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After Golden Bear Orientation, you may participate in Getting Your Bearings, a collection of events sponsored by campus departments and student organizations, for newly admitted undergraduates. It starts the day after Golden Bear Orientation and lasts through the first three weeks of the semester. You may choose from hundreds of events, participating in the ones that mean the most to you.

Fall 2024 dates: August 27 – September 15 

Spring 2025 dates: January 21 – February 16

Check out the Cal Events app for events and links in the fall. Although it is not mandatory, Getting Your Bearings offers ways you can shape your experience at Cal, dig deeper into community, and just have fun!