New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO) is an optional orientation designed to supplement orientations that are held by your department, school, or program. We’re partnering with offices and organizations all over campus 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.

Join Us!


All sessions will be conducted virtually this year via Zoom. Starting August 15, all participants and hosts will be required to sign into a Zoom account prior to joining meetings. Learn how to activate your FREE licensed Zoom account as a UC Berkeley student.


Sessions delivered live August 18-25, 2020 from 1-4 pm PDT (or watch recordings).


View the full NGSO 2020 Program Schedule (PDF). Highlights include:

  • Welcome Address on August 19, featuring remarks by Vice Provost for Graduate Studies Lisa García Bedolla and Graduate Assembly President Luis Tenorio and keynote address from Dr. Erin M. Kerrison, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Welfare.
  • GradFest on August 25, a virtual graduate student organization and resource fair co-hosted by the LEAD Center, the Graduate Assembly, and the Graduate Division.

Register to Join:

To register for sessions, visit our CampusLabs site at and log in with your CalNet ID. View and RSVP for individual workshops by filtering for New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO) events under Categories.

Technical Support:

Important Communications for Incoming Grads

You should be receiving/have received communications with helpful information about resources and important things to take care of as you come on board. If you missed these emails, you can read them here.

Upcoming Orientations, Housing Guides, and our 2020 Graduate Student Handbook

Get Ready for Berkeley!

Register for New Graduate Student Orientation, Aug. 18-25

Financial resources available to you at UC Berkeley

Other Orientation Events

International Graduate Student Orientation

Teaching Conference for First-Time GSI’s

GradFest – a virtual graduate student organization and resource fair (CalNet log-in required)

Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Prevention Trainings

UC Berkeley is committed to creating a safe environment and providing education to address issues of sexual harassment and sexual violence in our community. As one part of our comprehensive prevention education program, incoming students must participate in a live Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Prevention Training. Some departments and programs will host a training as part of their orientation programs. Any student may also sign up to attend an open training hosted by the Graduate Division and the PATH to Care Center.

Click on an individual session below to register (CalNet log-in required).


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