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Dates & Deadlines

These are the critical dates for the Golden Bear Experience, including Golden Bear Orientation (GBO). This page is updated often so please refresh your web browser each time you visit. 

From May through September,* you as a newly admitted student will receive emails with important information and approaching deadlines. Check your UC Berkeley email account regularly and be sure to follow instructions and timelines to ensure a smooth on-campus orientation, successful academic advising, and proper course enrollment. 

*October to January for Global Edge/Global Management/January Start students

2020–21 Academic Year

Fall First-Year (Freshman)

Event/Program Date(s)
Golden Bear Advising June 2–June 23
Exemption Requests Due July 19
Fall Course Enrollment Begins July 16
Golden Bear Prep July 21–Aug. 14
Golden Bear Orientation Check-In (check in between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.) & Campus Move-In Aug. 18
Golden Bear Orientation Aug. 19–25
Getting Your Bearings Aug. 26–Sept. 13

Fall Transfer Students

Event/Program Date(s)
Golden Bear Advising June 16–30
Exemption Requests Due July 19
Fall Course Enrollment Begins July 14
Golden Bear Prep July 21–Aug. 14
Golden Bear Orientation Check-In (check in between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.) & Campus Move-In Aug. 18
Golden Bear Orientation Aug. 19–25
Getting Your Bearings Aug. 26–Sept. 13

Golden Bear Experience Spring 2021 First-Year (Freshmen) & Transfer Students

Event/Program Date(s)
Golden Bear Advising Oct. 7–25
Exemption Requests Due Dec. 1
Course Enrollment Begins Nov. 10
Golden Bear Prep Dec. 9–Jan. 8
Golden Bear Orientation Check-In & Campus Move-In Jan. 14
Golden Bear Orientation Jan. 14–17
Getting Your Bearings Jan. 18–Feb. 7

Golden Bear Experience Global Edge & Global Management Students

Event/Program Date(s)
Golden Bear Advising June 2–23
Exemption Requests Due July 19
Golden Bear Prep Dec 9–Jan 8
Golden Bear Orientation Check-In (check in between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.) & Campus Move-In Jan. 14
Golden Bear Orientation Jan. 14–17
Getting Your Bearings Jan. 18–Feb. 7

Parents & Supporters

Event/Program Date(s)
Fall Parents/Supporters Orientation Aug. 18, 2020
Spring Parents/Supporters Orientation Jan. 14, 2021