The Ultimate Guide to UC Berkeley

Recorded Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 10:30 PM

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University of California, Berkeley | UC Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

The original University of California campus, UC Berkeley is known for its rigorous academics and liberal culture.

Today, Elias will cover topics like Berkeley's campus and social life, academic and extracurricular opportunities, dorms, food, and more. He'll also break down Berkley's application process and admissions demographics and give you some tips on how to craft the best profile possible.

We'll also have a Q&A at the end of this livestream, so come prepared with all of your questions about UC Berkeley!

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University of California, Berkeley | UC Berkeley

Berkeley, CA
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Undergrad College: Harvard University '17

Major: Music

Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.

Work Experience: Now in my fourth year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored thousands more through my livestreams. Apart from my work at CV, I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist. I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston, and I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States.

My Admissions Story: Initially interested in pursuing a career as a performing cellist, I applied almost exclusively to music schools with dual and double degree options and ultimately enrolled in the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program. Unhappy with the combined program and worried I'd never feel like I was fully a student at either school, I logged back into in October of my freshman year. I can't say I went about the transfer process in the smartest way (I only applied to two schools!), but Harvard miraculously accepted me (or 'excepted me' as I wrote in a celebratory Facebook post that day - no one ever let me live that one down), and the rest was history.

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