University of California - Berkeley Reviews

  • 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

  • Reviewed: 4/29/2019
  • Degree: Religious Studies
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"Located north of Los Angeles and situated alongside California's luscious coastline, UCSB is extraordinary for its beauty and scenery. There is literally a beach connected to a school, where many students flock to catch some waves or sun, even to take a walk to get their mind off things. The academics are outstanding, with involved world-class faculty. These aren't merely professors who give a lecture and leave everything to their TAs. I was surprised to see how much they cared for their students, given their busy schedules. There is a also a vibrant student life! Plenty of activities and social clubs for students to be involved with. Anyone deciding to attend UCSB will surely not regret it."
  • Reviewed: 4/25/2019
  • Degree: English
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"Although extremely stressful, and highly competitive, that atmosphere at the University of California, Berkeley continues to be unparalleled for me. The courses are enriching, engaging, and unique. I took a wide array of topics, and each course provided me with knowledge and understanding through a different lens. The professors I had incredible lecturers and well versed in their course topic. The diversity, welcoming feeling and activism on campus were some of the best parts of UC Berkeley."
Amit Kapadia
  • Reviewed: 3/29/2019
  • Degree: Economics
  • Graduation Year: 2012
"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."
  • Reviewed: 10/12/2018
  • Degree: Business Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2010
"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."
E. L.
  • Reviewed: 8/26/2018
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"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."
  • Reviewed: 6/26/2018
  • Degree: Communications
  • Graduation Year: 2009
"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."
Abigail Munoz
  • Reviewed: 6/7/2018
  • Degree: Social Sciences
  • Graduation Year: 2013
"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!"
  • Reviewed: 5/30/2018
  • Degree: Philosophy
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
  • Reviewed: 12/29/2017
  • Degree: Communications
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"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!"
Danielle Bezalel
  • Reviewed: 10/24/2017
  • Degree: Film Production
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"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)!"