The adventure is just beginning for the UC Berkeley Class of 2024. High school may have come to an untraditional end this year, but #BerkeleyBound students are already excited to begin the journey of a lifetime. What are our newest Golden Bears looking forward to?

Sharing A Passion for a Better World

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Jaime Lopez

“I am most excited about obtaining all the great knowledge UC Berkeley has to offer and its ability to push students to advocate for what they believe in.”

– Jaime L., Microbial and Cell Biology (Dixon, CA)


Did you know that more than $750 million is awarded in financial aid annually to UC Berkeley undergraduate students? If you’re one of two-thirds of students to receive financial aid, these questions and answers are a valuable starting point to learn more about your options. There are also many online resources available to help you gain financial literacy and be better prepared to fund your education.

Q. How can I make sure my financial aid goes through?

A. Your first step is to be sure you meet all financial aid deadlines and eligibility requirements. Complete assigned tasks promptly. …


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Courtyard overlooking Unit 1 residence hall

Beginning a new academic year is an exciting time at UC Berkeley. Alongside decisions like choosing classes and picking clubs to join, students often put a lot of thought into selecting their housing preferences. The questions in this guide can help you identify your top five preferences for on-campus housing at UC Berkeley.

Under normal operations, all new students receive priority for housing. It is not possible to know at this time whether the COVID-19 pandemic will allow for normal operations in student housing and residential life in Academic Year 2020–2021. …


Students stroll below Berkeley’s iconic Campanile.
Students stroll below Berkeley’s iconic Campanile.
Photo by UC Berkeley.

A world of opportunities

Every UC Berkeley student has a unique story behind what brought them to the university. Below are some of the individual reasons why students chose Berkeley for their college adventure.

To pursue goals and create social change


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Photo by: David Wakely

From community to convenience, Berkeley students share why living on campus was right for them.

For many UC Berkeley students, residence halls provide a home and support network during their time at college. Hear from students and a Resident Assistant about their experiences living in the residence halls, and why they love living on campus.

A sense of community


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Hear from students and faculty on what Berkeley has to offer transfer students and about the strong transfer community on campus.

What makes UC Berkeley the university of choice for transfer students? We asked current students, faculty, and staff to share their experiences with the proud transfer community at Berkeley. Here’s what they have to say about why students choose to transfer to Berkeley from community college.

Academic opportunities and support


When you become a Golden Bear, you become part of a community rich in excellence, engagement, and opportunity. We asked current students, faculty, and staff, many of whom are Berkeley alumni themselves, to share what makes our campus special, and what kinds of unique experiences you can find only at Berkeley. Here are some of their thoughts and resources.

1. Our students are engaged beyond the classroom.

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“You are going to find some profound and unique discussions at Berkeley. You will be pushed out of your comfort zone and come out better prepared for the world.” Alexander Wilfert, Senior, Political Economy, ASUC President

The Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC), the official student organization of Berkeley, offers many ways to get involved and find your own unique voice. …


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At Berkeley, students are committed to exploring and developing solutions for the world’s toughest challenges. Being part of a campus that’s a research powerhouse means that all of our students — undergraduate as well as graduate — have countless opportunities to take part in research alongside top faculty and in research centers across campus. We asked some of our undergraduate students to share how their projects are making a difference. Here are some of their stories.


Students find community and belonging on Berkeley’s large and diverse campus

Students who are thinking about attending Berkeley sometimes wonder how they will make friends on such a large campus. A cross-section of students from a range of backgrounds answered the question: How did you find community? One theme ran through all the answers. The students got involved in something that interested them, whether it was through recreational sports, volunteer work, student organizations, or study groups. Berkeley students share how they made friends on campus. And provide leads about student groups and campus resources so you can too.

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“I found my community through my volunteer work.” Akua Asantewa, Political Economy

I would advise incoming students to be open to pushing themselves out of their comfort zones and trying out new experiences or activities to develop a community. …


Students facing obstacles flourish in college

UC Berkeley students share their experiences overcoming personal struggles with money, majors, stress, and more, and share campus resources for others so they can thrive in college.

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Oscar, Political Science

The biggest hurdle I had to overcome was tackling the academic rigor that is synonymous with Berkeley while also having to adapt to living on my own for the first time. As a person with a visual impairment, each of these situations stood as a challenge on their own. But it has been through perseverance and with the help of mentors, the Disabled Students’ Program, and friends that I have been able to succeed in my studies. Being a part of a community like Berkeley where so many people come from different walks of life really made me reflect on my own sense of identity. …

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