Getting Your Bearings

  • Welcome to Getting Your Bearings!


    The campus has planned three weeks of activities just for you! Be sure to get the free mobile app, Guidebook, and then under Download Guides, look for Getting Your Bearings 2014.


  • New Student Convocation and Chancellor's BBQ for New Undergraduates


    Monday, August 25, 4-8PM, Hearst Greek Theatre, BBQ to follow on Memorial Glade

    This is the official welcome for all new undergraduates. Hear from Chancellor Dirks and other esteemed speakers.


  • Calapalooza


    Wednesday, September 3 and Thursday, September 4, 4-8PM, on Upper Sproul, Wheeler, and Dwinelle Plazas

    Check out some of our 1300 student organizations at the annual tabling fair.


  • DeCal Expo


    Friday, September 5, 2-5PM, Upper Sproul Plaza

    DeCal Facilitators advertise their classes, and students can explore what's being offered this fall, decal.org.


  • Departmental Resource Fair


    Monday, September 8, 11AM-2PM, Upper Sproul Plaza

    Learn about how campus services can support your success at Cal!


  • Welcome to Getting Your Bearings!


    The campus has planned three weeks of activities just for you! Be sure to get the free mobile app, Guidebook, and then under Download Guides, look for Getting Your Bearings 2014.



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  • Welcome 2014 starts on August 23!

    Berkeley's welcome program is callled Getting Your Bearings. For fall 2014 we're organizing three full weeks of activities organized around themes: Welcome and Campus Culture, Community and Involvement, and Campus Services and Resources. See highlights in the next section below.


    Online Calendar

    Check the Calendar link in the navigation bar above to find events listed by type (e.g., Graduate, Library, and Muslim), or go here for the entire daily calendar.

    Here are links to specific sections: Orientations (grad, undergrad, college and major), Library Events, Student Affiliations (e.g., Chicano Latino, FPF, LGBTQ+), Student Learning Center, and Volunteer, Research and Internships.


    Guidebook App

    Download this really cool, useful and free mobile app to have all your Getting Your Bearings events at your fingertips! After you have the app, search and download: Getting Your Bearings 2014.


  • Week 2 Highlights: August 31-September 6


    Sunday, August 31, 2014

    Sundays on Telegraph: 11AM until 6PM, Telegraph Avenue will become a car-free people zone with musicians, dancers, artists, craftsmen, vendors and poets. Many UC Berkeley student groups will participate in the fun, Telegraph Avenue, 510/486-2366, http://www.telegraphberkeley.org/.

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

    Calapalooza Student Involvement Fair: 4PM until 8PM, Find a student group or two that you are interested in, watch amazing student group performances, and have fun, Upper Sproul, Wheeler, and Dwinelle Plazas, 510/642-5171, http://lead.berkeley.edu/orgs/calapalooza.

    Playfair: 8PM until 10PM, Join in on UC Berkeley's largest networking event! Play games, meet lots of new people, and have a great time! Start off your semester on a good note with Playfair, Memorial Glade, 510/643-8656, http://welcome.berkeley.edu/.

    Thursday, September 4, 2014

    Calapalooza Student Involvement Fair: 4PM until 8PM, Find a student group or two that you are interested in, watch amazing student group performances, and have fun, Upper Sproul, Wheeler, and Dwinelle Plazas, 510/642-5171, http://lead.berkeley.edu/orgs/calapalooza.

    ASUC SUPERB Presents | Cal Trivia Night: 8PM until 10PM, Bring your brain--no using cellphones or laptops--and test your trivia knowledge about Cal. Teams will be created and compete for Cal gear, 155 Dwinelle, 510/642-5171, http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~superb/.

    Friday, September 5, 2014

    DeCal Expo: 2PM until 5PM, Learn about all the great DeCal classes offered this fall, Sproul Plaza, 510/642-9127, http://www.decal.org/.

    ASUC SUPERB Presents | Late Night Comedy Night at Night: 9:30PM until 12:30AM, Kick off the semester right with a free double feature comedy night! The show will be jam-packed with hilarious stand up from Charlyne Yi (Knocked Up), Mike Recine (Late Night w. Conan), & Kyle Dunnigan (Inside Amy Schumer), along with comedic hypnotism from Michael C. Anthony. Come out for a night of free entertainment and, as always, a stupid amount of fun, 155 Dwinelle, 818/605-6840, http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~superb/.

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

    ASUC SUPERB Presents | Outdoor Concert: 8PM until 11PM, Bring your friends and come out to hear the hip-hop sound of New York's A$AP Ferg, Memorial Glade, 818/605-6840, http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~superb/.

  • Week 3 Highlights: September 7-14


    Sunday, September 7, 2014

    Public Service Day: 9AM unit 2PM, Spend a day volunteering with other students in the local community, Sproul Plaza, 510/642-3916, http://publicservice.berkeley.edu/welcome.

    Sundays on Telegraph: 11AM until 6PM, Telegraph Avenue will become a car-free people zone with musicians, dancers, artists, craftsmen, vendors and poets. Many UC Berkeley student groups will participate in the fun, Telegraph Avenue, 510/486-2366, http://www.telegraphberkeley.org/.

    Monday, September 8

    Departmental Resource Fair: 11AM until 2PM, Discover campus resources for student success, Upper Sproul Plaza, 510/642-4970.

    September 14, 2014

    Sundays on Telegraph: 11AM until 6PM, Telegraph Avenue will become a car-free people zone with musicians, dancers, artists, craftsmen, vendors and poets. Many UC Berkeley student groups will participate in the fun, Telegraph Avenue, 510/486-2366, http://www.telegraphberkeley.org/.