The University of California - Berkeley
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If you want something, make it happen. If you want to be social, go greek. If you want quiet life, live north of campus. If you want small classes, wait until upper division (true for any big public university). Berkeley won't hold your hand and I'm glad they don't. Plan your schedule intelligently, and use your phase I of Telebears (registration) very carefully.
Keep in mind that Berkeley is an urban setting, it's safe for the most part, but it's still urban. There are lots of homeless people living on telegraph and all around. There are lots of interesting hole-in-the-wall places to eat—explore. If you want a more "neighborhood" feeling, take BART out to pleasant hill or walnut creek. SF is also just a BART ride away.
Remember—Berkeley, like ANY college, will be what YOU make of it—and there are lots of opportunities at Berkeley to mold it to what you want.