Special Populations

Some of you may be part of a campus program that will be offering additional programming prior to Golden Bear Orientation, or you even may be wondering if you are eligible to attend Golden Bear Orientation. Here is information about those programs (including registration information in some cases) and other populations.

Black Student Orientation

Hosted by the African American Student Development Center (AASD), BlackSO addresses the specific transitional and community needs of African American/Black students at Cal. BlackSO is on Monday, August 14, 2017, and will consist of community building activities, academic and campus life workshops, and a resource fair. Note: If you are attending BlackSO, send your request to AASD to move to campus on Sunday, August 13.

Disabled Student Orientation

Hosted by the Disabled Students’ Program (DSP), the Disabled Students’ Program Orientation is designed to help you get off to a great start at Cal and will lay the foundation for your success here. The orientation is mandatory for all incoming students with disabilities (freshmen, transfer students, graduate students) who will be connecting with DSP services.

The orientation is on Monday, August 14, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will learn about campus resources, DSP accommodations, self-advocacy, talking with faculty about accommodations, your legal rights as a student with disabilities, and more. A resource fair will allow you to connect immediately with campus and community partners. Note: If you are moving into campus housing and attending DSP Orientation, you may move in on Sunday, August 13 and attend DSP Orientation on Monday. To be eligible for Sunday move in, you must contact your assigned DSP specialist and request early move in now.

EAP Reciprocity

As an EAP Reciprocity student, you are required to complete Golden Bear Prep and attend Golden Bear Orientation. However, you will not complete Golden Bear Advising. The Berkeley International Office (BIO) will host an International Student Orientation on Monday, August 14, 2017, and you are encouraged to attend. Please see BIO’s International Student Orientation for more information.
 

Familia Orientation

Hosted by the Chicanx Latinx Student Development Center (CLSD), this orientation, Estan En Buenas Manos, addresses the specific transitional and community needs of Chicanx and Latinx students at Cal. The orientation is on Sunday, August 13, 2017, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Pauley Ballroom and consists of resource fair, community building activities, and speakers. To register please click on the following link: https://tinyurl.com/Familia-Orientation-2017

Note: Those who register and attend this event will be able to move into campus housing on Sunday, August 13, after the Familia Orientation.

Native Student Orientation

Hosted by the Native American Student Development Center (NASD), this orientation addresses the specific transitional and community needs of native students at UC Berkeley and consists of learning about campus resources, financial aid, and community building. The orientation is on Monday, August 14, 2017. Note: If you are attending this event, send your request to NASD to move to campus on Sunday, August 13.

Asian American Pacific Islander Student Orientation

Hosted by the Asian Pacific American Student Development Center (APASD), Pilipino Academic Student Services (PASS), Asian Pacific American Theme House (APATH), and Asian Pacific Islander Recruitment and Retention Center (REACH), this orientation addresses the specific transitional and community needs of Asian American, Pilipinx, and Pacific Islander students at UC Berkeley and consists of learning about campus resources, workshops, and community building. The orientation is on Monday, August 14, 2017. Note: The Asian Pacific American Theme House (APATH) is only open to students who have been admitted to the program. For more information about joining APATH, or to request attendance at the AAPI Student Orientation please contact APASD at: apasdoffice@gmail.com

Readmitted Students

Whether you have been away for a few semesters or a few years, your transition requires you to reacquaint yourself with the academic, financial, and administrative systems at UC Berkeley. You are eligible to attend Golden Bear Orientation in order to get started back at UC Berkeley. To register for GBO, we need to add you manually. Contact New Student Services, identify yourself as a readmitted student who wants to register for Golden Bear Orientation, and include your student ID number.

Student Athlete Orientation

Hosted by Intercollegiate Athletics, this orientation is for incoming Intercollegiate/Varsity student athletes. This event reviews resources for student athletes and NCAA/Athletics compliance. The orientation is on Monday, August 14, 2017. For details contact: b.t@berkeley.edu Note: If you are attending this event, send your request to Intercollegiate Athletics to move to campus on Sunday, August 13.

BIO International Student Orientation

Hosted by the Berkeley International Office (BIO), International Student Orientation addresses the unique needs of international students, including learning about the transition to the US-American culture, academic success, building community, and navigating campus resources.
The orientation is on Monday, August 14, 2017. Note: If you are attending this event, please register here by July 5 to move to campus on Sunday, August 13.

Golden Bear Express (SoCal Pell Grant Students)

Pell Grant recipients from Southern California are invited to catch a ride to campus with the California Alumni Association Golden Bear Express. The bus ride is sponsored by the various Southern California alumni chapters of UC Berkeley. If you are an eligible student, you'll receive details abut this in the summer.