Founded in 1868, the University of California at Berkeley is the original member of UC System with a campus overlooking the San Francisco Bay. UC Berkeley is known for its liberal student activism, most notably The Free Speech Movement student protest and Anti-Vietnam War Movement. Offering 289 degree programs across 14 colleges and schools, the university also maintains a wide variety of resources, including the Regional Oral History Office, Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Environmental Design Archives, an Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, and much more.
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.