Welcome to Berkeley!

We are excited to welcome you to campus. Come back to this page in mid-August to 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.

Event Title: The Big Night
Department/Organization: Cal Athletics, Rally Committee, New Student Services
Date of the Event: August 23, 2015
Time of the Event: 10PM-1AM
Location: Haas Pavilion
Description of the Event: 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.

Event Title: New Student Convocation  
Department/Organization: New Student Services 
Date of the Event: August 24, 2015
Time of the Event: 4PM-5PM
Location: Greek Theatre
Description of the Event: 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. Convocation is in the Greek Theatre at 4PM.

Event Title: Chancellor’s Party
Department/Organization: University Relations
Date of the Event: August 24, 2015
Time of the Event: 5PM-8PM
Location: Memorial Glade
Description of the Event: Following New Student Convocation, Join the all the other new students for on Memorial Glade for a large social gathering to Celebrate the beginning of the semester.

Event Title: Bear Pact
Department/Organization: New Student Services
Date of the Event: August 25, 2015
Time of the Event: 10AM-11:30AM, 1PM-2:30PM, 3:30PM-5PM
Location: Zellerbach Hall
Description of the Event: 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. welcome.berkeley.edu, (510) 642-4970.

Event Title: What's Your ImPACT
Department/Organization: New Student Services 
Date of the Event: August 25, 2015 - August 28, 2015
Time of the Event: 6PM-9PM
Location: Unit 2, Wada Apartments, Basement Floor
Description of the Event: An additional component to the Bear Pact program showcasing the awareness of alcohol and drug use, sexual assault and violence prevention, and mental health, welcome.berkeley.edu, (510) 642-4970.

Event Title: Calapalooza
Department/Organization: LEAD Center
Date of the Event: September 2, 2015
Time of the Event: 2PM-7PM
Location: Sproul Plaza, Lower Sproul
Description of the Event: Student Organization tabling fair sponsored by the LEAD Center

Event Title: Caltopia 2015 
Department/Organization: Recreational Sports
Date of the Event: August 23, 2015 and August 24, 2015
Time of the Event: 10AM-4PM
Location: Recreational Sports Facility
Description of the Event: 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