Perennially ranked among the top universities in the country, the 1,365-acre, 465-building campus offer visitors as well as ... More
The University of California, Berkeley
Perennially ranked among the top universities in the country, the 1,365-acre, 465-building campus offer visitors as well as students museums, libraries, superb views from the campanile, public lectures by Nobel laureates, world class entertainment and NCAA sports. Campus life centers on Sproul Plaza and Sather Gate. A reminder of Berkeley's place in American social history can be found in the form a plaque in front of Sproul Hall, marking the spot where Mario Savio launched the Free Speech movement in 1964. Free tours of campus are given Monday-Friday, leaving from 101 University Hall at the corner of University Avenue and Oxford Street. Saturday at 10a and Sunday at 1p, the tours leave from the Campanile.
If you want to learn stuff that you can actually use in life, go to Berkeley. You'll not only learn about all that school stuff, but you also learn how to be a good human being. And of course, Cal's football team is fierce.
If you are visiting campus on a Sunday, grab a coffee & pastry from Cafe Strada on Bancroft and head for Faculty Glade, near the music building and Hertz Hall. Settle onto the lawn or find a log bench and listen to the 2pm Campanile Concert. There aren't many other places where you can hear a musician playing a 300 ft tall instrument! Faculty Glade gives you one of the most pleasant settings on campus mixed with good acoustics for the concert. Also nice is the Redwood Grove just west of the Glade. The sound here is even better, but the view is not as good. The Campanile players pound pedals with their fist to ring the bells, so you can marvel that the sounds you are hearing are played with only two fists and two feet!
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