think Berkeley is academically the best school in the nation.
We have the most departments in the top 10
of any school in the country, our academic reputation is
only behind Harvard, Princeton, and Yale, we lead in the
nation in the percentage of students that were in the
top 10% of their high school class (99%), our faculty
is second to none, we've had 18 Nobel prize winners,
etc etc. I've often heard that Berkeley is also
the hardest university (I've heard some private liberal arts schools
beat us by a small amount) to get an A
in. The average GPA here is 2.8, as opposed
to Stanford, where the average is 3.6, and Harvard, where
91% of students graduate with honors. My major, Political
Economy of Industrial Socieites, is awesome. It's a combination
of political science, economics, and international relations. Our political
science department is second in the country to Harvard and
our economics department is the best in the country.
campus is also very beautiful. Once you step 100
feet inside it you'd never guess you're in the middle
of the super-metropolitan Bay Area. There's a mini-forest, a
creek running through it, trees galore, open grassy areas, and
wonderful architecture. The only thing is that they seem
to constantly be building new stuff and renovating old stuff.
Just off campus, Berkeley was ranked the 5th best
college town in the country. The vast, vast majority
of students live within a 15 or at most 20
minute walk to campus, there are lots of restaurants (some
nice and cheap, others are expensive and awesome, like Che
Panisse, the top-rated restaurant in the country), five excellent bars
within a 5 minute walk of each other, and all
the frats and sororities live in the same few block
Getting involved on campus is as easy as walking
through Sproul Plaza. Groups table and hand out flyers
there every day of the week. Just sign up
and you're in. Or you can easily check online
for anything you're interested in. If you don't find
anything you like, just start your own group; you only
need four people to do so.
If you're a girl,
go here. There's no better place for you in
the country. The academics rule, campus is great, surrounding
area is bustling and full of things to do, getting
involved is easy, and the social life (for you) will
be excellent. I've heard that Cal guys are ranked
in the top 50 for being hot and stuff, and
that a few years ago we were in the top
10. Plus we're obviously smart and stuff. Your
main advantage as a girl is the fact that there
are NO HOT GIRLS AT BERKELEY AT ALL!
This fact totally, totally sucks. It's the only reason
no guy should go here. Come to think of
it, maybe that's why the schools is like 55% female.
They know they have a huge advantage. If
there are 20 girls at a given party, I guarantee
that 10 of them will be ugly. Not even
average; ugly. Another 5 would be considered average in
the real world, 3 would be in the ok to
cute range, and the rest (that is, 2) would rank
7.5s to 10s in the real world. Wait, what
am I thinking; PERFECT 10s DO NOT EXIST HERE.
In fact in Berkeley there is a special scale for
rating women, known as Berkeley vision or Berkeley goggles.
Basically what you do is take the whole regular 1-10
scale and move it up 2 notches. Basically you
have to be the ugliest girl in the world to
rate a 1 here. Someone who is normally a
4.5 in the real world is a 6.5 here; not
bad. If you rate a 7 in the real
world, get ready for heaven. You'll be a 9
here, aka a walking goddess. Guys will fawn over
you like there's no tomorrow. And if you rate
a 9 or (gasp) 10, you will have a trail
of 26 guys following you around by the time you
drop your bags in your dorm on move in day.
Even most of the soroties are not hot.
I'd say two are hot, another two are cute, another
five are ehh, and the rest are ugly. This
is out of 11 sororities. The girls in the
hottest sorority are basically the queens of berkeley. Everyone
here is smart, so they are smart too. Most
people here are nice, and they are no exception (for
the most part). However most people here are not
attractive. They are. If they ever break up
with a boyfriend, they could have one within the hour
if they so desired. If you're an average looking
girl, it'll be a similar thing although perhaps not as
drastic. You'll get another guy before the week is
out, should you so desire.
Here's another interesting thing, known
as the Berkeley 6 and 10. After a 6
pack, she's a Berkeley 10.
Now I'm not
saying Berkeley doesn't rule. I'm very glad I went
here and I wouldn't go anywhere else, even knowing what
I now know. If a school rules on everything
but one aspect, I'd recommend still going there. At
the same time, it might be wise to consider going
to a school with maybe just a little less excellent
reputation but with much hotter girls. UCLA, for example.
Not quite as good as Berkeley, but beats the
pants off us in ridiculous fashion in the girl factor.
Same with USC, UCSB, hell even Harvard and Princeton.
Unfortunately Stanford suffers the same problem we do, as
do (reportedly from friends I know) Yale, uhhh, uhhh...
Can't think of anymore, cause BERKELEY GIRLS ARE THE WORST.
It's true, it's terrible to be so beauty oriented
in my judgement of the girls here. They are
almost all very nice, smart, many are funny to talk
with. But with so many girls like that, and
so few with good looks, sorry if I focus my
attention on finding a hot girl. I'm from southern
California, in a small town near LA. This town
has a junior college. This junior college was called,
by Playboy Magazine, the second best place in the nation
to pick up hot chicks. I grew up there,
thinking such girls were the norm (and nothing on tv
or movies to change my mind). But oh no
my friend. It doesn't make much sense to me
that UCLA girls are so hot when they're of similar
intelligence. Ahh such is life.
4th in academic reputation
1st in percentage of students that were in the
top 10 percent of their high school class
1st in the nation in number of departments in the
5th in the nation in ranking
of best college towns
1st in the nation
in political activism
300th in the nation
on a survey of 300 schools on the attractiveness of
girls (this is, I'm sorry to say, not a joke)