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 | Aug. 20-Sept. 9, 2016

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. 20-21.

Campus departments and student organizations are offering about 300 events to make sure your college career is off to a great start. 

In preparation for all of the events, download the Cal Events app.


Highlighted Events


The Big Night
Sunday, August 21: 10:00pm - 1am
Haas Pavilion

Kick off your first year at UC Berkeley in a big way with a rally, fun, and games.All attendees must bring their Cal 1 Card to enter into Haas Pavilion. IMPORTANT: In order to participate in the various activities, minors must bring the waiver signed by their parents/guardians to the event. 

New Student Convocation
Monday, August 22: 5pm - 6pm
Hearst Greek Theatre

All new undergraduate students are invited to the historic Hearst Greek Theatre for the New Student Convocation, a ceremony that marks the beginning of your time at Berkeley. The ceremony is an opportunity to hear from campus leaders and gather with fellow new undergraduates from all schools and colleges to celebrate the start of your time on campus.

Bear Pact
Tuesday, August 23: Times assigned by Residence Hall
Zellerbach Hall or Pauley Ballroom

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. Students must bring their Cal 1 Card and a pen. Those who do not attend will be restricted from registering for spring semester classes.

Bear Perspectives: An Interactive Gallery Showcasing Student Experiences, Resources and Community Standards
Tuesday, August 23: 2:00-8:30pm
Wednesday, August 24: 10:00am-8:30pm
Thursday, August 25: 10:00am-6:30pm
Friday, August 26: 10:00am-5:30pm
Unit 3 APR

Bear Perspectives, a complement to Bear Pact, is an interactive gallery that uses images, texts and displays to inform students on the topics of sexual violence and harassment, mental health, alcohol use, student identities, bystander intervention and community. Students living in University Residence Halls will be given a time to attend Bear Perspectives with their RA. If you cannot attend when your RA is schedule, come any time the program is open. Students must bring their Cal 1 Card.


Wednesday, August 31: 3:30-7pm
Lower and Upper Sproul Plaza

Calapalooza invites new Cal students to meet over 1,000 student organizations recruiting new members. Show your Cal spirit with the Cal Band, student perofrmances, and with many more opportunities to getting involved on campus in your first year.