Founded in 1868, the University of California at Berkeley is the flagship institution of the University of California System. It overlooks the San Francisco Bay and is known for its liberal student activism, most notably The Free Speech Movement student protest and Anti-Vietnam War Movement. Berkley is consistently ranked as a top-ten university in the world and the number one public university in the US by several publications, including Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings and Academic Rankings of World Universities.
The environment is incredibly welcoming and you'll always find a place to fit in. It's definitely challenging, but incredibly rewarding. Personally, I adore it.
Whitney from Berkeley, CA
UC Berkeley is big, and the number of people can be overwhelming, but there's something for everyone here. The location is great-- downtown Berkeley is just a short walk away, and San Francisco is accessible by bus. Although the classes can be difficult, there's plenty of support readily available, and you really do learn a lot.