University of California, Berkeley (Cal)

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University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Berkeley Student Essentials

University of California, Berkeley Student Essentials Region: Setting: Type: Affiliation: Size: Mascot: Nicknames: Website: On-Campus Housing Available: Selectivity: In-State Tuition: Out-of-State Tuition: Retention Rate: Enrollment: Year Established:
Mid-size City Setting
Not applicable
Very Large (+10,000 Undergrad)
Golden Bears (Oski)
Cal, UC Berkeley, Berkeley
Most Selective
$ 12,874
$ 35,752

About Cal

The University of California at Berkeley is one of the state’s most prestigious universities, public or private, and is nationally recognized for its academic excellence and research achievements.

Located in the Bay Area, just across the bay from San Francisco, Berkeley offers some of the world’s most famous and brightest experts in their fields. Research is a core pillar on the campus, serving hundreds of disciplines.

Of 52 doctoral programs, 48 ranked in the top ten nationwide, including concentrations in Agriculture, Astrophysics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Political Science, just to name a few.

Bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees can be earned in a wide range of disciplines. With such a prestigious reputation, Berkeley is committed to staying true to its founding principals: to provide excellent academic opportunities to dedicated students. Many freshmen are first-generation college students in their families, and scholarships and federal grants are awarded to eligible students in need.

Student life dominates the Berkeley campus. With hundreds of student organizations, political activist clubs, intramural and intercollegiate athletic teams, vibrant campus activities, outdoor recreation, and residential life, students are surrounded by positive academic and recreational enrichment opportunities.

Student support programs are unparalleled at the Berkeley campus. Because faculty and staff are so committed to the academic excellence of every student, workshops, advising, counseling, health clinics, and so many more are always available.

The city of Berkeley provides a welcoming, progressive, college-town environment, where students feel safe to express themselves, explore their academic potential, and take advantage of the stellar resources provided by the University of California.

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Cal Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 24 Reviews

58% of students gave University of California, Berkeley 5 stars overall.

14 reviews 10 reviews 0 reviews 0 reviews 0 reviews

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Overall Rating

Overall I think Cal is great school. They have an amazing financial aid package and take care of their students. I am a student-parent and the school, as well as the professors, have been extremely supportive of my situation. Cal has a student parent center, which is amazing! I really enjoy the school and the students and professors are incredibly smart, which can be intimidating sometimes, but it is well worth it as they keep my drive to do well high. Cal will definitely change you and your perception of the world. The education department (I am a Education Minor) really breaks you down in order to build you back up and shape you in a liberal way. The only draw back is that the school is extremely liberal, and sometimes while things sound great in theory they might not work in practice. Many professors live in a state that is so disconnected from "real" people that they fail to take this into account. Any how, the school definitely trains its students to be critical thinkers and to think brilliantly. It is also very diverse and open.

Student at This School - Grad Year 2012

Overall Rating

I like that the environment here is very different from where I'm from. Where I'm from most of my friends have similar backgrounds to me and grew up the same way I did. At Berkeley, I get to meet people from different backgrounds and learn their life story and it makes me appreciate how much I have.

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Cal Map & Location

University of California, Berkeley

200 California Hall

Berkeley, CA 94720

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Getting Around Cal


Excellent walkability. You do not need a car for this area.

10/10 walk


Good transit. This area has adequate public transportation.

8/10 rail


Seasonal average temperatures for Berkeley, CA

Winter Dec 59 43 Jan 58 42 Feb 62 44 Spring Mar 64 46 Apr 67 47 May 70 49 Summer Jun 73 52 Jul 74 53 Aug 74 54 Fall Sep 75 53 Oct 73 52 Nov 65 47

Cal Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students Freshman Class Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students)

Ethnic Diversity:

  • Latino: 14%
  • African American: 3%
  • Caucasian: 33%
  • Asian: 40%
  • Unknown and Other: 9%
]]> Latino African American Caucasian Asian Unknown and Other
Undergraduate 73% Graduate 27% Full-Time 100% Part-Time 0% Women 53% Men 47% International 9% Domestic 91%

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