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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. Put University of California, Berkeley on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Berkeley trip itinerary maker.
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  • First, as my authority for this review, I'm a professor who teaches the history of campus planning in America. For TripAdvisor purposes, why you are visiting matters a great deal. If you're just in to...  more »
  • I had never been to Berkley and was staying in SF. I took uber from downtown (about $20) and walked about 7 miles through downtown and the university. It was really beautiful and great to see the ambi...  more »
  • Lots of trees and pretty chill. Tons of shopping and places to eat food in the area which is pretty cool.  more »
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  • Although known to be very political and very liberal, and portrayed as a left-extremist by the media, UC Berkeley is the heart for free speech movement and is very proud of its stance. Academically, the school is obviously one of the best schools in the world, especially for Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) department. You'll be surrounded by the most brilliant minds and face yourself constantly pushing yourself to the limits. It is a school where even being average is so hard to achieve because everyone is so smart and competitive. Computer Science '17.
  • The vast majority of the negative reviews are from those who have not actually experienced life on the campus. Indeed, Berkeley is not a perfect university. Particularly in light of recent events, it is easy to associate Berkeley with anarchy and violence. But a few ugly events cannot be used to generalize the college, especially since the violence that occurred during the riots was not perpetrated by Cal students or faculty. Based on my ACTUAL experience, I find the campus to be extraordinarily diverse and open. The academics here are among the best in the world, and the environment itself was, in my opinion, very appealing. No university is perfect, and Cal is no exception. But by looking beyond the prejudice and misconceptions, one can see that Berkeley truly is a fantastic university filled with brilliant individuals.
  • The ones giving this school a 1 star rating have never stepped a foot on campus or been inside of this, or any university for that matter and maybe have a high school diploma at best. It's a hard university to get into and renown institution through out America. College is an awesome experience, you crazy little Trump lovers should try it!
  • If you like being shielded from any views that are different from yours, this place will be fantastic for you! Want extra credit? Just go beat the piss out of a Trump supporter because its okay, or any white guy really cause they're all obviously racist.
  • My name is Kenneth Thomas and this is my review! I love learning, and this is a college where folks do that. It's gotta be awesome, right?! Looking forward to learning!!