University of California - Berkeley Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (53)
The University of California, Berkeley is not only an excellent institution but it is at the forefront of change on a local, national and international level. I am honored to be an alumnus!The school is tough and requires critical thinking but Cal prepares you for the real world.
Berkeley was an eye-opening and formative place for one's personal and professional development. As a public institution, it provided the socioeconomic diversity that enabled contrasting ideas and opinions to flourish. As a preeminent research university with an large student population, there is something for everyone be it academic programs, student events, or just social networks. From a pure value perspective, especially if one is a California resident, the career opportunities given the cost of "admission" is one of the most distinguishing qualities. I simply hope that alumni can give back to enable the next generation of students to achieve an affordable, top-tier university experience.
Practice of Art program is best for transfer students who studied art in community college and who already have a solid foundation in their medium of practice. Program was best at exposing students to non-traditional contemporary art and expanding their art practice. However, the program does not offer technical teachings. Professors are always willing to help but sometimes are too busy or not available. But since I've graduated, the program has changed a lot, seemingly for the better.
UC Berkeley is a large institution filled with endless opportunities. Seek out courses and activities that interest you, but also expand beyond the boundaries that you have set for yourself. Some of the best learning experiences come from conversing and collaborating with people who are different and the students, staff and faculty at this school come from all walks of life. Take advantage of the campus and its beautiful surroundings.
UC Berkeley is a wonderful school. I would make a decision before going to college what major you want to pursue, and then check what classes you need to take ahead of time to graduate. I would choose a career based on what you would enjoy as a career and also what job opportunities are available.
A competitive but close-knit college. There are a lot of people, so you are sure to find a group that fits you as a person.
People warned me that Berkeley would be very competitive, but I didn't find that this was the case. My classes were challenging but never cutthroat, and people were willing to help each other in spite of the rumors I heard before attending. The courses were certainly difficult,but definitely manageable given reasonable time management skills. It definitely isn't a good place for procrastinators. Finally, while I generally liked the campus, some of the undergraduate buildings could have used some renovation.
Professional school with many opportunities to learn and network. Prepares students for a career
Berkeley is an amazing school with amazing people. There is so much to learn at this campus, and so many opportunities to grow. Berkeley will not hold your hand - you will need to figure it out on your own. But this experience will cause you to grow in ways you didn't know were possible. The people you meet will astound you. Go to this school, if you can. It is worth it. The Bay Area is an amazing place to live, too. If you have never been, it's worth checking out.
Cal has a first-rate reputation, great diversity, and some of the most talented students and faculty one could find at a university. Unparalleled experience.