New students

Walking past Cory HallPhoto by Laura Vogt

Congratulations 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.

We know it can feel overwhelming to get oriented, registered, and moved in. Engineering Students Services, along with our partners across campus, offer a variety of resources to help you.

Before you submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) we hope you can attend Cal Day, which is a great way to get the flavor of all the Berkeley campus has to offer. Or, come to a College of Engineering Info Session in April.

Use the College of Engineering Undergraduate Guide to review the curriculum for your major and 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 at a California Community College, check to see if your credits can be transferred.

New student podcast

The (Not So) Secret Guide to Being a Berkeley EngineerESS has launched a podcast for new students called The (Not So) Secret Guide to Being a Berkeley Engineer. We'll be releasing new podcasts throughout the summer covering topics such as how to choose your first semester courses or what resources and support services are available in ESS to help you make the most of your time at Cal. You'll also hear firsthand from students about what it takes to make a successful start at Cal.

After you have submitted your SIR you will complete Golden Bear Advising (GBA) in June. GBA is an interactive online program that will introduce you to life at UC Berkeley, provide you with information about campus-wide activities and walk you through CalCentral, which is your online portal to course registration, financial aid information and more.

As part of GBA you will also complete the College of Engineering Online Orientation where you will meet your Engineering Student Services Adviser, learn about your college and major requirements and choose your first semester courses in preparation for class registration that starts July 10.

You will receive more information about Golden Bear Advising shortly after you have submitted your SIR. The SIR deadline is May 1 for freshmen and June 1 for transfers.

Between August 15 and August 22 you will participate in Golden Bear Orientation (GBO), a comprehensive, week-long orientation program to welcome all new students to the Berkeley campus. Throughout GBO, the College of Engineering will host many events including an all-day, mandatory, new student orientation on Wednesday, August 16. This will be a fun, social and community-building day where you will meet faculty and students in your major department. Details about GBO will be sent to you in the coming months.

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. In addition to these great programs, Engineering Student Services also offers tutoring and workshops throughout the year to ensure your success as a Berkeley engineering student.

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

Please note: New students are not able to make an appointment with their ESS adviser until after July 5. Before making an appointment to see their ESS adviser all new freshmen and transfer students must have completed Golden Bear Advising and submitted their proposed academic plan. 

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