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 an in-person event. View the 2023 schedule of sessions.

We’re partner 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.

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NGSO Recordings

2023 NGSO is over, but session recordings are now available to watch online.

Watch now

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Getting Started at Berkeley

We’ve created a list of a few essential tasks to get you started.

Getting Started

Other events for new graduate students