College Visits

The University of California at Berkley College Review

Written by Maggie Hatt

University of California- Berkeley

Location: Berkeley, California

Enrollment: 40,173 (2016)

Acceptance Rate: 17.5%

SAT/ACT: 1940-2300/30-34 (score ranges for the middle 50% of freshmen accepted)

Tuition: $8,243.25 (in-state) / $21,584.25 (out-of-state) *Both are estimated costs per semester

Athletics: Division I

Mascot: Cal Bears

Colors: Berkeley Blue and California Gold

Visiting Berkeley was like being transported into an entirely different world- the campus itself is huge, sprawling over the hillside just across the bay from San Francisco. While on the tour of UC Berkeley, I learned that when applying to Cal you apply to one of the four undergraduate schools, rather than the school as a whole. While this seems limiting, students are also given the freedom to take classes outside of their main field of study in whatever areas they may be interested in that aren’t necessarily crucial in their major. The fact that the school is so big also means that there are tons of extracurricular activities to take part in, and allows one to pursue new activities that might not be available elsewhere. Cal has 27 libraries on campus- the largest of which is located underground. Cal is a public research university- which I wasn’t sure I’d like- but I learned that they have some of the most exciting opportunities for undergraduate students to get involved with professor’s research and use their new labs located in the stadium on campus. Overall, Berkeley was a great school with lots of diverse campus activity (and students) and would be well suited for someone who loves to be involved in their learning and participate in community activities.



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