|Major: Economics (This Major's Salary over time)|
|Gender: Male||This person cares more about Excess Competition than the average student.|
Excess Competition C
|Describes the student body mostly as:|
Friendly, Arrogant, Approachable
Describes the faculty mostly as:
Educational Quality A
|How this student rated the school:|
|Educational Quality||A ||Faculty Accessibility||B |
|Useful Schoolwork||A- ||Excess Competition||C |
|Academic Success||B ||Creativity/Innovation||B+ |
|Individual Value||B ||University Resource Use||A |
|Campus Aesthetics/Beauty||A- ||Friendliness||B |
|Campus Maintenance||A- ||Social Life||B+ |
|Surrounding City||A ||Extra Curriculars||B |
to UC Berkeley for the top-notch academics. Everyone here
knows that Berkeley is ranked as the top public school
in the country, and we're all highly proud of it.
However, get ready to get your ass kicked in
academics. All the students here were top scholars in
high school, but unfortunately, most won't pull off the A's
that everyone is so used to getting in high school.
It makes perfect sense: Put 22,000 top students in
one school, and competition for good grades becomes very cut-throat.
And another thing: You may feel inferior if you
come to Berkeley to study something in the humanities or
social sciences. The engineering and business students are the
major big-shots on campus.
As for extracurriculars, I find them
plentiful. Berkeley is a very diverse and dynamic town.
Come here and you will find the prototypical college
town atmosphere. Definitely not a commuter school—most students live
in Berkeley and walk, bike, or take the bus to
campus. The fact that most students live so close
to each other makes it easy to form study groups
or have parties. And everyone gets around town without
a car—makes for a nice, intimate, “true” college town atmosphere.
Be sure to find one or two student groups
(including Greek) that you can get heavily involved with.
Otherwise, you'll just feel like one lonely person in a
sea of a large student population. Once dorm life
is over, the only way to make friends are through
clubs and activities (definitely not through classes). And another
thing: Contrary to overly popular opinion, the girls here are
cute and pretty. I think that people say the
opposite because they're so absorbed with studying that they don't
have time to get out and hook up with others.
They use the “Berkeley girls are ugly” statement as
And because I'm a huge sports fan, I
must comment on Cal athletics. Cal is pathetic in
the “money sports”. Football routinely has losing seasons, and
men's basketball hasn't been that competitive until recently. And
considering the number of students and alumni, attendance at the
games are meagher. Too many students enroll at Cal
and never attend or even watch on TV a game
in their four years. In fact, I know many
general sports fans on campus who don't even care about
Cal sports—hell, we're a major conference team! I just
wish that Cal had the same combination of academic and
athletic pride as some other prestigious public universities (e.g., Michigan
and North Carolina).