Sign up for an orientation program
Programs for spring first-years and transfer students are still open! We encourage you and your adult guests to register for either a November or January program.
My Years at Cal keeps you on track
My Years at Cal is a website that offers you guidance on how to get the most out of your Berkeley experience in a year-by-year framework. Each section (first year, sophomore, junior, junior transfer, senior, and first generation) features a list of 8-10 topics that will prepare you for the next year.
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 Cal 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 (My Years at Cal, Resource, and social media), 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 Cal 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 Cal.
» 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.