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Updated September 22, 2022 to reflect Spring 2023 experience and timeline.

 

You might be wondering: what will Golden Bear Orientation (GBO) look like? Below are two sample schedules for GBO Spring 2023: UCEAP students, transfer students, first year students. These are subject to change pending scheduling, space reservations, etc.

We understand that a model built for so many students will not accommodate every individual; if after reading through the sample schedules below you believe that you will need accommodations during GBO, please scroll to the bottom of this page* to find instructions on how to request these accommodations.

Spring 2023 GBO Sample Schedule (Transfer Students)

Thursday, January 12th, 2023 11:30am-1:00pm Check In 11:30am-1:00pm Lunch 1:15-1:30pm Grouping 1:30-1:45pm Travel Time 1:45-2:30pm Opening Group Meeting 2:30-2:45pm Travel Time (2:45) 3:00-4:00pm GBO Welcome & Convocation 4:15-5:00pm Campus Tours 5:15-6:15pm Transfer Welcome 6:15-6:30pm Travel Time 6:30-8:15pm Dinner & Safety Conversation 8:15-8:30pm Travel Time 8:30-10:00pm Late Night Friday, January 13th, 2023 7:30-8:30am Breakfast 9:00am-12:00pm College Programming 11:00am-12:00pm Cal to Career Connections (Transfers Only) 12:15-1:45pm Resource Fair and Lunch (Rotations) 1:45-2:00pm Travel Time 2:00-5:15pm Bear Foundations 5:15-6:30pm OL Choice 6:30-8:00pm Dinner 8:00-10:00pm Late Night Saturday, January 14th, 2023 10:00-11:15am Alumni Mixer with Brunch (Transfers & UCEAP Only) 11:15-11:30am Travel Time 11:30am-12:30pm My Golden Years 12:30-1:00pm Travel Time 1:00-3:30pm Bear Pact 3:30-6:00pm Intro to the City of Berkeley 6:00-9:00pm Late Night Sunday, January 15th, 2023 10:00-11:00am Brunch 11:00am-5:00pm Day in the Bay 5:00-6:00pm Dinner & Banner Signing 6:00-7:00pm Group Closing

Spring 2023 GBO Sample Schedule (First Year Students)

Thursday, January 12th, 2023 11:30am-1:00pm Check In 11:30am-1:00pm Lunch 1:15-1:30pm Grouping 1:30-1:45pm Travel Time 1:45-2:30pm Opening Group Meeting 2:30-2:45pm Travel Time (2:45) 3:00-4:00pm GBO Welcome & Convocation 4:15-5:00pm Campus Tours 5:00-5:30pm Travel Time 5:30-6:15pm Res Hall Meetings 6:15-6:30pm Travel Time 6:30-8:15pm Dinner & Safety Conversation 8:15-8:30pm Travel Time 8:30-10:00pm Late Night Friday, January 13th, 2023 7:30-8:30am Breakfast 9:00am-12:00pm College Programming 12:15-1:45pm Resource Fair and Lunch (Rotations) 1:45-2:00pm Travel Time 2:00-5:15pm Bear Foundations 5:15-6:30pm OL Choice 6:30-8:00pm Dinner 8:00-10:00pm Late Night Saturday, January 14th, 2023 10:00-11:15 Involvement Discussion with Brunch 11:15-11:30am Travel Time 11:30am-12:30pm My Golden Years 12:30-1:00pm Travel Time 1:00-3:30pm Bear Pact 3:30-6:00pm Intro to the City of Berkeley 6:00-9:00pm Late Night Sunday, January 15th, 2023 10:00-11:00am Brunch 11:00am-5:00pm Day in the Bay 5:00-6:00pm Dinner & Banner Signing 6:00-7:00pm Group Closing

Spring 2023 GBO Sample Schedule (UCEAP Students)

Spring 2023 GBO EAP Sample Schedule Thursday, January 12th, 2023 11:30am-1:00pm Check In 11:30am-1:00pm Lunch 1:15-1:30pm Grouping 1:30-1:45pm Travel Time 1:45-2:30pm Opening Group Meeting 2:30-2:45pm Travel Time (2:45) 3:00-4:00pm GBO Welcome & Convocation 4:15-5:00pm Campus Tours 5:15-6:15pm Transfer Welcome 6:15-6:30pm Travel Time 6:30-8:15pm Dinner & Safety Conversation 8:15-8:30pm Travel Time 8:30-10:00pm Late Night Friday, January 13th, 2023 7:30-8:30am Breakfast 8:00am-12:00pm EAP Orientation with BIO 12:15-1:45pm Resource Fair and Lunch (Rotations) 1:45-2:00pm Travel Time 2:00-5:15pm Bear Foundations 5:15-6:30pm OL Choice 6:30-8:00pm Dinner 8:00-10:00pm Late Night Saturday, January 14th, 2023 10:00-11:15am Alumni Mixer with Brunch (Transfers & UCEAP Only) 11:15-11:30am Travel Time 11:30am-12:30pm My Golden Years 12:30-1:00pm Travel Time 1:00-3:30pm Bear Pact 3:30-6:00pm Intro to the City of Berkeley 6:00-9:00pm Late Night Sunday, January 15th, 2023 10:00-11:00am Brunch 11:00am-5:00pm Day in the Bay 5:00-6:00pm Dinner & Banner Signing 6:00-7:00pm Group Closing

GBO EAP Sample Schedule

Grouping, GBO Small Group Time & OL Choice

Immediately following GBO Check In, you will meet your Orientation Leaders and the other incoming students in your GBO small group at the Grouping event. You will be with this group throughout GBO. Students will engage in dialogue and community building with a small group of their peers and Orientation Leaders (OLs). OL Choice are times when your OLs will select programming specifically for your group.

Meals

Meals will be provided throughout GBO. You will have an assigned location and time for each meal. You may be participating in a program and rotating through a program e.g. Resource Fair. All meals will be able to provide options for dietary needs.

Chancellor’s New Student Convocation

During Convocation, Chancellor Carol Christ and campus administration will formally welcome the incoming class to UC Berkeley. It is an opportunity to unite the incoming class of new students and welcome them to the greater campus community.

Transfer Student Welcome (Transfer & UCEAP Students Only)

Transfer Student Welcome is a program in partnership with the Transfer Center, with its main goal being to welcome all transfer students to the Berkeley community and to discuss services and resources available to them.

Res Hall Meetings (Students Living in University Residence Halls Only)

Res Hall meetings are dedicated time for you to connect with Resident Assistants (RAs) and full time staff within the University Residence Halls. These individuals will provide basic information about your new home and will continue to be a resource to your after GBO ends.

Late Night Programming

Late Night Programming offers opportunities to get to know campus and its surroundings and experience entertainment at and around Cal. More importantly, Late Night Programming allows new students to bond and have fun with their groups and other new Cal students! While programming is scheduled all night, these events are optional. Programming will go no later than 10:00pm each day.

College Programming

College Programming consists of programming designed by each college (e.g College of Letters and Science, College of Natural Resources) to prepare students for life in that specific academic environment. During these events, there will be an introduction to your college and more specific sessions centered around what to expect from your college and major.  Check the Cal Events App for specific events related to your major. Note: EAP students should not attend College Programming. Note: EAP students should not attend College Programming

Cal to Career Connections

Cal to Career Connections is a presentation put on by the Career Center. The presentation will feature several counselors with expert insights and tips on how you can use the resources of the broader Cal community for career advancement. We recognize that this time overlaps with College Programming and may not be accessible to all. 

Resource Fair

The Campus Department Resource Fair will introduce incoming students to 40+ campus departments, including Berkeley Study Abroad and University Health Services. The fair will be hosted in person and will allow you to connect directly with staff from various campus departments.

Bear Foundations

Bear Foundations is intended to start or continue the conversation of community and identity for new students. During the large group program and following small group discussion, students will learn about UC Berkeley’s Principles of Community, Othering, and Belonging, and reflect on their identity and relationship with campus. New students will recognize that they play an active role in creating a safe and healthy culture at Cal and will leave this program reflecting how to improve their communities at Cal. We want new students to continue their knowledge of exploring stories of identities, intersectionality, community-building through different platforms and media.

Alumni Mixer (Transfer & UCEAP Students Only)

Transfer students will have the opportunity to learn career tips and information from alumni working in different industries. New students will have a specific time designated to them to go to the Alumni Mixer on Saturday. 

My Golden Years

Students will be able to hear from some of our Orientation Mentors about their golden years so far at Berkeley. The goal of My Golden Years is to introduce students to the varied and valuable experiences of Berkeley students.

Bear Pact

Bear Pact is a mandatory performance that will teach you about important issues faced by college students: sexual violence and harassment, related policies, reporting options, and resources, mental health, bystander intervention, alcohol and substance use. Learn about the many ways you can maintain a balanced lifestyle and the resources on campus that can help you in this pursuit. You will also gain strategies to take care of friends, classmates, and roommates.

Intro to the City of Berkeley

After two days of GBO, we know you want to spend more time exploring Telegraph Ave and trying out one of the many amazing local restaurants surrounding campus. Intro to the City of Berkeley will share some of the history of this city that is now your new home and include dinner at a local restaurant. 

Day in the Bay

Your Berkeley experience extends beyond the campus and we know many of you are eager to explore the Bay Area. Day in the Bay will take you to a venue in the Bay Area (past excursions have included SF MOMA, the Exploratorium, Oakland Museum, Oakland Ice Rink, 90s Museum, Bay Cruise). Check back closer to January for details on what options we will have for January GBO. All transportation and tickets will be included. 

Banner Signing

An iconic GBO tradition! Come add your name to the Class of 2024 or Class of 2026 banners. These will be hung up at graduation- book ends to your Berkeley career!

Group Closing

All good things must come to an end, and GBO is no exception. Closing with small groups and Orientation Leaders is an opportunity to wrap up the week and look to the coming semester. The group closing will include dinner.

*Note

We recognize that a model built for so many students will not accommodate everyone. Please read over our policies for more information about participation requirements, and to let us know how we can best serve your needs for orientation.