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You might be wondering: what will Golden Bear Orientation (GBO) look like? Below are two sample schedules for GBO Fall 2022: the first is for transfer students, the second is for first year students.

Updated as of July 13, 2022


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.

Fall 2022 GBO Sample Schedule (Transfer Students)

Sample of what the week of Orientation could look like for a Transfer Student

Fall 2022 GBO Sample Schedule (First Year Students)

Sample of what the week of Orientation could look like for a First Year Student

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.

GBO Small Groups

Students will engage in dialogue and community building with a small group of their peers and Orientation Leaders.

Transfer Student Welcome (Transfer 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.

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.

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. 

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 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.

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.


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.