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.

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

Highlighted Events


Sunday, August 21 and Monday, August 22: 10:00am - 4pm
Recreation Sports Facility

Caltopia is recognized as the largest experiential college lifestyle festival in the nation. Created and hosted by Recreational Sports, over 30,000 Cal students and campus supporters will touch, taste, and experience the latest products, services and programs from over 100 campus, Bay Area, and national exhibitors. Free admission to the event has helped make Caltopia an annual rite of passage for Cal students and the campus community for the past 14 years!

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
Zellerbach Hall

8:30-10:30am: Unit 3, CKC buildings 3, 4, 12, 16, 17, Commuter Students
11am-1pm: Unit 2, CKC buildings 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, Commuter Students
2-4pm: Unit 1, Martinez Commons
4:30-6:30pm: Foothill and Stern, College of Engineering Students, College of Environmental Design Students, Commuter Students

This mandatory presentation will teach you about important issues faced by college students: sexual violence 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.

Magician Kid Ace and Juggler Marcus Monroe
Thursday, August 25: 8-10:30pm
Pauley Ballroom, MLK

Spend your night filled with magic as Magician"Kid Ace" and Juggler Marcus Monroe bring Berkeley an enticing perofrmance! Like us on Facebook and Instrgram @ASUCSUPERB for more event information. Event is FREE with Cal 1 Card.

Welcome Concert
Friday, August 26: 8-10pm
Lower Sproul Plaza

Whether you're reuniting with old friends or getting to know new ones, there's no better way to get your bearings than a concert on campus. In the past we've raged some big names during Getting Your Bearings, and this semester will be bigger than ever. Check back on our Facebook/Instagram @ASUCSUPERB on Monday, August 22 to find out who's performing. Event is FREE with Cal 1 Card.

Outdoor Moving Screening of Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and Superbad
Saturday, August 27: 7:30-10:30pm
Memorial Glade

ASUC SUPERB Films is hosting a double feature screening. Come enjoy Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and Superbad. Popcorn and fun included!

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

Calapalooza is the perfect place for new and returning Cal students to meet student organizations and campus departments. Explore the many opportunities where you can get involved on campus while checking out student performances and experiencing Cal.

Alex G. Concert
Thursday, September 1: 8-10pm
Upper Sproul Plaza

Head to Upper Sproul to vibe with Philadelphia-based indie rock artist Alex G. Like us on Facebook and Instrgram @ASUCSUPERB for more event information. Event is FREE with Cal 1 Card.

An Evening with H Jon Benjamin
Friday, September 2: 9-11pm
Pauley Ballroom, MLK

Come laugh at how hard your classes already are with a free comedy show featuring the one and only H Jon Benjamin, who voices lead characters in "Archer" and "Bob's Burgers." Like us on Facebook and Instrgram @ASUCSUPERB for more event information. Event is FREE with Cal 1 Card.

Sailesh the Hypnotist
Saturday, September 3: 9-10:30pm
Pauley Ballroom, MLK

Dubbed "The World's Best Hypnotist," Sailesh the Hypnotist is here to bring you a performance you won't forget (unless you're hypnotized). Like us on Facebook and Instrgram @ASUCSUPERB for more event information. Event is FREE with Cal 1 Card.

On the Same Page Keynote Event with Bryan Stevenson
Wednesday, September 7: 6:30-8pm
Zellerbach Hall

Our featured guest, the author of Just Mercy, will speak on the topic of "American Justice: Mercy, Humanity and Making a Difference." Free and open to all on a first-come, first-seated basis. http://onthesamepage.berkeley.edu

Casino Night
Friday, September 9: 8-10pm
Pauley Ballroom, MLK

Practice your poker face and win awesome prizes at Casino Night! Games include craps, blackjack, poker, roulette, and much more! Like us on Facebook and Instrgram @ASUCSUPERB for more event information. Event is FREE with Cal 1 Card.

Throwback Screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey
Saturday, September 10: 7:45-10:30pm
Memorial Glade

Enjoy Stanley Kubrick's classic 2001: A Space Odyssey with friends under the night sky! Like us on Facebook and Instrgram @ASUCSUPERB for more event information. Event is FREE with Cal 1 Card.