Congratulations on your admission to the University of California, Berkeley for the spring semester! Here are some important steps you should take immediately to help you start your academic career at Cal:
Options available to you this fall:
- FALL PROGRAM FOR FRESHMEN
Some of you are participating in the UC Extension Fall Program for Freshmen, where you will take Berkeley-equivalent courses during the fall semester that will count toward your graduation requirements. During the fall semester, College of Letters and Science advisers will contact you by email to discuss course enrollments for the spring semester. Look for our email announcements which will direct you to complete Academic Orienteering, the online advising tutorial, prior to our meetings with you. You will have the option to complete either Virtual Advising (through Academic Orienteering) to receive early advising on your spring schedule OR attend Group Advising for a short presentation and meet with a L&S Adviser in small groups for advising on your spring schedule.
- ATTEND A COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Attend a community college, where you can complete College requirements and prerequisites for your intended major. Prior to selecting courses at a community college, complete Academic Orienteering, the online advising tutorial, as it will help you determine the types of courses you should enroll in to satisfy college requirements and/or major prerequisites. Then use the Assist web site to find transferable courses that will satisfy various requirements.
Once you have completed your course work at another college, have an official transcript mailed to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 110 Sproul Hall, Berkeley CA, 94720-5800.
- GAP SEMESTER
You may also decide to not enroll for the fall semester in order to take time to work, travel, or relax.
Whatever you choose, be sure to sign up for the Cal Student Orientation program for Spring admits that will be held in mid-fall. Prior to CalSO you'll want to revisit Academic Orienteering. This will prepare you to make the most of your time with advisers during your orientation. Completing the tutorial will help you create a list of potential classes that fulfill the University requirements and prerequisites for your proposed majors in preparation for enrolling in courses for the spring semester. Be sure to bring this list of potential courses to your CalSO session.
If you haven't already done so, please complete Academic Orienteering, the L&S advising tutorial, before coming to your CalSO orientation in mid-fall. This tutorial will prepare you to make the most of your time with your intended major adviser during your CalSO session as well as introduce you to many campus resources for enrichment and support. During the tutorial you will create a list of potential courses for the spring semester. Please bring this list of proposed courses to your CalSO session.
(Those not completing this tutorial will be at a disadvantage during orientations, which may result in a delay in registering for first semester classes.)