University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley

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One of the most prestigious universities in the world, University of California, Berkeley is known for its history of liberalism and activism. Members of the public are welcome to explore its campus and experience this major hub of learning and research. Enjoy the bustle of students and professors rushing to their classes in the striking Beaux Arts, Classical, and Collegiate Gothic buildings. The campus is home to a number of picturesque wooded areas, including incredibly old and grand trees. For more information about the university, take a walking tour led by a student ambassador. Reservations are required for tours. Work out when and for how long to visit University of California, Berkeley and other Berkeley attractions using our handy Berkeley trip planning tool.
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  • Send your kid here for college— They’ll get a good job when they graduate, they will learn to live in the real world of bureaucracy and mandatory diversity, they’ll enjoy stimulating multicultural...  more »
  • I've loved this campus since I first visited for football and basketball games against my alma mater, UCLA. And during my law school days across the bay, I'd escape to study at the Boalt library on...  more »
  • I wouldn’t mind the nasty comments that are clearly left by salty conservatives. The campus is beautiful. The academics/professors are some of the nations best. Enough said. Go bears!
  • School's reputation speaks for itself. It's a great undergraduate program, although known worldwide more for its graduate programs, many of which are top 5 in the world. There are so many undergraduates that it can sometimes feel impersonal, but joining on campus groups and making friends in the dorms can mitigate that. There's not much grade inflation like at the Ivy League schools, so if you do poorly in a course, you can easily get a D or F, whereas at Ivies the professors likely wouldn't give lower than a C-. Can be tough academically.
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