Current Students - Undergraduates

Only at Cal: New class teaches undergrads how to ‘CRISPR’

August 21, 2018

For three weeks in July and August, 30 undergraduates took a summer course to learn how to use the revolutionary gene-editing technology in preparation for jumping into the research lab while still students. Read more...

Watch new students form giant ‘150’ at Bear Affair

August 16, 2018

As part of UC Berkeley’s Golden Bear Orientation (GBO), a week of training sessions, ice breakers, tours and academic programming, thousands of new students gathered at California Memorial Stadium last night to form a giant “150,” to celebrate the campus’s sesquicentennial.

GBO, helping new students get their bearings, kicks off today

August 15, 2018

Golden Bear Orientation (GBO) is in full swing today with 8,800 new students arriving at UC Berkeley for a week of training sessions, ice breakers, tours and academic programming before classes begin next week. Now in its second year, GBO welcomes 6,100 freshman and 2,700 transfer students to take part in a slew of activities to help them get to know the campus, including a training session about sexual violence and harassment, discussion sessions, campus tours, and Bay Area outings.

L&S First Lecture Series at Golden Bear Orientation

July 20, 2018

Attention incoming L&S students! Join some of our amazing faculty for fun and insightful lectures during Golden Bear Orientation on Thursday, August 16. Get a taste of what's in store for you this fall!

10:30-11:50am

Eileen Lacey: What Can Peromyscus, Promiscuity and Poop Tell Us About Human Behavior? (Haas Pavilion)

Thousands find new home at Berkeley on move-in day

August 14, 2018

6,400 new and returning students arriving on campus Tuesday, lugging shower totes, notebooks and heaps of anticipation and anxiety into UC Berkeley’s eight residence halls for the first chapter of their adult lives. Of the 6,100 first-year students, 71 percent come from California, almost 58 percent are female and 81 percent attended a public high school.

Grateful for Self-Confidence

Yuyang Zhong '21 photo by Jim BlockWho I Am

Yuyang Zhong, Class of 2021, San Francisco, CA

How Donors Helped

Leadership Fund donors support Freshman and Sophomore Seminars, small classes that give undergraduates a chance to explore interesting subjects in intimate settings.

Why we itch, and why it’s so hard to stop

August 1, 2018

Diana Bautista, an associate professor of Molecular & Cell Biology, at the University of California, Berkeley, says that in the last decade, our understanding of acute itch has skyrocketed. Read more...

Flies meet gruesome end under influence of puppeteer fungus

July 31, 2018

"In their death throes, the infected flies – like puppets on a string – obligingly climb to a high point and spread their wings, exposing their abdomen and allowing the fungus to shoot its spores as widely as possible to infect new flies." Read more...

Carillon to join global commemoration of Mandela’s 100th

July 16, 2018

Wednesday at noon, a UC Berkeley carillon concert will join a worldwide celebration of anti-apartheid leader and Nobel laureate Nelson Mandela, who would have turned 100 that day. The South African president’s government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalized racism and fostering racial reconciliation.

Students with wide array of talents, strong academics admitted to freshman class

July 12, 2018

Eagle Scouts, nationally ranked debaters, an under-18 world Scrabble champion and U.S. standouts in Extreme Cowboy Racing, cricket and swimming are among the 13,500 high school students being offered seats in UC Berkeley’s incoming class, following a highly competitive admissions cycle.