Getting Ready for Graduate School

It's never too early to begin preparing for graduate school. In fact, many of the choices you make throughout your time as an undergraduate will influence your readiness for graduate studies. UC Berkeley offers these tools and opportunities to help you make the most of your undergraduate experience.

Getting into Grad School (GiGS) is a collaborative partnership between the Graduate Diversity Program (GDP), and the Graduate Assembly (GA), whose ultimate goal is to encourage and prepare undergraduate UC Berkeley students to select, apply, and enroll in graduate school. By engaging key staff and graduate student mentors with motivated undergraduates, we hope undergraduates leave the mentoring program with a better understanding of what the process entails and are inspired to pursue academic careers and create change in the future. For more information, please visit:

Step by Step. An advising tool for arts & humanities and social sciences students. Step by Step offers valuable information and year-by-year advice for all Berkeley undergraduates interested in preparing for graduate study.

Summer research opportunities for undergraduates: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of exciting and challenging research programs each summer. Programs are unique to each sponsoring institution.

At UC Berkeley, the OURS program is intended to give undergraduates a taste of graduate-level research.