The flagship campus of the University of California school system with a "highly respectable name," UC Berkeley "has great faculty, great research, great classes, and everyone knows it." The school "really encourages us to go out and learn, both inside and outside the classroom," and there is a real com mitment to "a wellrounded, diverse education" that permeates the curricu lum. "Berkeley is defined by its open, liberal education and culture for inde pendent and collaborative thinking across all fields," sums up a senior molecular toxicology major.
Professors here are “fantastic,” “the best in their fields,” and each “offers a diverse perspective” toward the academic experience. There are some complaints that larger freshman courses can be “somewhat terrible” and “experience from professors can range widely” (though graduate student instructors “are very accessible and helpful”), but it is universally agreed that “after getting through lower division prerequisite classes, [the] academic experience has significantly improved.” All faculty “have full command of their subjects and are determined to find an answer to anything they don’t know, within their discipline.”
UC Berkeley is known for having “some of the best engineering programs across the board among colleges,” and it doesn’t hurt that the school’s Silicon Valley home is the “best location in the country for entrepreneurship and innovation.” “Top-notch” research abounds, and there are “plenty of opportunities for undergrads to engage in it.” “Berkeley will offer you all the opportunity you can handle, it’s up to you to take hold of I,” says a student.
Berkeley is "very hard so free time isn't like it is at other places," but an "amaz ing community" of student run organizations and "clubs, sports, student-run classes, seminars, [and] research opportunities" are among the "many different venues for people to find their passion." There's a lot to do off-campus in the downtown Berkeley area, and using the BART is "really convenient and time saving to go to San Francisco." On campus, there is everything "from frat houses to coffee shop discussions, hiking the fire trails to studying for finals." In those moments that studying abates (a particular rarity for engineers), a lot of students enjoy going to football games, restaurant hopping, or (especially during welcome week) party hopping. Many people here do like to party and drink, but "if that's not your style there are plenty of other to spend time with."
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