Here are some basic steps to get your Berkeley career off to a great start.
Log into CalCentral
This student portal is where you will find instructions, dates, contact information, and tasks for you as an incoming student. The tasks below will be listed within CalCentral.
Create your CalNet ID and bConnected account
Your CalNet ID and password are essential to accessing Berkeley online systems and tools. New students receive an invitation to do this from the Registrar. Once you’ve created your CalNet ID, you will also need to set up your bConnected account (Berkeley’s email, calendar, and file sharing system). Remember that much of the communication you receive as a new student will come to your Berkeley email address.
Apply for Housing
The housing application deadline quickly follows the admission acceptance deadline. Be sure to learn about the application process and your housing options, costs, and deadlines, via the Housing website.
Review Financial Aid & Scholarship Information
Take a careful look at your estimated cost of attendance and any aid or scholarships that have been offered to you via MyFinances in CalCentral.
Submit Final Transcript
Be sure to send an official and final version of your transcript to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the deadline. This information is included both in CalCentral and in your Conditions of Admission.
Begin Process for Cal 1 Card & AC Transit Class Pass Clipper Card
The Cal 1 Card serves as your official university identification. (Cal 1 Card issuance requires that you submit a photo online; you’ll find directions in CalCentral.) Also, as a student, you’re provided with an AC Transit Class Pass, which allows you free access to all AC Transit bus routes and can be used for other public transportation, such as BART. When you arrive on campus you will be given both your Cal 1 Card and your AC Transit Class Pass Clipper Card. You’ll find details in CalCentral.
Complete Immunization & Health Insurance Enrollment
All incoming UC Berkeley students are required to comply with the immunization and TB screening mandate(link is external) before August 1, prior to coming to campus. Also, be sure to check Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) enrollment and waiving options: All UC Berkeley students are enrolled in SHIP (Student Health Insurance Plan) annually with an option to waive with their own insurance if it meets UC-wide criteria by July 15. Berkeley SHIP coverage begins August 1. Note: Be sure to check the SHIP website for the most up-to-date deadlines/fees.
Complete Golden Bear Advising
This is the first step in your Golden Bear Experience. Learn about the online module on our Golden Bear Advising web page; log into CalCentral to access the module.
Complete Golden Bear Prep
This is the second step in your Golden Bear Experience. Learn about the online module on our Golden Bear Prep web page; log into CalCentral to access the module.
Complete Think About It
Think About It, an interactive online education platform, is a part of Berkeley’s violence prevention program. This module will help you understand university policies and campus resources, and learn ways in which you can be an active bystander and community leader in preventing harassment and violence in our community. Note: Students who do not complete Think About It will not be able to enroll in their second semester of courses.
Get Your Guide to Orientation Events
Download the Cal Events app to access the Golden Bear Orientation Guide with details for all orientation and onboarding events.