Getting Started at UC Berkeley

You’ve submitted your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) and paid your deposit. You are officially a new student! Now what? Here is a list of the basics to becoming a Golden Bear and transitioning to campus.

Log into CalCentral

This student portal is where you will find instructions, dates, contact information, and tasks for you as an incoming student. The tasks below will be listed within CalCentral.

Create your CalNet ID and bConnected account

Your CalNet ID and password are essential to accessing Berkeley online systems and tools. New students receive an invitation to do this from the Registrar. Once you’ve created your CalNet ID, you will also need to set up your bConnected account (Berkeley’s email, calendar, and file sharing system). Remember that much of the communication you receive as a new student will come to your Berkeley email address.

Apply for Housing

The housing application deadline quickly follows the SIR deadline. Be sure to learn about the application process and your housing options, costs, and deadlines, via the Housing website.

Review Financial Aid & Scholarship Information

Take a careful look at your estimated cost of attendance and any aid or scholarships that have been offered to you via MyFinances in CalCentral.

Submit Final Transcript

Be sure to send an official and final version of your transcript to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the deadline. This information is included both in CalCentral and in your Conditions of Admission.

Begin Process for Cal 1 Card & AC Transit Class Pass Clipper Card

The Cal 1 Card serves as your official university identification. (Cal 1 Card issuance requires that you submit a photo online; you'll find directions in CalCentral.) Also, as a student, you’re provided with an AC Transit Class Pass, which allows you free access to all AC Transit bus routes and can be used for other public transportation, such as BART. When you arrive on campus you will be given both your Cal 1 Card and your AC Transit Class Pass Clipper Card. You'll find details in CalCentral.

Complete Immunization & Health Insurance Enrollment

All incoming UC Berkeley students are required to comply with the immunization and TB screening mandate before August 1, prior to coming to campus. Also, be sure to check Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) enrollment and waiving options: All UC Berkeley students are enrolled in SHIP (Student Health Insurance Plan) annually with an option to waive with their own insurance if it meets UC-wide criteria by July 15. Berkeley SHIP coverage begins August 1.

Complete Golden Bear Advising

This is the first step in your Golden Bear Experience. Learn about the online module on our Golden Bear Advising web page; log into CalCentral to access the module.

Complete Golden Bear Prep

This is the second step in your Golden Bear Experience. Learn about the online module on our Golden Bear Prep web page; log into CalCentral to access the module.

Complete Think About It

Think About It, an interactive online education platform, is a part of Berkeley's violence prevention program. This module will help you understand university policies and campus resources, and learn ways in which you can be an active bystander and community leader in preventing harassment and violence in our community. Note: Students who do not complete Think About It will not be able to enroll in their second semester of courses.

Discover Cal Student Central

While CalCentral is your student portal for enrollment tasks, class schedules, and other student-specific items, Cal Student Central, which has an office at 120 Sproul as well as a helpful website, a is a one-stop shop to help you with paying tuition/fees, identifying blocks/holds, applying for emergency loans, and other Registrar- and Billing-related tasks. (Note: Cal Student Central is a nonsecured website and also an office, as opposed to CalCentral, which is a secured portal that is customized for each student.)