University of California - Berkeley Reviews

4.09 out of 5 stars
(73 Reviews)
  • Berkeley (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $43,176
94% of 73 students said this degree improved their career prospects
93% of 73 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars
N - 9/29/2019
Degree: Conflict Resolution
Graduation Year: 2018
"Berkeley was an amazing place! There truly is something for everyone there. I greatly enjoyed all of my social sciences courses and also found it interesting to take breadth courses outside of my specific area of interest. I would highly recommend taking decal courses which are taught by students and give you a fun and interesting opportunity to learn something new!"
4.3 out of 5 stars
Kiran Sahota - 8/5/2019
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2019
"Every newbie, whether freshmen or transfer, has encountered the many odd or befuddling Berkeley experiences. Like for starters, youre not allowed to question how stepping on the Memorial Glade seal can result in a cursed GPA; or how rolling down 4.0 hill can save you. I mean the joy of Berkeley time (every course starts 10 minutes late) can get trumped if you have a class at Dwinelle Hallwhich is infamously known for being a maze with concrete walls and a roof. The many quirks and myths of Berkeley naturally blend in to this place that so easily feels like home. The English department serves one of the top English programs in the world. The reason why is easily understood the second one walks into their first class and encounters a professor whose topic is not only highlighted by the course title, but by the way they are so impassioned and informed on the subject. These professors are truly some of the greatest minds in the world. They have written multiple books and continue to conduct research while utilizing student's input on their next project. Most often then not, you will find yourself reading a text where the author is right in front of you. World renowned authors such as Joyce Carol Oates, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Robert Hass are visiting lecturers every other semester and the department is always throwing events (readings, poetry slams, faculty panels, etc.) for students to attend. In attending this program, students definitely learn to be more confident in their ability to read, analyze, and argue on any subject matter. But most importantly, they learn to be more confident in being an English student, graduating as one, and finding a career where their skills come in to play."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Anna Najor - 7/4/2019
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2016
"My experience at UC Berkeley was exceptional. I had access to friendly and enthusiastic professors who taught material that they were leading experts in. Thus, the education not only is exceptional in the competencies around learning about certain subject matter, but there is added knowledge imparted on the cutting edge and future directions of the field. Professors were very accessible during their office hours and for making private appointments to talk about research opportunities and discuss class topics in more detail. The campus facilities are like none I've ever seen. There were at least a dozen libraries to choose from, all of which were constantly clean. I found the campus to be very safe as well. Additionally, there are dozens of student groups to get involved and make friends through. I highly recommend this institution to anyone applying for undergraduate education."
3.3 out of 5 stars
Victoria - 7/1/2019
Degree:
Graduation Year: 2019
"The competitive nature makes it hard to thrive, but once you find your community it becomes more bearable. Initially, I struggled as I felt out of place and questioned my sense of belonging as the people who surrounded me did not look or sound like me. I have my fair share of supportive and unsupportive teacher. I spent a lot of my time at Cal navigating by myself."
3.0 out of 5 stars
Golden Bear - 6/29/2019
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2015
"Pros:-Berkeley's reputation in nearly all fields carries significant weight in the greater community - I definitely think Cal's "name brand" has an advantage when looking for full-time internship and job opportunities post-graduation.-Your classmates are incredible - at Berkeley I met people who were passionate about every possible topic under the sun and excelled in niche fields I had never even heard of coming out of high school. I would say I learned more from my diverse, inspiring peers than I did from my professors.-Berkeley is a great place to live as a college student - food is affordable and cuisines available are diverse, there are lots of things to do on weekends, and SF is just a 20 minute BART ride away. Overall, the Cal campus also works hard to always have a lot of events available for students to attend, catering to a wide array of interests - you can definitely explore something outside your comfort zone!Cons:-Class sizes are massive, which makes it very challenging to get to know your Professors. If you don't excel in large, impersonal learning environments, Berkeley is not for you.-There is very little support for students - be it academic or mental health related. All the resources a student might need do exist at Berkeley, but it is up to you as a student to go out an scour the campus for them yourself. Need tutoring? Need advice on what classes to take next semester? Not sure what requirements you need to take? There is no "hand-holding" advising support staff at Cal - if you need something, you will have to go out and find it yourself by talking to other students and exploring the campus, which often can be exhausting and unfruitful.-It is challenging, as a pre-med student, to get the required classes you need in order to graduate within 4 years, unless you plan things out meticulously. Students like to say you can "change majors several times" which might be true, but if you do, it is very doubtful you can graduate on time.Overall, there's no denying that Berkeley is a world-class institution. However, there are many administrative gaps which leave students feeling unsupported academically."
3.7 out of 5 stars
Ja l - 6/29/2019
Degree:
Graduation Year: 2016
"I attended a California community college before transferring to UC Berkeley. My experience at both of these institutions was generally very positive and I learned a lot in these two environments. I appreciated the small class sizes and access to the professors while attending community college. I would often spend time in office hours, clarifying parts of the lecture, getting help with assignments, and just getting to know the lecturers more. The coursework at community college wasnt as rigorous as UC Berkeley and as a result, when I transferred, I remember initially feeling very intimidated. Taking classes with 200 students in huge lecture halls, going entire semesters without having ever spoken to the professor required an adjustment on my end. Additionally, since UC Berkley is a research institution, I took classes from researchers and it was sometimes apparent that teaching was not their main focus or passion. However, most of my professors taught great lectures and I learned a great deal with the support from highly competent graduate student instructors. I had access to incredible resources, the most recent research, and I was able to meet many motivated people in my discipline. The classes pushed me and as a result, my critical thinking skills further developed and my writing skills improved as well. Some of the classes I took required a volunteering component and now I work at a school that I initially volunteered at through a Berkeley course. In addition, the campus is truly gorgeous. I still take walks through campus and up to the Big C."
4.4 out of 5 stars
Sandra - 6/25/2019
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2017
"UC Berkeley is an amazing campus with endless opportunities; the biggest challenge is going out and finding them! Given the large student body, it is up to the student to create meaningful experiences for him or herself by joining campus organizations, attending office hours, and forming study groups. The classes are definitely challenging and the environment is competitive, but you just have to keep getting up every time you are knocked down."
3.9 out of 5 stars
Jairo Dominguez - 5/23/2019
Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2017
"The University of California, Berkeley will always have a special place in my heart. It is an experience that I will never really get anywhere else. I may go to more schools for graduate study and beyond but the undergraduate experience will stand out to me. It was the first time I have been away from my family for an extended amount of time. It was the first time that I lived with other people and alone. It was the first time that I had to make sure my home was well-kept. During those four years I believe I came out a different person than when I first set foot on campus. Meeting people of so many different backgrounds and experiences opened my eyes to the big world we live in. This is an area Berkeley excelled at because it is one of the most recognized universities in the world. The opportunities available to Berkeley students always amazed me. There were always plenty of career or academic opportunities. Additionally, there are tons of clubs and organizations that students could join. For the first time in my life I learned how to dance Salsa and be a part of group of people living in a house and making sure we sustained ourselves. Berkeley also gave me the opportunity to travel to Paris, something I had always dreamed of. I studied political science and I will always remember the stimulating discussions we had in class. The professors were all great and made me see new ways of looking at the world. What astounded me more were the students that shared my classes. In almost every class session, there would always be students who asked questions that assured me that only the best and brightest attended Berkeley. For those choosing to study political science, Berkeley has five different focuses: American Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, and Empirical Theory and Quantitative Methods. One can choose any of these areas to focus in. The political science program also offers a chance for students to intern in Washington D.C. for the summer. I personally did not get a chance to intern in D.C. but I only heard great reviews from those who did go. Berkeley is a great school and a great choice for those who are lucky to get in. It is a challenging school too however, and one must always be focused on academics here. Also, seeing as it is a huge public school with many students, one must do their best to navigate and make sure they are on the right track to succeed. I believe that if you can succeed here, you can succeed anywhere."
4.4 out of 5 stars
Kelly Musca - 5/9/2019
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2013
"The Media Studies program at University of California Berkeley is comprehensive and expansive. There is a real emphasis on the history of media and how media progressed and shifted through different decades. There are no courses in this program that really address current media workings, like the evolvement of tech companies or how to best use social media at a company. This is because there is no data or research on such current media. I really appreciated the dedication and approachability of the department head. She is a phenomenal advisor and advocate for students; she will give honest feedback and express her true opinion."
4.0 out of 5 stars
CalBear - 4/30/2019
Degree: Economics
Graduation Year: 2017
"When attending UC Berkeley, I didn't realize the caliber of the school's reputation or the academics. After I left Berkeley, it was evident the impact that being a Berkeley student has, especially while studying abroad. Besides the reputation, as a research and academic focused institution, the professors at Berkeley are all knowledgeable and passionate. There are many aspects of Berkeley that I did not enjoy difficulty in getting classes that I wanted, lack of support by school administration as a whole being a public school, difficulty in finding jobs/internships through alumni or school connections, competitiveness , overall, it was a great experience and a fantastic school."
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