This is a general schedule with some of the programs that are a part of Golden Bear Orientation. You’ll receive your unique and personalized schedule from your Orientation Leader when you arrive on campus. We hope this sampling gives you an idea of the exciting programs you’ll experience as part of your orientation!
- Meet Your Leader. On the first day of GBO, you will be introduced to your Orientation Leader, who will serve as your guide throughout the week and share with you what your individual group schedule will look like.
- Meet Your Group. You will meet a group of fellow incoming students during GBO Grouping. You will experience all of GBO with this group.
- Get Your Schedule. Some key events will be included in the Cal Events app, but your entire schedule will be directed by your Orientation Leader.
In general, every day will include meals, large group programming with the entire incoming class, small group discussions, unique programs decided by your Orientation Leaders, and of course, breaks! Here of some of the amazing programs that you can look forward to:
Bear Affair: Located in Memorial Stadium, Bear Affair will bring together the entire incoming class and start breaking the ice! Bear Affair will begin with an all-class photo.
Campus Tours: Your Orientation Leaders will lead you on a guided tour of campus. Whether you have visited campus before or this is your first time, we promise this tour will help you prepare for your college career at UC Berkeley.
College Days: Your College has designed programming specifically to prepare you for life in that academic environment. College Days are Thursday and Monday of GBO.
Bear Territory: Bear Territory will bring together all incoming students to recognize and reflect upon the diversity of UC Berkeley.
Day in the Bay: The San Francisco Bay Area will be your extended home during your time at UC Berkeley, and there are many amazing perks to living here, such as world-class museums, innovative companies, the landscape and environment, and entertainment venues.
Bear Pact: Bear Pact is a mandatory presentation that will teach you about important issues faced by college students: sexual violence and harassment, mental health, and alcohol 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 Berkeley: You will have the opportunity to get off campus and explore your new city.
Late-Night Programming: You’ll have plenty of fun activities after the days of programming. Examples include triva and movie nights and more.
Sample January Agenda
|11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.||Check–in/Lunch (ASUC Student Union, MLK Building)|
|1:15 p.m.–2:30 p.m.||Meet Orientation Leaders/Opening Meeting|
|3 p.m.–4 p.m.||GBO Welcome & Convocation|
|4 p.m.–6:15 p.m.||Orientation Leader Choice/Campus Tour|
|5:30 p.m.–6:15 p.m.||Residence Hall Meetings (for Res Hall students only)|
|6:15 p.m.–7:30 p.m.||Dinner|
|8 p.m.–9:30 p.m.||Bear Affair|
|7 a.m.–8:15 a.m.||Breakfast|
|8:30 a.m.–9 a.m.||Orientation Leaders Group Meeting|
|9 a.m.–noon||College Programming|
|11 a.m.–noon||Cal to Career Connections (program for transfer students only)|
|12:15 p.m.–1:45 p.m.||Resource Fair & Lunch|
|2 p.m.–5 p.m.||Bear Territory|
|5 p.m.–6:30 p.m.||Orientation Leader Choice|
|6:30 p.m.–8 p.m.||Dinner|
|8 p.m.–10 p.m.||Trivia Night|
|10 a.m.–11:15 a.m.||Brunch (for first-year students)|
|10 a.m.–11:15 a.m.||Brunch (with alumni for transfers)|
|11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.||My Golden Years|
|12:30 p.m.–12:45 p.m.||Day in the Bay Selection|
|1 p.m.–3:30 p.m.||Bear Pact|
|3:30 p.m.–6 p.m.||Intro to City of Berkeley (dinner included)|
|6 p.m.–9 p.m.||Movie Night|
|10 a.m.–11 a.m.||Brunch|
|11 a.m.–5 p.m.||Day in the Bay|
|5 p.m.–6 p.m.||Dinner, Banner Signing|