Video: Favorite places, popular majors

Students' favorite places around campus

The UC Berkeley campus's rolling green hills, park-like feel, and architecturally diverse setting offers countless places to study, snooze, and even sunbathe. Here are five favorites of the Visitor Center's tour guides.

Campanile esplanade

The Campanile Esplanade

Elina Sheykh-Zade likes to curl up and study on the benches in the esplanade below the Campanile, the third tallest bell and clock-tower in the world.

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North reading room in Doe library video

Doe Library and its reading rooms

Leighna Baxter loves the quiet, sun-flooded North Reading Room in the Doe Library, with its high windows and ornate, barrel-vaulted ceiling.

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Sproul Plaza video

Sproul Plaza

Sarah Gold loves the excitement of Sproul Plaza, a venue where the passions of today's students take Berkeley's history of student activism in new directions.

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Memorial Glade video

Memorial Glade

Joshua Cella visits Memorial Glade, aka the "Berkeley beach," where students nap, lollygag in the sun, and play ultimate football. The Glade honors students, staff, and faculty who served during World War II.

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Free Speech Movement Cafe

The Free Speech Movement Café

Jace Hadfield likes to hang at the Free Speech Movement Café, where the activism of the past joins up with the local, sustainable food movement of today.

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Popular majors and schools

Each of these informal videos is hosted by a Cal Ambassador, a student tour guide who knows the school or major firsthand. (The videos were also produced by a Berkeley tour guide majoring in film studies.)

College of Letters & Science video

College of Letters & Science

The largest of the university's 14 colleges and schools, L&S offers 80-plus majors. L&S alumni include Joan Didion, '56, writer; and Alice Waters, '67, founder of Chez Panisse restaurant.

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Molecular and Cell Biology video

Molecular and Cell Biology

One of the most popular majors, MCB includes Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Cell and Developmental Biology; Genetics, Genomics and Development; Neurobiology; Immunology and Pathogenesis.

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College of Engineering video

College of Engineering

All eight of its focus areas are ranked in the top 10 nationwide by the National Research Council. Alums include Steve Wozniak, '86, cofounder of Apple; Eric Schmidt, MS '79, CEO of Google; and Andrew Grove, Ph.D. '63, cofounder of Intel.

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College of Natural Resources video

The College of Natural Resources

CNR's four departments and 16 interdisciplinary research centers include the Berkeley Institute of the Environment. David Brower, founder of the modern environmental movement, is a CNR alumnus.

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