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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 the following components: Golden Bear Advising, Golden Bear Prep, Golden Bear Orientation and Getting Your Bearings. 

Check your Emails

From October to January for Spring 2024 students*, 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.

*May to August for Fall 2024 students