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Learn about 2021–22 Golden Bear Orientation.

Embrace the Journey as an Orientation Leader

As a Golden Bear Orientation Leader, you become part of a team that works collaboratively to welcome and orient new students to the UC Berkeley community. Using your own experiences and perspectives, you will help guide incoming students through a multi-day program in August, helping them explore academic life, campus involvement, and everything that UC Berkeley has to offer. This is a unique volunteer opportunity to:

  • meet and mentor a diverse, dynamic student group
  • develop leadership skills
  • be a positive influence while having fun

A GBO group happily conversing

How to Join

Joining the New Student Services team is just one simple step: Submit an application! If you want to know more, contact NSS at

Application opens January 3, 2022.

Application closes at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, February 15, 2022.

Apply Now

Benefits for You

There are so many benefits to becoming a GBO Leader. Here are just a few:

  • Leadership and professional development
  • Building your skills as a mentor
  • Extending your “Berkeley family” and learning more about campus resources
  • Creating memories with the GBO community
  • Exploring the Bay Area with new students
  • Attending the Chancellor’s Reception
  • Getting UC Berkeley gear

GBO Leader with their small group

Important Dates

In-person activities and expectations of all GBO Leaders:

  • 1:1 Supervisor Check-ins: February 24, 2022 – March 19, 2022
  • OL Spring Training Day 1: April 2, 2022 or April 3, 2022 (full day)
  • OL Spring Training Day 2: April 30, 2022 (full day)
  • August OL Intensive Training: August 13-15, 2022 (full days)
  • Golden Bear Orientation: August 18-23, 2022 (full days)

Role Description

  • Serve as a role model for new students by displaying the responsibility and maturity of a continuing student.
  • Actively participate in all required events, which will be in-person for GBO 2022, including meetings, Orientation Leader training(s), and GBO events.
  • Facilitate activities and conversations related to Bear Foundations (program on diversity & inclusion), Bear Pact (program on sexual violence and mental health), and other small group discussions.
  • Work collaboratively with your pair to orient and create a positive experience for incoming students. This year OLs will be allowed to have the opportunity to choose their pair via a mutual selection process.
  • Create an inclusive and welcoming community for all new students.
  • Promote full participation for new students in GBO.
  • Guide students to various locations and program points throughout GBO.
  • Answer fundamental questions about UC Berkeley.
  • Be prompt, prepared, and positive.
  • Be able to work well with a diverse group of people and work styles, and to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Be willing to grow both personally and professionally.