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based on 222 reviews
  • Karina from Los Angeles, CA

    Whatever you're into, you'll find it here. Cal has all sorts of sports to participate in: basketball, football, soccer, baseball, rugby, ultimate frisbee, and a bunch more. There are fraternities and sororities, religious groups, service clubs,… more read full review

    Whatever you're into, you'll find it here. Cal has all sorts of sports to participate in: basketball, football, soccer, baseball, rugby, ultimate frisbee, and a bunch more. There are fraternities and sororities, religious groups, service clubs, career clubs, and musical groups. I personally have been having a blast as a member of the Cal Band. If you'd rather be a spectator, you can listen to choirs, jazz and rock bands performing on Sproul any day of the week. Zellerbach Hall on campus has hosted world-renowned musicians and dance companies. And the bay area is home to loads of music and dance clubs. Don't forget to play tourist in San Francisco! read full review

  • Emily from San Diego, CA

    There are so many great things to know about Berkeley that you will experience on your own, but here is just a few things: - Your professors care about you. If you are unsure about things, be sure to go to their office hours and ask questions! You… more read full review

    There are so many great things to know about Berkeley that you will experience on your own, but here is just a few things: - Your professors care about you. If you are unsure about things, be sure to go to their office hours and ask questions! You will stand out AND know the material better. Also, your professors are usually bored out of their minds in office hours. They HAVE to be there and no one ever walks in for help. - Berkeley is its own culture so there are certain abbreviations and slang that you will discover around the school. Asian Ghetto, Gourmet Ghetto, CARS, and VLSB are just a few to name. But you will catch on fast so no worries there. - When going to student orientation, they will have you pick your first round of classes. At Berkeley, we call class-picking Telebears. You do everything on-line. There are 2 phases, Phase I and Phase II (simple). In each phase, you get an appointment time to pick your classes. Always make sure you know what classes you want to sign up for first because you are competing against other students to get into the good ones. REMEMBER TO PICK DISCUSSION SECTION TIMES TOO and factor them into your schedule. These are supplemental classes to lecture that you must attend and they are usually taught by graduate students. - Even if you are on a waiting list, you probably still have a pretty good chance of getting in (especially if its a class of 500 - 600 students) - Comegetused.com and Pickaprof.com will probably be your best friends when the new semester comes around. Many people don't know about them but they're very beneficial. Comegetused.com is only for Berkeley students and you can buy books from students who were in the same class in the past. You can usually save about 50% off of your books and the other student could probably make more than if they were selling their books back to the school. It will save a ton of money when you have books that cost over $100. Next is pickaprof.com. It's a lot like ratemyprofessor.com but this website gives grade distributions of the professor's class in the past. You can see which professors are the most difficult to pass and which classes turn out to be fun and easy. - Try the Berkeley food. I have a few favorites. La Burrita is usually open until 2 or 3 AM. Really helps with a Mexican food fix. I love the burritos and they are very affordable. Thai Noodle is delicious for Thai food. Thai Noodle II is on Telegraph. I go there so much that the waitresses know who I am. Cheeseboard and Gregoire's are both on North Side. Cheeseboard is ALWAYS busy because they make the best pizza and they only make one kind a day. Greogoire's makes these delicious appetizers called potato puffs. Those are just a few examples of places you MUST go! - Lastly, if you aren't living in the dorms your sophomore year, you have to start looking early in the Spring semester for a place that you want to be. Craiglist is probably the right place to start. Rent in Berkeley is not cheap so anything around $600-$700 a month is a pretty great price. So grab the friends you want to live with and start looking in end of March/early April! read full review

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University of California at Berkeley Scholarships

Merit Aid

Merit Scholarships Available Amount freshman returning transfer graduate
$10,000 Y N N N
$6,500 Y R Y N
- Y R Y N
$5,000 R R R
$1,500 - $2,000 Y R R N
$1,000
$32,000
$7,000 N N Y N