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  NoticeCOVID-19 Updates for 2020-21 Golden Bear Orientationx
The latest updates on the evolving COVID-19 policies and resources for the campus community

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 orientation, successful academic advising, and proper course enrollment. 

*October to January for 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
Campus Move-In (Visit Housing website for further information.) To Be Determined
Golden Bear Orientation (All events to be available online.) Aug. 21–25
Fall Classes Begin Aug. 26

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
Campus Move-In (Visit Housing website for further information.) To Be Determined
Golden Bear Orientation (All events to be available online.) Aug. 21–25
Fall Classes Begin Aug. 26

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 Jan. 14–16
Spring Classes Begin Jan. 19