Welcome to Berkeley!

We are excited to welcome you to campus. Here you can find activities specifically for new students - three full weeks of events we call Getting Your Bearings. Go Bears!

Getting Your Bearings | Fall 2015

Hello New Students!

All of Berkeley is busy preparing for your arrival to campus. We’ve arranged for Getting Your Bearings (GYB), three full weeks of activities to help you transition to Cal, and it all starts with Move-in Aug. 22-23.

Welcome events are Aug. 22 - Sept. 12

Campus departments and student organizations are offering about 300 events to make sure your college career is off to a great start. Here are some of the main GYB attractions:

The Big Night
Hosted by Cal Athletics, Rally Committee, and New Student Services
August 23, 2015 from 10PM-1AM at Haas Pavilion
Kick off your first year at UC Berkeley in a big way with live music, fun, and games, including giant hamster balls and human foosball. We’ll also take a class photo.
IMPORTANT: In order to participate in this event, all attendees must complete this waiver.

New Student Convocation  
Hosted by New Student Services 
August 24, 2015 from 4-5PM at the Greek Theatre
Official university welcome by Chancellor Dirks and other esteemed speakers. Meet Chancellor Dirks, faculty, staff and your fellow new students at the BBQ. Kick off this new phase of your life and get to know your class at a carnival-style event featuring entertainment, food and more! All new undergraduate students are invited.

Chancellor’s Party
Hosted by University Relations
August 24, 2015 from 5-8PM at Memorial Glade
Following New Student Convocation, join other new students for a large social gathering to celebrate the beginning of the semester.

Bear Pact
Hosted by New Student Services
August 25, 2015 at multiple times: 10-11:30AM, 1-2:30PM, 3:30-5PM, at Zellerbach Hall
This mandatory presentation will teach you about important issues faced by college students: sexual assault 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. The Bear Pact presentation supports students in meeting the Violence Prevention Education Requirement. Students must bring their Cal 1 Card and a pen.

What's Your ImPACT
Hosted by New Student Services 
August 25-28, 2015 from 6-9PM at Unit 2, Wada Apartments, Basement Floor
An additional component to the Bear Pact program showcasing the awareness of alcohol and drug use, sexual assault and violence prevention, and mental health.

Hosted by the LEAD Center
September 2, 2015 from 2-7PM in Sproul Plaza
Come talk to various campus student organization during this tabling event at Lower Sproul.

Caltopia 2015 
Hosted by Recreational Sports
August 23-24, 2015 from 10AM-4PM at Recreational Sports Facility (RSF)
The largest experiential college lifestyle festival in the nation. Over 100 campus, local and national brands represented. Free admission to the event has helped make Caltopia become an annual rite of passage for Cal students and the campus community! caltopia.berkeley.edu