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New Students

To all of our new freshmen and transfer students: We’re happy you are coming to UC Berkeley! Get ready for a comprehensive and fun Golden Bear Experience.

What to Expect

Overview: Your Golden Bear Experience consists of four major components: Golden Bear Advising and Golden Bear Prep (both completed online, before you arrive) and Golden Bear Orientation and Getting Your Bearings (in-person programs, completed once you’re here).

The important thing to keep in mind is that the first part of your transition happens online. You connect with your academic adviser and learn about resources before you make the move to Berkeley.

Check your Emails

From May through September,* you will receive emails with important information and approaching deadlines for the Golden Bear Experience. Check your UC Berkeley email account and CalCentral regularly and be sure to follow instructions and deadlines 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