipline. I graduated from the department of Integrative Biology. I'm currently pursuing a PhD in Hydrology, but if I continued down a path of Biology, my background from Berkeley would have prepared me very well. The student life on campus is diverse, teeming with life and opportunities, and simply one of the finest experiences I've ever had. I highly recommend looking into the Berkeley Student Cooperatives as a place to live during your stay at Berkeley. It's affordable, unique and filled with UCB students from all colleges. What brings them together is a mutual desire to live cooperatively, and through the Berkeley student coops, I met some of my best friends.
The educational experience that I had at the University of California, Berkeley was excellent. From the academic rigor and wide selection of courses to the diversity of the students and opportunities in international education, the student experience at UC Berkeley is world class in its ability to craft an education which prepares students for ever-changing demands in the workplace coupled with cultural sensitivities and knowledge which are invaluable in our globalized economy. As a transfer student to UC Berkeley, I could continue pursuing my Bachelors degree in Sociology, but I never expected the amount of flexibility and opportunities available to students at this university to develop an academic plan which truly accommodates the diverse proclivities and interests of students in and out of the classroom. For example, I took Swedish language courses along with my regular major courses. As my language skills developed, I had the opportunity to study abroad and make use of the language skills during my semester abroad while also developing interests in urban planning in Scandinavia. After my experience abroad, my remaining semesters at UC Berkeley centered around courses in Sociology, Swedish language, and Urban Planning which ultimately culminated in a senior paper analyzing the social implications of housing policies in Sweden during the 1950s and 1960s. While I am still working towards an international career centered on working in Scandinavia, I am more than satisfied with Undergraduate Program at UC Berkeley. Based on the educational experience I had at UC Berkeley, I believe a Berkeley diploma represents a quality of education that rivals most elite private universities and embodies a level of scholarship and curiosity about the world required to be competitive in a 21st century economy.