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Fall 2020 Resources

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Where to Go, What to Know for Fall 2020

Editor’s note: As you begin your Golden Bear journey, bookmark the resources below to stay informed about campus services and academic options, and keep an eye on your Berkeley email account and CalCentral for updates. Follow the links as prompted to stay up to date and prepare for classes.

Perhaps more than ever before, your Berkeley experience will be defined by how you choose to make the most of a unique academic opportunity. Chancellor Christ shared that UC Berkeley will offer a variety of options for how students may participate in classes and the campus community this coming fall. Almost all academic offerings will be provided remotely, with limited in-person options for students who wish to come to campus. Students will not be required to take in-person classes or be present on campus. Check out the brand new “Semester in the Cloud” program that features large “gateway” courses and several critical-path classes that will allow students to make progress toward meeting major and breadth requirements.

Now that you know you’ll be able to take the classes you need from wherever you need to be, read on to learn how you can start building community with fellow students, and get updates about living on campus and other critical student services.

Tune into Berkeley

Connect with fellow students and hear about campus news:

Check out the Berkeley Life Instagram channel, which talks about what it’s like to be an undergrad and shares resources to help you.

Orientation starts in the summer, as students complete online modules and meet deadlines, just as Golden Bears in previous years began their student experience — with Golden Bear Advising and Golden Bear Prep. Core Golden Bear Orientation (GBO) material will be shared prior to class instruction starting. Some of the in-person components of GBO will be online, and other programming will be extended throughout the 2020–2021 school year to help support your needs and work within campus event guidelines.

Housing supports students to make the best decision for you and your family about where to live. This year, campus housing will be limited and the experience will look different due to physical distance guidelines. Some students may decide not to live in campus housing in the fall. The deadline to indicate whether you still wanted to receive a campus housing offer for the fall was June 24. Housing contract offers are expected by mid-July.

Dining will continue to offer meal plans for students living in campus housing or for those in the campus area, and will have to-go service.

Financial Aid and Scholarships is here to support you and maintains its commitment to provide comprehensive financial aid, especially during this challenging and uncertain time. Financial aid is sharing updates and changes due to the pandemic along with helpful steps you can take now to ensure your finances are on track for fall. For starters, you can monitor and complete your tasks in Cal Central, sign up for Direct Deposit or watch a video about your Expected Family Contribution and how to make an appeal if your financial circumstances have changed.

The Student Technology Equity Program (STEP) is an option for students with financial need to gain access to a laptop, Wi-Fi hotspot, and/or other required technology for classes. To be considered in time for the beginning of Fall semester, apply for STEP by the priority deadline, July 15, 2020.

Cal Student Central is providing online and phone advising for financial aid, registration, and billing inquiries. Please call 510-664-9181 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. (Pacific), or create a case with your inquiry. Cal Student Central is responding to all inquiries within 1 to 3 business days.

Berkeley International Office enhances international student experiences by sharing expertise in advising, immigration services, advocacy, and programming. You’ll find answers to common questions and support resources that are unique for international students.

Registrar offers answers to frequently asked questions about fall instruction to help you and your family make decisions that are right for you. Plans may be adapted due to prevailing health conditions, so keep an eye out for new information.

Monitor campus updates (page managed by Public Affairs), including news related to the pandemic and comprehensive news affecting the entire UC Berkeley community (students, faculty, staff, and the general public).

The coronavirus pandemic has defined 2020 as an unprecedented and challenging time around the world. UC Berkeley programs, departments, services, and student organizations are adapting to accommodate the latest health and safety guidelines and find the best way to continue to support your education and wellbeing.