6 Things Newly Admitted Students Should Know about UC Berkeley
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.
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. You can find more than 1,200 student organizations, resources, and programs run by students, and opportunities to get involved in advocacy efforts on campus, just to name a few.
2. We bring communities together through academics.
Berrick’s love of Berkeley as a graduate student and current faculty member led her to co-found the Berkeley Hope Scholars in 2005, an academic retention program that supports all incoming freshman, transfer, graduate, and continuing students who are current and former foster youth, probation youth, or were orphaned before the age of 18. The program has helped more than 140 students to date.
3. We believe in giving back through public service.
Garcia-Bedolla, another proud Berkeley alum who is also the incoming Vice Provost for Graduate Studies & Dean of the Graduate Division, is Director of the Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) in which she specializes in civic engagement in communities of color. In addition to political polling and research, IGS offers fellowships for students wanting to get involved in public service.
4. Our mentors are here to help you navigate.
In addition to being a faculty member with the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, Rosenblum is director of Berkeley Connect, a mentoring program that helps new students acclimate and find their sense of belonging at Berkeley.
5. We recognize the importance of mental wellness.
Aranda is a counselor for University Health Services, where she is a member of the transgender care team, offers drop-in sessions for LGBTQ+ students, is an undocu-ally with the Undocumented Student Program, and works with first-generation college students. The University Health Services Tang Center provides comprehensive medical, mental health, insurance, and health promotion services to all Berkeley students, and a variety of health programs for faculty and staff.
6. You can make the Berkeley experience your own.
Montouth, a staff member and Berkeley alum, was active on campus as an ASUC Senator, which eventually led to a role after graduation with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. He enjoys advising families on the different opportunities they may find when they come to Berkeley, such as First-Year Pathways, which gives freshmen four different options for starting their first year of college, including opportunities to study in London and Hong Kong.