Parents & Supporters

Congratulations on your student's acceptance as an undergraduate to UC Berkeley!

Your student will first complete online modules addressing academics and life at Berkeley prior to arrival on campus, and participate in Golden Bear Orientation for undergraduates, beginning August 15, 2017. 

While your students are transitioning to campus, here are some resources just for parents and student supporters.

Please note that there will be four Parent/Supporter Orientation sessions in 2017:

  • For Parents/Supporters who have students attending Special Population OrientationsAugust 13, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • All other Parents/Supporters: August 14. You may attend any one of these three sessions: 9 a.m. to noon, noon to 3 p.m., or 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Not a parent? No problem!
Cal Parents and the Letter Home series are for useful for anyone who serves as a support system for a Berkeley undergraduate.

Registration & Event Details

Golden Bear Orientation for Parents and Supporters is the best introduction to UC Berkeley for parents and supporters of incoming undergraduate students.

There will be in two sessions in 2017:

For Parents/Supporters attending Special Population Orientations: August 13, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
All other Parents/Supporters: August 14. You may attend any one of these three sessions: 9 a.m. to noon, noon to 3 p.m., or 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Parents/Supporters must register for your orientation (you'll receive emails about this in June and July). Note that if your student is living into a Residence Hall or other university housing, they will need to select a move-in time slot. In order to coordinate your day on campus, we advise you to register for parent orientation after your student has selected a move-in time.

At the Parent and Supporter Program, you begin to navigate the new campus and its resources, meet fellow supporters, and learn about important UC Berkeley requirements, traditions, and culture — and understand the critical role they can play in your student’s college career. Our Parent and Supporter Program addresses issues and concerns directly related to the support systems of incoming students.

Parents/Supporters Orientation: Sample Agenda

Here is a sample of what you'll experience and learn during a Parent/Supporter orientation session:

All Attendees (2 hours)


Family Transitions

Academic Success Tips

Campus Safety

Health & Wellness


Breakout Sessions: Choose One (1 hour)

Cal Parents Meet and Greet 

Student Finances

Health & Wellness (extended)

Residential Education Campus Safety (extended)

Academic Success (extended)

Campus Tour

Cal Student Central Open Hours

Cal Parents Website

Cal Parents provides many resources for parents, guardians, and families of all UC Berkeley students. You'll find a resource guide, Facebook community, and updates on campus policies.

Letter Home Newsletter

Letter Home is a newsletter specifically geared to families of undergraduates at UC Berkeley, published by Cal Parents.

Fees, Cancellations, Etc.

If you or your student has questions about the Golden Bear Experience, including Golden Bear Orientation, that is not included elsewhere, see our FAQs page. The questions cover fees, cancellations, and other important matters.

How can I communicate with my student during Golden Bear Orientation?

You are welcome to communicate with your student in whatever way you all agreed upon (calls, texts, emails). Please know that students will have an extremely busy Golden Bear Orientation schedule and may not be available to respond to you immediately. 

Are there any joint programs for students and their parents/families?

No. Students participate in Golden Bear Orientation without families or guests. If you or a supporter are interested in participating in a program, please feel free to attend our Parent and Supporter Program.

Where should I park during Move-In?

During Move-In, activity is very busy so be sure to plan ahead and read instructions at the Housing Move-In website

I live outside of the Bay Area. Should I attend the parent/guest program?

If you plan to accompany your student to Move-In, we highly recommend that you attend the Parent and Supporter Program. This experience, for all student supporters, is optional, and the choice to attend is a personal one.

Is housing provided for families during orientation?

We cannot provide housing for parents, families, and guests during orientation. Please visit the Cal Parents Lodging & Dining web page for a list of nearby lodging.