Welcome!

Welcome!

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. 22-Sept. 12, 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.

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

For the full list of events, download the Cal Events app.

In the GYB guide, you can build your own schedule of what you'd like to attend (and even get reminders!) by clicking Calendar > My Schedule.

You can also view a full listing of events day-by-day here.

Here are some of the main Getting Your Bearings 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 a zipline and human foosball. All attendees must bring their Cal 1 Card to enter into Haas Pavilion.
IMPORTANT: In order to participate in the, zipline, human foosball, etc., all attendees must complete this waiver. Minors must bring the waiver signed by their parents/guardians to the event. Students 18 and over can obtain and sign the waiver during the event.

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

New Student Convocation  
 Hosted by New Student Services
August 24, 2015 from 4-5PM at the Greek Theatre
This ceremonial events serves as the official University welcome by Chancellor Dirks and other esteemed speakers. All new undergraduate students are invited.

Chancellor’s New Student Welcome Carnival
Hosted by Chancellor's Office and University Relations
August 24, 2015 from 5-6:30PM at Memorial Glade
Following New Student Convocation, join other new students, the Chancellor, University administrators, and student leaders for a carnival-style gathering to celebrate the beginning of the semester. All new undergraduate students are invited.

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 (See below for session assignments)
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.

Session assignments:Bear Pact
10-11:30AM: Residents of Unit 1 and Unit 3 (not including student athletes and students in the College of Engineering and the College of Environmental Design)*
1-2:30PM: Residents of Unit 2, Unit 4, Max Martinez, Channing-Bowditch, and Family Housing (not including student athletes and students in the College of Engineering and the College of Environmental Design)*
3:30-5PM: Residents of Clark Kerr Campus, student athletes, and students in the College of Engineering and the College of Environmental Design*
*Note: Commuter students and those not living in UC Berkeley Housing can come to any session. 

What's Your ImPACT
Hosted by New Student Services
August 25-27, 2015 from 3-10PM and August 28 from 3-7PM 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.

Casino Night
Hosted by ASUC SUPERB
August 27, 2015 at 9:30PM at Anna Head
Come test your luck at Casino Night! There will be plenty of casino-style games including Poker, Blackjack, Craps, and Roulette. The stakes are in your favor as we'll give out raffle prizes throughout the night. Bring your Cal 1 Card to enter the event and the drawing with lots of cool prizes.  

Welcome Back Concert on the Glade
Hosted by ASUC SUPERB
August 28, 2015 at 7:30PM at Memorial Glade
ASUC SUPERB present the annual welcome back concert. Come out to catch the first of many free SUPERB concerts throughout the semester. Be sure to "like" SUPERB Productions on Facebook to find out who will be headlining this year’s concert! 

A Movie Under the Stars – “Pitch Perfect 2” & “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”
Hosted by ASUC SUPERB
August 29, 2015 at 8PM at Memorial Glade
Come check out a double feature to kick off the fall semester! First screening of “Pitch Perfect 2” starts at 8:30PM followed by “Ferris Bueller's Day Off.” Free popcorn and candy! Bring your Cal 1 Card to enter the event and the drawing with lots of cool prizes.  

CalapaloozaMovement Dance
Hosted by the LEAD Center
September 2, 2015 from 2-7PM in Sproul Plaza and Lower Sproul
Members of our 1000+ student groups and various campus departments will take over Sproul to share with you a little bit about what they do. Come out, check them out, and start to determine what you want to get involved in outside of class. 

Late Night Comedy Night: RELOADED!
Hosted by ASUC SUPERB
September 4, 2015 at 9:30PM in the Pauley Ballroom
Back by popular demand, SUPERB Comedy is ringing in the fall semester with a free double-feature comedy show! The show will be jam-packed with hilarious performances by some very special guest comedians. Come out for a night of free entertainment! Bring your Cal 1 Card to enter the event and the drawing with lots of cool prizes.  

Golden Bear Game Night
Hosted by ASUC SUPERB
September 5, 2015 from 9PM-midnight in the Pauley Ballroom
Hang out with your fellow students, play a variety of games, and win prizes! From Blackjack, board games, and video games to a scavenger hunt and raffles throughout the evening, there’ll be plenty of options to get your game on! Bring your Cal 1 Card to enter the event and the drawing with lots of cool prizes.  

A Movie Under the Stars – “Forrest Gump”
Hosted by ASUC SUPERB
September 11, 2015 at 8PM at Memorial Glade
Run, Forrest, run to Memorial Glade to watch a movie under the stars. Don’t forget there will be free popcorn and candy too! Bring your Cal 1 Card to enter the event and the drawing with lots of cool prizes.