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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

2019–20 Academic Year

Fall First-Year (Freshman)

Event/Program Date(s)
Golden Bear Advising June 5–June 30
Exemption Requests Due July 26
Fall Course Enrollment Begins July 24
Golden Bear Prep July 31–Aug. 16
Golden Bear Orientation Check-In (check in between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.) & Campus Move-In Aug. 20
Golden Bear Orientation Aug. 21–27
Getting Your Bearings Aug. 28–Sept. 15

Fall Transfer Students

Event/Program Date(s)
Golden Bear Advising June 12–July 7
Exemption Requests Due July 26
Fall Course Enrollment Begins July 22
Golden Bear Prep July 31–Aug. 16
Golden Bear Orientation Check-In (check in between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.) & Campus Move-In Aug. 20
Golden Bear Orientation Aug. 21–27
Getting Your Bearings Aug. 28–Sept. 15

Spring (January Start) Students 2020

Event/Program Date(s)
Golden Bear Advising (Global Edge & Global Management) Oct. 2–Oct. 27
Golden Bear Advising (First-Year & Transfer Students) Oct. 9–Nov. 3
Spring Course Enrollment Begins (appts. made on CalCentral) Early November
Exemption Requests Due Dec. 1
Golden Bear Prep Dec. 1–Jan. 10
Golden Bear Orientation Check-In (check in between 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Pauley Ballroom, ASUC Student Union, Martin Luther King Jr. Building) & Campus Move-In Jan. 16
Golden Bear Orientation Jan. 16–19
Getting Your Bearings Jan. 21–Feb. 9

Parents & Supporters

Event/Program Date(s)
Fall Parents/Supporters Orientation Aug. 20, 2019
Spring Parents/Supporters Orientation Jan. 16, 2020