Frequently Asked Questions
We will be communicating with you via email, leading up to your Golden Bear Orientation and Getting Your Bearings on-campus events for undergraduates. Be sure to check your Berkeley email regularly.
For details on requirements, exemptions, and fees, please visit the GBO Policies page.
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The New Student Programming Fee covers expenses related to Golden Bear Advising, Golden Bear Prep, Golden Bear Orientation, and Getting your Bearings. Students will be assessed a fee of $475 on their first semester CalCentral bill. As orientation is mandatory for all new undergraduate students, so is the fee. If applicable, students should look to their financial aid package to see if this fee will be covered by financial aid. Details on fees also is available on the GBO Policies page. More information about student fees is on the Registrar website.
The fee covers three daily meals and other expenses. Extra cash is not required (but if you want additional snacks outside of the three provided meals, you’ll need to purchase them on your own).
These components of Golden Bear Experience are mandatory: Golden Bear Advising, Golden Bear Prep, and Golden Bear Orientation. Getting Your Bearings is composed of about 200 events, and you choose what you want to attend.
We encourage you to review our Policies page for more details, including our exemptions policy and fee information.
Yes! You'll be able to connect with fellow new Golden Bear undergraduates on the UC Berkeley Official Facebook page for your class. You'll receive an invite and link through CalCentral or by email from Admissions.
Unfortunately, you cannot change your college until you start classes. You must complete the Golden Bear Advising module for the specific college to which you were admitted.
Although Golden Bear Orientation is a mandatory program, we acknowledge that there are circumstances beyond your control that may make it impossible to attend the on-campus portion of the orientation program. For more details about our Exemptions policies, see the GBO Policies page.
Golden Bear Orientation is only for new students. However, parents and student supporters can attend a program unique to their needs during Move-In.
Yes, but only slightly. As a January Start student, you take online, Golden Bear Advising in October and Golden Bear Prep in December. Your on-campus activities, including Move-In and Golden Bear Orientation, take place prior to the spring term. Getting Your Bearings begins the first day of the spring term. For specific dates, see the GBO Dates & Deadlines page.
No, all students, including students who do not live on campus, participate in the Golden Bear Experience!
If you commute or live off-campus, you simply do not participate in Move-In.
Golden Bear Orientation is a series of mandatory events you will attend once you get to campus, operated by New Student Services.
Getting Your Bearings is a series of events sponsored by campus departments to help you discover campus. These are not mandatory, and you can attend whichever ones appeal to you. Events during Getting Your Bearings are open to the entire campus community.
As a member of the Global Edge Program, you participate in all aspects of the Golden Bear Experience at a different time than students starting on campus in the fall. You complete Golden Bear Advising in October and Golden Bear Prep in December prior to your coming back to campus in January. For specific dates, see the GBO Dates & Deadlines page.