University of California - Berkeley Reviews
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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.
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.