New students

Walking past Cory HallPhoto by Noah BergerCongratulations on your admission to Berkeley’s College of Engineering — and on your new status as a Berkeley Engineer! You’re joining a dynamic community of leaders, thinkers and dreamers who are making a world of difference. Whatever you hope to do in life, your journey starts here — where you’ll find friends, teachers and growth experiences that will turn your ideas and dreams into reality.

We know it can feel overwhelming to get oriented, registered, signed-up and moved in. We offer a wide selection of resources to help you. Cal Day, held each spring, is a great way to get the flavor of all the Berkeley campus has to offer. CalSO is the strongly recommended student orientation in June that will answer a lot of your first questions about attending Berkeley and give you a head start on registering for classes.

Go to the College of Engineering Undergraduate Guide to review the curriculum for your major. You can also check to see which requirements you may have satisfied with your Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or A-Level exams. If you’ve completed college-level coursework elsewhere, check to see if your credits can be transferred.

All incoming students are required to complete the College of Engineering online orientation before coming to CalSO and before registering for classes. The online orientation will introduce you to your adviser in Engineering Student Services and will assist you in choosing courses for the fall semester. You will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to complete the online orientation shortly after the deadline to submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) – May 1 for freshmen, June 1 for transfers.

New students are not able to make an appointment with their ESS advisor until after July 5th. Before making an appointment to see their ESS advisor all new freshman and transfer students should have attended a CalSO session, or if they are not attending CalSO they must have completed the Online Orientation and submitted their proposed academic plan.

We will host a mandatory new student orientation, Tuesday, August 23. This will be a fun, social and community-building day where you will meet faculty and students in your major department. Look for an email with all the details. 

You’ll find plenty of support as you navigate your way through your undergraduate career. The Pre-Engineering Program (PREP) and Transfer Pre-Engineering Program (T-PREP) give entering freshmen and transfers a competitive edge before school begins. The Engineering Scholars as Engaged Scholars program offers Berkeley Engineers a chance to combine their scholarship with an interest in community outreach and social justice.

For more information and support resources, contact Engineering Student Services in 230 Bechtel Engineering Center. We’re here to help!

Nandita Sampath

I'm a Berkeley Engineer

“Everyone is really diverse and motivated, and I’ve been inspired by them to do my best every day.” Nandita Sampath, materials science & engineering/electrical engineering & computer sciences, 2017