6 Things Newly Admitted Students Should Know about UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley Admissions
Apr 16 · 3 min read

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.

“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. 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.

“Part of the reason I love Berkeley is because I am surrounded by people who love Berkeley as much as I do. It’s really a generative experience.” Jill Duerr Berrick, Professor, School of Social Welfare

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.

“Berkeley proves that you can have the highest caliber of performance and still serve the public good.” Lisa García Bedolla, Professor, Graduate School of Education

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.

“Even though Berkeley is such a huge pond, we provide a landing pad.” Erica “Bree” Rosenblum, Director, Berkeley Connect

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.

“As a queer woman of color, I love the intersectionality that Berkeley provides not only for me, as a member of the community, but for my professional work as well. You don’t need to be afraid to be uniquely you here.” Elizabeth Aranda, Licensed Psychologist, UC Berkeley

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.

“I always tell prospective students and families that I felt like I learned more as a student from outside of the classroom. The academic experience is amazing and there is a lot to offer students, especially around research. There are many opportunities here that enable you to make the Berkeley experience your own.” Stefan M. Montouth, Senior Assistant Director of Special Projects & Communications, Office of Undergraduate Admissions

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.

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