read some of the other comments people wrote and they
tended to be negative about the administration. To be honest,
I don't know what they expected coming to a such
a massive university. I've spent very little time dealing with
the administration here as I came in as a junior
transfer and pretty much figured it out on my own.
There are tons of resources available, however.
came in as a junior transfer I have taken only
upper division courses, for the most part. Overall, I'm pleased
with my decision to come to Berkeley. Academically it has
been very rewarding and challenging. I've had a few truly
amazing professors that challenged me in the way you would
expect a university with such a prestigious reputation to.
The social life and dating life here, however, SUCKS! There
are very few good looking people that come here. Prepare
to lower your standards of what you consider good-looking (The
phenomenon is known here as “Berkeley goggles”). Most people tend
to keep to themselves on campus, and coming in as
a transfer it can be somewhat isolating. There are clubs
and stuff that you can join but since I'm not
Asian there goes about 80% of the options. The football
games and close proximity to San Francisco are the only
good social perks about Berkeley. Around town there are only
a few bars and they can get really overcrowded and
gross. I've only gone to a couple frat parties which
were fine I guess, but I would only go if
you're under 21. I don't know why frat boys insist
on drinking their natty light at room temp.
itself is...depressing. Homeless people everywhere. Lots of robberies so it
is definitely not recommended to walk around alone at night.
If you like ethnic food and vegan food this city
will be great for you. I'm a pretty picky eater
and have not been too pleased with the food here.
On the other hand...this is BERKELEY. Anywhere you go
in the world people will recognize this place, and not
just because of the school. There is a lot of
history here and I think it is pretty cool to
say that I have lived here. Also, you definitely get
the experience of a small college town. It's mostly students
living in Berkeley and there is school pride everywhere. Football
game days are the most exciting days at Cal. Everyone
tailgates outside on the many streets surrounding the school and
stadium and then walk up to the game. I don't
think I would have gotten an experience like that at
other schools in California. Everything is very close together, meaning
driving here is not recommended. I have a car here
and it is expensive and a pain in the ass.
No parking, and parking is expensive when you can find
it. However, they do give you a free bus pass
with your student ID so most people here use the
very ample public transportation.
Overall, I would recommend coming
here. Further than that, I would recommend going to a
community college for your lower division work and then transfer
for upper division. For one, it's WAY cheaper and you're
taking essentially the same classes (except they'll be harder at
Cal), and also because it's easier to get in as
a transfer. Ha, I'm getting the same degree as you
but I spent way less and didn't have to deal
with the extremely stiff competition coming straight from high school!
If you live in California and you choose another
school over Berkeley, you are retarded. The only possible exception
would be UCLA, but I still think Berkeley has greater
national recognition and will probably help when looking for a
job. It is the best value: It's the highest rated
public school in the country with low tuition.