University of California - Berkeley Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (56)
UC Berkeley is truly a remarkable institution teeming with innovation, great resources, and the right mix of crazy that truly inspires and provides scholars with the resources and training needed to be leaders in this world. With its reputation of continuously being a worldly institution, while boasting a year after year declaration of being the #1 public institution around the world, it is no surprise Cal has been on the forefront of progress; whether it is helping find a handful of elements on the periodic table (i.e. Berkelium, Lawrencium) to leading the Manhattan Project to being associated with a multitude of award recipients, Cal is one remarkable and one of a kind place to get an education. Not only is Cal amazing, but the College of Natural Resources (CNR) provides students with that small college feel on a large campus. The Molecular Environmental Biology (MEB) degree program is the perfect major to be a part of. It is the right major for anyone looking to explore the possibilities biology has to offer, from deciding whether to purse healthcare to being a bioethicist, CNR's MEB degree program is perfect for any scholar exploring the science of life. It is with great honor that I received my B.S. from Cal. It has truly inspired me to be a person that wants to make a positive impact in this world and has equipped me with all that it could have to truly prosper in my life. Cal will truly challenge you, not for a sadistic pleasure, but will challenge you mentally, emotionally, and on deeper levels to really make sure it mints a remarkable individual that will later be on the forefront of innovation.
UCB was an excellent place to go to school. It's very rigorous, but if you study hard, create a healthy school-life balance, and chill out, you will be all good. There are may clubs, organizations, and cultural communities for you to find your niche/group since the campus is huge! The grade you earn is the one you get. No grade inflation here! Overall Berkeley gave me a solid college experience (football games, bay area, clubs, rigor, excellent school). Also, you must be a go-getter here. Nothing will be handed to you. You will come out strong! GO BEARS!!
Great school! UC Berkeley provides excellent courses with knowledgeable faculty. The academic and often competitive atmosphere among students in many ways encourages intellectual growth. I would certainly recommend the school to any student choosing between universities.
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.