University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley

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Educational Site · Tourist Spot
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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  • What a nice place to wander... rolling a bit of hillside wonderful buildings to look at and students excited to begin the new school year. If your visiting in the Berkeley area a nice place to hang.  more »
  • Easy option to park car and then hike in the campus up to the hills. We prefer to go when university is closed. It’s less crowded and easy to find a parking spots. Lots of eating options around the...  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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