UC Berkeley’s New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO) is an additional orientation designed to supplement orientations that are held by your department, school, or program. NGSO takes place in August consisting of a series of virtual workshops, and in-person events. Registration and a 2023 schedule of events is coming soon.

We’re partnering with offices and organizations all over campus (for example: the libraries, Basic Needs Center, University Health Services, the Office for Graduate Diversity) to help provide information to ease your transition into graduate school, introduce you to campus services and opportunities to get involved, and help you get connected with graduate student communities.

three graduate students standing in front of sproul hall

Getting Started at Berkeley

Orientation isn’t until August but we’ve created a list of a few essential tasks to get you started.

photo of many different recorded ngso sessions

When and Where

New Graduate Student Orientation will be held August 15 – 17, with workshops held virtually from 1 – 4:30 p.m. each day.

Location: Virtual workshops via via Zoom (activate your free Zoom account)

Registration will be coming soon.

Other events for new graduate students