Vault's Rating 4 out of 5

Uppers

  • Beautiful campus in Berkeley, overlooking San Francisco Bay
  • Less expensive than other top schools

Downers

  • Most selective
  • Large student body and high student-teacher ratio

The Bottom Line

  • The University of California – Berkeley, a well-respected public institution known for its liberal student activism, gives students opportunities for groundbreaking research, innovative thinking and creativity, and service to society.

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