Welcome to Berkeley!

UC Berkeley’s New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO) is an additional orientation designed to supplement orientations that are held by your academic department, school, or program. NGSO takes place both virtually and in-person.

  • August 19 & 20: Workshops are held virtually via Zoom from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time each day (activate your free Zoom account).
  • August 27: Join us for in-person workshops and a resource fair, held in Dwinelle Hall and Plaza from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

NGSO Schedule & Registration

We are hard at work planning NGSO with offices and organizations all over campus. Here is a small sample of the sessions we are preparing:

  • Connecting to Professional Development and Career Exploration Resources
  • What the Tech?! Navigating Tech Resources at UC Berkeley
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship Opportunities at UC Berkeley
  • Graduate Student Wellness and Mental Health
  • Funding your Graduate Education
  • The Graduate Assembly: UC Berkeley’s Graduate Student Government
  • Resources for Student Parents
  • Primer to the Office for Graduate Diversity
  • How to Get Involved and Find Community
  • The University Library: Your Partner in Research and Teaching

Registration coming soon!

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.

Getting Started

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