University of California-Berkeley Visit Report by FindAPlace
Visit to University of California-Berkeley in April 2009 by FindAPlace(Parent of Student, HS Class of 2010)
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Information Session: No - They offered one but we couldn't attend since we had an afternoon campus tour across the bay with Stanford (and barely made it there on time.)
Campus Tour: No - Tour groups had around 50 people, since this was spring break and about 500 students and their families were scheduled to visit that day. Despite the crowds, they kept things moving and on schedule.
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Campus Visit Notes for University of California-Berkeley
The appearance of the campus is quite nice, with the grounds well maintained around the buildings. The architecture is varied, with the old and the new. It seems to work well together. Since the campus is built on a hillside, students will stay in shape going from dorms to classes to outside activities. There are several inviting expanses of open space that seem perfect for either studying or frisbee,
For a public institution, one can see why Berkeley claims bragging rights at the best public. They do attract Nobel laureate faculty members (who have they own labeled parking, quite the perk.) As with many schools, they boast of research activities for undergrads. One of note was in the palentology field.
The tour guide took great care in describing how, on such a large campus, students could work to make things smaller by working with their advisors (who really do talk to students), joining any one of about 700 groups on campus. She pointed out a victory garden recently planted outside the Evans Mathematics building that was a student initiated effort approved by the administration.
Housing on campus is more of an issue here, since it's only guaranteed for two years for freshman or one year for junior transfers. However, the tour guide said there is the Greek system as an options, and there are many boards of information for housing options off campus and that the transportation system is great. For $6, students can take the Bay Area Rapid Transit across the bay and be in San Francisco. It appeared she said bus transportation within the city was free with a student ID.
The students on and off campus appeared energetic and chattering constantly. While panhandlers are present, they were less than I'd envisioned and non-aggressive. In the downtown area, there were police visible. The campus has it's own police force, as well.
Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):
Mass transit is the way to go in this town. Parking is tight, tight. There is a parking structure a few blocks from the start of campus tours.