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The University of California - Berkeley

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityC+ Faculty AccessibilityF
Useful SchoolworkB Excess CompetitionC-
Academic SuccessB- Creativity/ InnovationC
Individual ValueF University Resource UseB
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyB- FriendlinessD
Campus MaintenanceC+ Social LifeF
Surrounding CityF Extra CurricularsF
Describes the student body as:
Arrogant, Snooty, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful, Condescending, Unhelpful, Self Absorbed

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Date: Sep 11 2005
Major: Political Science (This Major's Salary over time)
I chose Berkeley over Stanford and UCLA. Dumbest decision of my life- and unlike most of the other bad decisions in my life, I was completely sober when I made this one.

Hmm- campus safety- there is nothing quite like the incessant harrassment from all the nutjobs the City Council allows to roam loose on the street (hey, when you have to pass resolutions condemning U.S. military action, it doesn't leave much time for solving your own problems). If you think that they don't hurt anyone, you are wrong. One of these transients was involved in the murder of my friend in a Berkeley parking garage. The streets around campus could be confused with a port-a-pody. Nothing like the smell of urine in the morning.

As far as the political science major goes, undergraduates are a mere blip on the department's radar screen. You need a thesis to graduate with honors. I had a professor commit and then renege on this commitment. All the other professors in this subject area claimed that they were overburdened with Ph.D. students. When I turned the department adviser to express my grievances, she shrugged her shoulders. Another friend of mine had a similar experience finding a thesis adviser. Somehow, I can't believe this was an indictment of my intelligence: I had a 4.0 in the major.

The curriculum itself was pathetically Berkeleyesque-this means that there is an absence of ideological diversity. Dependency theory, despite its almost universal repudiation, was still widely taught as incontrovertible fact. Hayek and Mill were never discussed. The lack of ideological diversity among the student body further hampers discussion. Few students have any familiarity with world events and political theory to contribute anything outside of the typical platitudes. Prof. A. James Gregor was the lone expcetion to this rule.

The large class sizes also mean that it is rare to have a professor actually evaluate your work. I found this to be a great disadvantage in graduate school programs.

The poli sci faculty has deteriorated significantly in the past few years. The department's luminaries such as Haas, Jowitt, Breslauer, and Janos are all gone or soon to depart. The bench is thin.

I viewed the graduate school admissions process as a referendum on the value of my degree. Based on my raw numbers, I was completely unimpressed with the results. Berkeley really didn't open many more doors than San Diego State.

However, Berkeley did teach me one very important lesson in life: if you have alienated the majority in Berkeley, you are doing something right. I dream of doing something in my life that causes thousands of Berkeleyites to hang me in effigy.

Even if you are liberal, this is the wrong place for anyone who loves ideas. The political correctness is stifling enough that I can identify too well with many South Park episodes. As someone who loves ideas, I was sorely disappointed with my experience.

responseGood job. Unlike you I have thoroughly enjoyed my college experience in UC Berkeley, but I too have found the political views to be very stifling. Even liberal "minorities" like me need to draw the line when they try to brainwash us with political sensitivity and anti-white doctrines that were probably designed to counteract historical white supremacy but are now extremely over the top. Skeptics like you and me do the world good.
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