Sign up for an orientation program

Sign up for an orientation program

We offer various orientation programs for first-years, transfer students, parents, and guests! Be sure to register for an upcoming program.

Welcome to UC Berkeley!

Whether you are a new undergraduate or their supporter, we are happy to provide you with programs, publications, and assistance as you transition into the Golden Bear community. 

New Student Services (NSS) is comprised of staff and students who work year-round to cater to the needs of our new first-year and transfer students. By offering Cal Student Orientation (CalSO), welcome programs (Getting Your Bearings), and many other resources, we are determined to make your transition to UC Berkeley as smooth as possible. 

New Student Services Mission Statement

New Student Services empowers undergraduates to succeed and facilitates their transition to life at UC Berkeley. We do this through teaching new students and their support networks about academic success, campus resources, traditions and Berkeley culture, and by helping them build community.

» Through participating in our programs and utilizing our resources, new students and their supporters will:
» Be introduced to University and College requirements and resources in order for them to achieve academic success.
» Learn about University services and procedures that they will use throughout their years at Berkeley.
» Be introduced to university traditions and the campus culture that make UC Berkeley unique.
» Receive opportunities to connect with peers and shares ways to broaden their community after arriving at UC Berkeley.

Read the full description of New Student Services’ learning outcomes here.